Texas Q-School site boasts familiar bloodlines

Sam Saunders and Arnold Palmer during the pro-am of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship on PGA Tour.

Sam Saunders and Arnold Palmer during the pro-am of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship on PGA Tour.

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If following bloodlines is what you’re into, then the PGA Tour second-stage Q-School in McKinney, Texas, warrants your focus. Among the competitors are Sam Saunders, grandson of the legendary Arnold Palmer, and a number of young men whose fathers grounded it out in more than 3,000 PGA Tour tournaments combined – Travis Wadkins (Lanny), Jamie Sindelar (Joey), Olin Browne (Olin) and Matt Weibring (D.A.).

As further testament that pro golf is a humbling business, two former major winners – Todd Hamilton in McKinney; Shaun Micheel in Kingwood – are in Texas at second-stage sites.

Curious note out of McKinney, because it isn’t often that two second-stage Q-School competitors already have played in two PGA Tour events. But that’s the case with former Alabama standout Justin Thomas and journeyman Kyle Reifers. Thomas received sponsor exemptions into the Frys.com Open and the McGladrey Classic; Reifers was a Monday qualifier into the Shriners and the McGladrey.

About 144 players will advance to the final stage and earn access to the Web.com Tour; the final stage sets priority rankings among those players for 2014.

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