PGA Tour hopefuls move on to next Q-School test
Six second-stage qualifiers will be held this week to determine the field for the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School.
Below is a breakdown of each qualifier:
Southern Hills Plantation Club
Billy Hurley, a former officer in the U.S. Navy and member of the 2005 Walker Cup team, tied for medalist honors at Brooksville, Fla. Ty Tryon, the former teen phenom who earned his PGA Tour card at 17-years-old, advanced on the number.
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Bear Creek Golf Course
Danny Lee, the 2008 U.S. Amateur Champion and winner of a European Tour event as an amateur, shot a final-round 71 to finish T-12 and advance to the final stage.
Tyrone Van Aswegen won medalist honors at 11 under, topping Mike Ruiz by two shots. Also advancing were Richard Lee (T-5), runner-up at the 2006 U.S. Junior; Jason Kokrak (T-6), money winner on this year’s eGolf Professional Tour; Matthew Giles (T-10) a former first-team All-American at USC; PGA Tour player Cameron Tringale (T-10), a member of the 2009 Walker Cup team; and Daniel Woltman, winner of the 2009 Northeast Amateur.
Failing to advance were Bob May (T-27), runner up at the 2000 PGA Championship and Roger Tambellini, a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, who withdrew after a pair of 76s.
Also failing to advance was Clay Ogden, the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. Ogdgen, was even par through three rounds, but shot 87 in Saturday's final round to miss by 13 shots. Martin Ureta, who lost to Ogden in the finals of the 2005 APL, advanced on the number.
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLA.
Hombre Golf Club (Bad/Ugly)
Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant, moved a step closer to a PGA Tour card Saturday, finishing seventh at the Panama City Beach, Fla., qualifier. Compton closed with 72 at Hombre Golf Club to finish at 4 under, one ahead of Tim Wilkinson, Nicholas Thompson, Craig Bowden and Brent Delahoussaye, who also advanced.
Seong Ho Lee was medalist at 9 under, finishing one ahead of former PGA Tour winner Dicky Pride, who recorded three top 10s on the Nationwide Tour in 2010.
Also advancing was PGA Tour mainstays Darron Stiles (T-3) and Skip Kendall (T-5), as well as Omar Uresti (T-5), who graduated out of Q-School in 2009.
Failing to advance was 2006 Byron Nelson winner Brett Wetterich (T-28); Paul Claxton (T-30), who recorded five Nationwide Tour top 10s this year; and two-time Tour winner Len Mattiace (T-41).
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TPC Craig Ranch
Tommy Biershenk closed with a 7-under 65 to claim medalist honors at the McKinney, Texas, qualifier.
Biershenk, of Boiling Springs, S.C., finished at 18-under 270, three shots ahead of David Lutterus and two-time European Tour winner Pablo Martin.
Gary Woodland, who split time on the Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour this year, finished fourth at 13 under.
Brett Waldman, caddie of PGA Tour player Camilo Villegas, finished T-14 to advance.
Failing to qualify for the final stage was 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton and former British Amateur champion and Walker Cupper Drew Weaver (T-54).
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Bayonet and Black Horse GC (Bayonet course)
Danny Wax fired four rounds in the 60s to earn medalist honors at the Seaside, Calif., qualifier. Wax, who made three Nationwide Tour starts in 2009, finished at 17-under 271 to top Kent Jones by three shots.
Also advancing out of Bayonet and Black Horse GC was Joseph Bramlett (T-4), a Stanford grad that competed in this year’s U.S. Open and won the 2010 Northeast Amateur; Matt Davidson (T-6), a Furman grad that recorded four top 10s on the Nationwide Tour this year; and former Washington All-American Richard Lee (T-9).
Notables to miss the cut included Adam Bland, the 54-hole leader at last week’s Australian Masters; Former teen phenom Tadd Fujikawa (T-57); and former Arizona State standout Chan Kim (T-63).
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Redstone Golf Club (Member Course)
James Driscoll shot a final-round 69 to tie Scott Weatherly for medalist honors at the Humble, Texas, qualifier. Driscoll, who recorded three top 25s in 26 events on the PGA Tour last season, and Weatherly finished at 13-under 275 to top Humble’s Pablo Acuna by one shot.
Mathew Goggin, who had five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2008, finished fifth at 8 under to advance comfortably, while former Wichita State All-American Dustin Garza finished T-9 (2 under) to also advance.
Among the notables failing to advance were Doug Barron (T-35), the player that was given a one-year suspension last September for violating the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy. Also missing the cut was Mathias Gronberg (T-21), who has made 139 career starts on the PGA Tour; Chez Reavie (T-35), the winner of the 2008 Canadian Open; and Olin Browne (T-45), a three-time winner on Tour and a T-3 finisher at this year’s U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee.