Date: March 20, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Herbert, Sondjaja land Canadian cards

Another day, another couple of cards for rising young Australian professionals.

Victorian Lucas Herbert continued his exemplary summer today, sealing a card on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada after four fighting rounds at Q-School at Carlton Oaks Country Club near San Diego.

And joining him in Canada this northern summer will be New South Welshman Ruben Sondjaja, who scraped through in the last of 16 berths on offer with a quality final round.

Herbert, who recently also earned status on the PGA Tour China this year, has enjoyed a superb trot with several grand performances across the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia summer.

Near misses at the New South Wales Open, Australian Open, Australian PGA and World Super 6 Perth fitted nicely around his qualification for this year's Open Championship with a T8 finish at the Singapore Open.

All of which also helped the Bendigo ace land a berth in the Golf Australia rookie squad announced today.

Herbert carded rounds of 71-72-71-70 to finish in a share of seventh this week at four under, eight behind medallist Sam Fidone, of Texas.

Sondjaja, who graduated from Iowa State University last year, took the opposite route, fighting back from opening rounds of 73-74 to close with 71-69 to finish one under.

The Sydneysider's final 14 holes were played in an impressive four under par, sealing his first major international tour card just months after turning pro.

Both Aussies are exempt for the first four events in Canada and will then be subject to a re-shuffle.

The tour, which has a direct pathway to the Web.Com Tour in 2019, starts in Vancouver in late May.

Meanwhile, two other young Aussie pros have fared well in the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica season opening event.

Sydney's Harrison Endycott was the model of consistency in firing rounds of 70-68-69-69 (12 under) en route to a share of 12th at the Guatemala Open in his first professional event in Central America.

Melbourne's Ryan Ruffels couldn't reproduce his opening-round salvo, but closed with a 72 to share 18th at 10 under, 10 behind the winner Ben Polland, of the United States.