Big Friday looms for Tour Q-Schoolers
Keegan Bradley watched his friend, roommate, and former high school teammate, Jon Curran, ace his first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school test last week. Now he’s on the verge of one-upping his pal.
Bradley, who joined with Curran to make Hopkinton (Mass.) High School a state power, continued his assault at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga., by shooting 7-under 65. It pushed the former St. John’s standout to 17-under and provided a whopping six-stroke lead entering Friday’s final round.
Granted, the goal is simply to get through this stage and Bradley has that nailed down, given that the top 23 and ties will advance. But with rounds of 68-66-65, the nephew of World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley is putting together a special tournament that will earn him high marks from Curran, who was T-4 at his site a week ago to advance.
Bradley isn’t the only notable name breezing along. So, too, are former NCAA champion Jamie Lovemark (69 – 209, tied for third in Pinehurst, N.C.) and Ty Tryon, the young man who went from “can’t miss” to “where is he now?” in his final teenage years.
Tryon shot 71 - 204 and is fourth at his site, Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.
As for what to look for in today’s final round at some of the sites:
• Former Marquette standout Mike Van Sickle is cutting things close. He shot 72-215 and is tied for 23d at Kinderlou Forest. That is the ultimate bubble position, since only T-23 and ties will advance.
• Luke List, the onetime Vanderbilt star, is in good shape, sitting joint fifth after shooting 71 – 212 at Pinewild in Pinehurst.
• Also at Pinewild, former Georgia Tech All-America and Walker Cupper Cameron Tringale is also at 212 and sitting pretty.
• Not so good for onetime Florida star James Vargas, who sits T-35 and three strokes outside the number at Kinderlou.
• Mixed bag for the Leon brothers. Tyler is tied for third at Kinderlou, while Trent is joint 53d, though his site (Lantana GC in Lantana, Texas) is only through two rounds.