Luke Donald and Bryce Molder were among 117 players who advanced from Stage 1 of PGA Tour qualifying Oct. 16-19.
Donald, the 1999 NCAA champion from Northwestern, dominated at La Purisima Country Club in Lompoc, Calif., shooting a 14-under-par 274 to win by eight.
Donald, who turned professional in August after he helped Great Britain & Ireland win the Walker Cup, has played in six PGA Tour events in 2001 and has earned $80,747. He shot rounds of 71-67-70-66 to beat Alex Rodger.
Molder, a four-time All-American from Georgia Tech, made the cut by a shot at Dayton Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Nev. Molder shot 70-69-71-72 for a 6-under 282. In six PGA Tour starts since turning professional in August, he has won $211,105, most of which was earned with a third-place finish at the Reno-Tahoe Open Aug. 26.
Seven more first-stage events were to be held Oct. 23-26. Six second-stage sites will be held Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 13-16. Visit http://www.golfweek.com for complete schedules and daily results.
Other Q-School news:
• James Oh, the 1998 U.S. Junior champion, shot even-par 288 at La Purisima to advance to Stage 2. Oh, 18, recently completed his freshman year at UNLV and turned professional.
• Brett Wayment shot 17-under-par 271 at Dayton Valley and beat Jeremy Champoux, Mike Louden, Steve Sear by two. Sear shot a course-record 63 in the first round.
• Ryan Lavoie shot 13-under 275 at Laurel Island Links in Kingsland, Ga. Lavoie closed with 67 and finished three ahead of Hank Smith, Javier Sanchez, Kevin Blanton and Bryan Thompson.
• Jaxon Brigman, who lost his PGA Tour card by a shot in 1999 when he signed an incorrect scorecard in the finals of Q-School, advanced at Woodbridge Country Club in Wiley, Texas. Kris Cox was medalist at Woodbridge shooting 11-under 277.
• Akio Sadakata, the 2000 Florida Amateur champion, was medalist at the TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. Sadakata shot 70-65-73-67–275 to beat Jamie Neher and George McNeill by four.
• Also advancing at the TPC of Tampa Bay were 1998 NCAA champion James McLean and 2000 NCAA Division II champ Jeff Klauk.