Alumnus makes PGA tour

2000 Campbell graduate Brad Fritsch had the opportunity to play part of the PGA Tour. At the event in San Diego, Fritsch made 36 holes. He finished in the top 10 of the tournament.

“It was the ultimate grind today,” Fritsch tweeted. “Best thing I can say is, I ran thru the finish line with 2 birdies on 17 and 18.”

Heading into the 3rd round of the Tour, he is three strokes behind Tiger Woods. Fritsch shot 69-67 in the first two rounds of the tour.

As a rookie, he said knows how important the next two rounds will be for him.

“You’ve just got to go out there and take care of your own,” Fritsch said.

While attending Campbell, Fritsch made a positive impression on his fellow teammates of the university’s golf team.

Tim Crooks was captain on the golf team during Fritsch’s college career.

“He had raw talent and every year his games got better,” Crooks said.

Fritsch was honored twice as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Also, as a senior he finished 9th in the 2000 league championship.

Crooks and Fritsch are still good friends today.

Fritsch has also been in other mini tours such as the Canadian Tour and Tour.

Earning a top 25 spots in the Tour led him to qualify for this year’s PGA Tour.

As soon as he graduated from Campbell in 2000, his professional success has been on the rise.

Crooks said, “I’m so proud of his success and I’m so glad to still be his friend and a part of his life.”

Back here at Campbell, Fritsch hopes that others here at Campbell are as serious as he was about golf. He is proud of his success and said he will never forget Campbell University and everything John and Tim Crooks taught him.

“As much as I am proud of his success, I would have never seen him finally making it into the PGA Tour,” Crooks said.

Fritsch is looking forward to the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Phoenix, Arizona Jan 31- Feb. 3, the third round of PGA Tournament.

He said he isn’t looking to win the tournament; he would just like to be part of the top ranked. H

After 13 years, he has finally made it to the PGA tour.

Recently, Brad showed his Camel Pride by tweeting a picture of his caddie, Jeff Scott wearing a Campbell University logo by Fritsch’s name on his caddie bib.

Follow Brad Fritsch on Twitter @BradFritsch.

By Lynjosha Russell
Staff Writer

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