Missouri's Jace Long: All he does is win
Jace Long just keeps on winning. The Missouri senior was medalist at his site of PGA Tour Q-School’s first stage, which wrapped up Friday. He now has won his first two stages of Q-School, as well as three of four college starts this season.
Long shot 6-under 282 (70-69-69-74) at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas, to finish three shots ahead of Henrik Norlander and Jaxon Brigman. Norlander was an All-American member of Augusta State’s 2010 and 2011 NCAA title teams. Brigman may be best known for signing an incorrect scorecard at the 1999 Q-School that cost him his PGA Tour card; he’s trying to make it on Tour for the first time.
Four first-stage sites wrapped up Friday. North Florida senior Sean Dale finished T-10 at Deerwood Golf Club in Kingwood, Texas, to move on to Q-School’s second stage. North Carolina State All-American Albin Choi failed to advance out of Pensacola (Fla.) Country Club. He was four shots too high.
Stanford’s Andrew Yun is competing in Q-School’s first stage at Oak Valley in Beaumont, Calif. That site ends Saturday. Yun, the Pac-12 champion, was in second place through 36 holes.
Long also won his Q-School pre-qualifying site at ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Neb. That site started the day after the Golfweek Conference Challenge, which Long won. Long, of Dixon, Mo., won his first three collegiate starts this season before finishing eighth at the Bank of Tennessee at Blackthorn. He’s No. 14 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
This is the last Q-School that will offer PGA Tour cards, which is why a handful of collegians are trying this grueling test. Texas’ Jordan Spieth will start second stage next month.
Peter Williamson, the No. 7 player in the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings, also failed to advance out of first stage. Williamson, who won this year’s Southern and North & South amateurs, entered Q-School as an amateur even though he finished his career at Dartmouth this past spring. Williamson is exempt into the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational by virtue of his Southern Amateur victory, and was one of 16 players invited to a practice session for next year’s U.S. Walker Cup team.