Friesen cruises to big win in Missouri|
Springfield, MO (Sports Network) - Steve Friesen fired an eight-under 64 on
Sunday to cruise to a five-stroke win at the Price Cutter Charity
Friesen, who earned his first Nationwide Tour title, finished at 26-under-par
262. After Doug LaBelle set the tournament scoring record of 261 in 2006, four
of the last five winners have finished at 262.
This was just Friesen's second start on the Nationwide Tour since 2009. He
missed 2010 with hip problems and started 2011 with a minor medical exemption.
Friesen finally got into his first event last week at the Cox Classic, and the
$2,411 he earned for tying for 49th was enough to get him into this week's
He was playing a pro-am when a friend called and told him he got into this
event. Friesen made his way to Highland Springs Country Club, and was on fire
right from the start.
"There are so many great players on this tour that I knew I had to go real low
today," Friesen admitted. "When you have an opportunity like this you want to
take advantage of it."
Gavin Coles closed with a six-under 66 to end alone in second place at
Travis Hampshire, who shared the 54-hole lead with Friesen, managed a two-
under 70. He finished alongside Cliff Kresge (67), Paul Claxton (66), Josh
Broadaway (69) and Ted Potter, Jr. (67) at 20-under-par 268.
Friesen had a steady front nine. He had just one birdie in the first six
holes, then converted back-to-back birdie chances from the seventh to move
into the lead at 21-under.
The 34-year-old Nebraska native birdied the par-five 11th and came back with a
birdie on the par-four 14th.
Friesen had a comfortable lead at that point, but turned it into a blowout.
He birdied the final three holes to win by five strokes.
"I wanted to stay strong at the end. I didn't want to just hover," Friesen
said. "I know that you can't force anything."
Justin Bolli matched Friesen for the low round of the day with his 64. That
helped Bolli jump from a share of 31st into eighth place at 19-under-par 269.
Jay Williamson (66), Casey Wittenberg (70) and Michael Sims (69) shared ninth
NOTES: Friesen earned $112,500 for the win and jumped to 23rd on the money
list despite playing just two events all year...The tour heads to Kansas next
week for the Midwest Classic, where Michael Sim won in 2009...The tournament
was not played last year.
08/14 20:21:59 ET