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Daniel Miernicki posts stellar 64 to capture PGA Tour Canada qualifier

Daniel Miernicki finished atop the leaderboard in the PGA Tour Canada's California Qualifying Tournament.
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Daniel Miernicki of the U.S. fired a final round 64 at Oak Valley Golf Club on Friday to win medalist honours at PGA Tour Canada’s California Qualifying Tournament.

Miernicki, a teammate of two-time PGA Tour Canada winner Eugene Wong at the University of Oregon, carded eight birdies and finished 15-under total to win by two over three players.

Forty-four players finished 1-over or better to earn status on PGA Tour Canada for 2014, with 18 players earning exempt status.

Americans J.P. Brown, Hunter Hamrick and Devin Daniels all birdied the first hole of a six-way playoff to earn exempt status at 3-under par, while 1-over was the cutoff for conditional status.

Miernicki, who carded a 6-under 66 in round one, said he’s looking forward to playing in Canada this summer, especially alongside his old Oregon Ducks teammate.

Two shots behind Miernicki were Quebec City resident Alexis Anghert, England’s Greg Eason and Sam Ryder of the U.S., each at 13-under par.

Among the notables to earn exempt status were former NEC Series – PGA Tour Latinoamerica winner Alan Wagner and Hunter Hamrick, a 3-time All-American at the University of Alabama.

Justin Kim lone Canadian to earn status

Hamilton’s Justin Kim shot a final round 73 to finish at even par for the tournament and earn conditional status for 2014. The former PGA Tour Canada member made one of four cuts in 2013 and will look to improve on a career-best finish of T57 at last year’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial.

Three amateurs earn Tour Canada cards

Eason, Trent Redfern and 16-year-old Kristian Caparros all earned PGA Tour Canada status, with Eason locking up exempt status with his T2 finish. The 21-year-old, who claimed his seventh collegiate win on Sunday, said it was a relief to know he had plans secured for his first summer as a professional.

Orlando Q-School up next

PGA Tour Canada heads to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Golf Resort outside Orlando next week for the second of three qualifying tournaments for 2014.

A field of 132 will once again tee it up for 18 exempt cards, with the rest of the top-10 plus ties earning conditional status.

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