Justin Shin grabs 1st-round lead at Q-School

Justin Shin shot an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.
Justin Shin shot an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School. ( Photo Courtesy of New Mexico State Athletics )

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Justin Shin began the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School on Thursday by missing a 2-foot birdie putt on his opening hole, the par-4 10th at PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta, Calif.

The 22-year-old Canadian and former New Mexico State player finished with an 8-under 64 to grab a one-shot lead after the first of six rounds.

Jonathan Fricke, Carlos Sainz Jr., Chris Epperson and Jason Millard are in a four-way tie for second at 7 under. Epperson carded his 65 on the Stadium Course while the other three played their first round on the Tournament Course.

Fricke, 31, hasn't played a Web.com Tour event since 2009 and has made just eight cuts in 42 career Web.com starts.

Here are some other notable items from Thursday:

• Blayne Barber, who was disqualified from first stage of Q-School a year ago, shot 5-under 67 on the Tournament Course. He is tied for eighth with six other players, including former Central Florida player Brad Schneider, cross-handed golfer Josh Broadaway and former Alabama standout Justin Thomas.

• Former Florida standout Tyler McCumber, whose dad, Mark McCumber, is a former Players Championship winner, shot 68 and is tied for 15th with 14 others, including amateur Michael Kim, who is currently a junior at California, and Sam Saunders, who is the grandson of golf legend Arnold Palmer.

• Kim is one of three amateurs competing this week at Q-School. The other two, USC's Anthony Paolucci and former BYU player Zac Blair, each shot 1-under 71.

• McCumber's college teammate at Florida, T.J. Vogel, the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, shot 3-under 69.

• Only one score of 80-plus was shot Thursday. That was by Scott Kelly, who carded a 9-over 81 on the Stadium Course.

• Former Cal standout and U.S. Walker Cupper Max Homa shot even-par 72 on the Stadium Course, but he closed his round strong with three birdies in his final five holes.