Gilman wins Mackenzie-PGA Tour Canada Q-school

Chris Gilman of Orange Lutheran High in Orange and the University of Denver is headed for Canada..

The 30-year-old Gilman, from Yorba Linda, closed with a 1-under-par 71 to win Mackenzie-PGA Tour Canada Qualifying School by four strokes over Matt Picanso and Preston Valder at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee.

“It’s massive,” said Gilman, the 2014 California State Open champion, who has played on the Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica. “Obviously the goal is to be the Order of Merit winner (for 2017), and I’m going with guns blazing and we’ll see what happens.”

Gillman posted a score of 66-69-71-71–277, 11-under, while Picanso, the 2015 Monterey Open winner from Vista and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, totaled 71-70-75-65–281, and Valder, of Yorba Linda and UCLA wound up at 70-73-72-66–281.

Cody Blick of Danville and San Jose State, the 2012 San Francisco City champion, shot 71-72-67-72–282 to tie for fourth with Sean Walsh, who wound up at 69-71-71-71–282.

Rico Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, a senior at USC and the 2016 Southern California Golf Association Amateur champion, carded a score of 67-68-75-73–283 to tie for sixth with Robby Ormond, who finished at 68-72-71-72–283, and Nathaniel James, who came in at 66-73-73-71–283.

Daniel Cho of Diamond Bar tied for 12th at 72-72-69-75–288, Mathias Dahl of Sweden and the University of San Diego was 14th at 69-79-67-74–289 and Eric Hawerchuk, 2016 Canada Cup champion and the son of NHL Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, tied for 15th at 73-73-71-73–290.

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