When he boarded a plane for Canada last month, first year Mackenzie Tour participant Sam Fidone was hopeful for a good showing.
Four events into the PGA Canada season and Fidone is performing as one of the top players on the tour. This past weekend at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open Fidone finished in 4th place after shooting -21.
Fidone won his second event on the year at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist. The win brought home $36,000 for the former Lufkin Panther.
Coming off of the win, Fidone expected to keep up a strong showing. but finished in a tie for 17th place at -3.
"The last 2 weeks I’ve had a somewhat below standard day for at least one of the four rounds," Fidone said. "I've also made some mistakes that I know how to and will improve upon going into the next stretch of tournaments but overall my play is solid and confident which is exactly how I intend to play the rest of this season."
Fidone has traveled enough around the U.S. and Canada that he is becoming familiar with all types of courses. Playing on different grasses and on terrains with different wind patterns is not a concern. The one thing Fidone is enjoying the most is the weather.
"I’ve played so much golf now I’m going to be comfortable wherever I go," Fidone said. "A tournament is a tournament, no matter how close or far away from home it is. The courses don’t play too much different than the south. I’m just not having to deal with the heat right now which is always nice because we all know how Texas summers can get."
The top four finish was not just a confidence booster for Fidone, but it also kept him in "The Five". That is the top five money performers on the Mackenzie Tour. Fidone is currently in second on the list with his winnings totaling $47,417. He trails fellow American Zach Wright who is in the lead with $59,500. Fidone leads the third place golfer by $5,817.
Fidone will have a longer rest as the tour is off this coming weekend. The next stop for Fidone and the other golfers will be in Windsor, Ontario at the Windsor Championship.
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