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Friday, September 21 2018 @ 01:23 PM UTC

Canadians Can't Make Up Ground In Panama

Golfers & Golfing Marty Henwood - Canadian Tour PANAMA CITY, Panama--Despite making the cut at the Movistar Panama Championship, four Canadians weren’t able to make a move over the weekend at the Nationwide Tour’s season-opener. Jon Mills of Belleville, Ont. was the top Canuck, finishing in a tie for 32nd at 5-over 285. Chris Baryla (Vernon, BC) was 37th along with 2004 Canadian Tour money leader Erik Compton while David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., the Times Colonist Open champion in 2004, placed 51st. Making his Nationwide Tour debut, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont. had his struggles on the weekend, posting rounds of 79-76 to come in 63rd. Miguel Carballo fired a final round 5-under 65 and at minus-6 held on for a two shot win over Jim McGovern, Hunter Haas and Patrick Sheehan. Carballo, who lists Eduardo Romero, Angel Cabrera, Ricardo Gonzalez and De Vicenzo among his heroes, becomes the fourth Latin American to win on the Nationwide Tour, joining Paraguay's Angel Franco and Mexico's Keoke Cotner and Esteban Toledo. The victory -- worth $99,000 -- gives him full status on the Nationwide Tour through the end of the 2008 season. "I still can't believe I won," said Carballo, one of nine siblings. "I didn't think I would ever win but I'm happy that I did. To win any Nationwide Tour tournament would be a thrill, but to do it in Latin America makes it even more special. Earning a Nationwide Tour card and having the opportunity to fulfill a goal of mine to play on the PGA TOUR is beyond words."
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