LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin native Sam Fidone only needed two events north of the border before finding the win column.
Fidone had a small lead after the first 54 holes and shot a five-under 65 in the final round of the Bayview Place DCBank Open on the Mackenzie Tour to claim the tournament victory by five shots over Ohio native Blake Sattler. According to the PGA website, Fidone is just the second ever player to win on both the Mackenzie Tour and the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica.
Fidone shot an even round through the first four holes but then birdied three of the next four holes. On the back nine it was another solid performance as Fidone picked up two more birdies and seven pars on his way to the winner's circle and a payday of $36,000.
"Warming up this morning I felt really confident and really strong," Fidone told PGA reporters. "I talked to all my friends and family and girlfriend and felt really good going into the day. I knew my game plan was right and I just needed to commit to it. You never know what can happen in this game, you get one bad bounce, one bad draw or hit one bad shot and you never know what's going to happen. I played a little more conservative today and chose more conservative lines, I wasn't really going at it, but I made sure I missed it in the right spot if I ended up missing it."
Before heading to Canada, Fidone had been active on the Adams Pro Tour, winning two events this calendar year and finishing in second on another. During the off season Fidone made the choice to try and qualify for the Canadian circuit over the Latin American Circuit where he had previously played.
It is early still on the tour with 11 events remaining but Fidone has worked his way into "the Five," the list is reserved for the top 5 performers on tour. At the end of the season, they will earn spots on the Web.com Tour which is one step beneath the PGA Tour.
"I remember the first year I turned professional I won the money list on the winner's series events on the Adam's Tour, those are just two-day events," Fidone said. "I didn't win a tournament until my second or third year as a professional, and I think a little bit of a door opened when that happened."
The next event on the tour will start on June 14 at the CanadaBC Championship. In an interview last month, Fidone said he would most likely play at the Adams event in Lufkin during July since it is an open week on the Makenzie Tour.