eGolf Tour Players Taking Center Stage at Eight PGA TOUR Q-School Sites
By Stewart Moore
Charlotte, N.C. – Over 75 eGolf Tour players are inside their respective cut lines at eight sites across the country as the second week of PGA TOUR Q-School’s first stage continues from Florida to California. Four sites will wrap up their 72 holes of competition on Friday afternoon, while another four will close the door on first stage by Saturday afternoon.
THROUGH 54 HOLES
At Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola, FL, former eGolf Tour player Seath Lauer of Sarasota, FL is tied for the lead with 18 holes to play following rounds of 66-64-66—196 (14-under). First-round leader and longtime eGolf Tour member Hank Kim of Jonesboro, GA followed up his opening-round 63 with rounds of 68-68 to reach 11-under 199 through 54 holes of play. 68 on Wednesday to fall into a tie for third, one shot back of the co-leaders at 9-under 131. Kim, a former N.C. State standout, posted three birdies and a lone bogey at the par-4 14th on Thursday on his way to a second-straight 2-under effort. eGolf Tour players Andres Echavarria, Yohann Benson and Josh Persons are tied for seventh at 10-under 200. Persons, a recent Web.com Tour standout, rode a final-round 63 at the eGolf Tour’s Olde Sycamore Open three weeks ago to a career-best finish, then Monday qualified for the Web.com Tour’s Neediest Kids Championship – an event he led through 54 holes before finishing T8 on the week. That top-25 effort led to a start at the following week’s Miccosukee Championship, where he finished T13 to earn yet another start at last week’s Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. Persons finished T41 in North Florida, and has yet to slow down through three rounds in Pensacola. Longtime eGolf Tour member Tommy Gibson of Vero Beach, FL is one of a handful of tour players on the number, tied for 15th at 7-under 203. The former junior college star bogeyed his opening hole of day three, then carded four birdies to reach 3-under on the round for a 67. Thirteen eGolf Tour players are inside the number through two rounds at Pensacola C.C.
At Deerwood Golf Club in Kingwood, TX, 2011 eGolf Tour winner Jerry Richardson of Cary, NC is in solo-eighth place following rounds of 68-69-69—206. Richardson, who notched his first eGolf Tour title at last year’s Willow Creek Open, entered the third round in a tie for sixth, but actually lost ground with a bogey-free 69 on Thursday. The former N.C. State golfer has made just two bogeys through 54 holes of play, and sits on the precipice of advancing to second stage, as he is currently three shots clear of the cut line. Former eGolf Tour members James Sacheck and Paul Cormack are on the aforementioned cut line, tied for 15th at 7-under 209 with one round to go. Sacheck, who has spent the last two years on the Web.com Tour, overcame an early double-bogey in his third round to post a 2-under 70 to go alongside opening rounds of 68-71. Cormack, a Scotland native who recently advanced to the second stage of European Tour Q-School, birdied his first hole of the day on Thursday, but carded a double-bogey at the par-4 fourth to fall to 1-over on the day. A late run of four consecutive birdies from Nos. 13 through 16 salvaged his round, however, and left the Bluffton, SC resident with a third-round 70.
Former eGolf Tour member Derek Tolan of Highlands Ranch, CO is in solo-second place at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, TX following rounds of 71-70-68—209 to reach 7-under par with 18 holes to play. Three-time NCAA “All America” selection Henrik Norlander of Sweden is in solo-fifth place with rounds of 72-73-66—211 (5-under). A key member of Augusta State’s back-to-back NCAA Championship teams in 2010-2011, Norlander carded the day’s low round on Thursday with a staggering nine birdies and three bogeys en route to his 66. Three birdies and one bogey gave the former Jaguar star a front-nine 34, but it was nothing short of a roller coaster on the closing nine six birdies, one par and two bogeys for a closing 32. Norlander, who played the eGolf Tour full time in 2012, won his first professional title at the Olde Sycamore Open in September – a win that put him inside the top 20 on the tour’s money list, which in turn left him with a free Q-School entry per the tour’s annual season-ending bonus. eGolf Tour players Nathan Stamey and Lucas Main are tied for sixth, while members Adam Long, Fernando Figueroa and Mikel Martinson are on the number at 1-under 215, currently tied for 15th. Thirteen eGolf Tour players are inside the cut line with 18 holes to play just north of Dallas, TX.
At San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, CA, eGolf Tour players Brady Schnell and Creighton Honeck are tied for third at 10-under 206, while former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world Nick Taylor is T9 at 8-under 208. Taylor, a former star at the University of Washington, played his first six holes in 1-over par, but fought back with birdies on Nos. 7, 9, 10 and 11 to reach 3-under for the day. A late bogey at No. 16 left him at 2-under for the day, where he finished for a third-round 70. Taylor held a share of the 54-hole lead in the eGolf Tour’s Columbia Open this past May, but closed with a 2-under 70 to fall one-shot shy of winner Jack Fields. All told, four former eGolf Tour players are inside the number through 36 holes at San Juan Oaks.
THROUGH 36 HOLES
At Florence Country Club in Florence, SC, eGolf Tour members Chris Gallagher and Wes Homan are tied for fourth through two rounds of play, with both players reaching 6-under 134 at the site’s halfway point. Gallagher, one of the tour’s longest-tenured members, has played near-flawless golf through 36 holes, posting seven birdies and a lone bogey at the par-4 third on day two en route to rounds of 68-66—134. Gallagher, an eGolf Tour policy board member and native of West Chester, PA, had an up-and-down 2012 campaign on tour, posting just five made cuts in 17 starts – but notching three top-15 efforts in his last five events entering the first stage of Q-School. At the NorthStone Open just two weeks ago, Gallagher posted a T9 finish – his best eGolf Tour finish since a T6 at the Firethorne Open in August of 2008. eGolf Tour member Jon Curran and Tim Schaetzel were tied for sixth through two rounds at 5-under 135, while Justin Lower and Vince Hatfield sat tied for eighth at 4-under 136. Curran, the site’s 18-hole co-leader following a 6-under 64 on Wednesday, struggled a bit in Thursday’s second round, posting three birdies and four bogeys on his way to a 1-over 71. The round of the day came from longtime eGolf Tour member and 2008 leading money winner David Robinson of Sandersville, GA, who rallied from a first-round 74 to post a flawless, bogey-free 63 on day two to skyrocket inside the number at 3-under 137, now tied for 11th. Robinson, the brother-in-law of recent PGA TOUR winner Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, is 18th on the 2012 eGolf Tour money list, thanks in part to six top-10 finishes. Robinson’s standing solidified his Q-School Bonus, paid annually in full to the top 20 members on the tour’s money list. A host of eGolf Tour players are on the cut line, tied for 14th, at 2-under 138. Included in that group are current members David Sanchez, Chris Baker, Sam Beach, Dustin Groves and Adam Hart. Sanchez, a former Web.com Tour member and N.C. State standout, was the eGolf Tour leading money winner in 2005. A total of 16 eGolf Tour players are currently inside the number through 36 holes in Florence.
eGolf Tour players own the top two spots through two rounds at Callaway Gardens Resort’s Mountain Course in Pine Mountain, GA. Mark Silvers of Savannah, GA – a current cast member in the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” series – has notched rounds of 67-66—133 to reach 11-under at the halfway point, one shot clear of former eGolf Tour player David Skinns of England. eGolf Tour members Bobby MacWhinnie and Casey Johnson are tied for fifth, three shots back of Silvers at 8-under 136. MacWhinnie, a Charlotte, NC resident and former Maryland golfer, overcame two bogeys on Thursday with seven birdies to post a second-round 67, in turn moving further inside the top 10. The former Web.com Tour member has made 13 of 21 cuts on the eGolf Tour this year, with four top-25 finishes under his belt. Former Clemson star and 2011 U.S. Public Links Champion Corbin Mills of Easley, SC is tied for eighth at 7-under 137 following rounds of 73-64. A participant in the 2012 Masters Tournament, Mills carded the low round of day two with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for his 8-under tally. After turning professional in July, Mills made five starts on the eGolf Tour, collecting two top-10 finishes, including his first professional win at the Cabarrus Classic in September. Mills is one of 13 eGolf Tour players inside the number at Callaway Gardens, a tally that includes former winner Jonathan Moore (T8) and 2012 member Adam Mitchell (T17).
Two-time eGolf Tour winner Ryan Blaum and 2012 eGolf Tour player Bryden Macpherson are tied for second at 9-under 135 through 36 holes in Port St. Lucie, FL. Blaum, a former Duke golfer and the site’s 18-hole co-leader, followed up a day one 66 with six birdies and three birdies on Thursday for a second-round 69 that put him at 9-under – one shot back of leader Josh Broadaway. MacPherson, who began his week with a double-bogey, bogey start en route to a first-round 69, rebounded in perfect fashion on day two, posting six birdies for a bogey-free 66 that vaulted the former University of Georgia star inside the top five at PGA National Resort’s Wannamaker Course. Like Corbin Mills, Macpherson also competed in the 2012 Masters Tournament, thanks to his win at the 2011 British Amateur. A former SEC “Freshman of the Year” as a member of the Bulldogs golf team, Macpherson turned pro after his stint at Augusta National, making five appearances on the eGolf Tour and posting a season-best T10 finish at the Cabarrus Classic. Twelve eGolf Tour players are inside the number with 36 holes to play at PGA National, including current members Brandon Smith (T11) and Tim Madigan (T15). Madigan, a former New Mexico Open champion, won his first eGolf Tour title at the recent NorthStone Open by outlasting 2011 winner Phillip Mollica down the stretch with rounds of 68-64-68—200. The win was just his second top-10 of the year, and pushed the Rio Rancho, NM native up to No. 23 on the money list with $34,930 in earnings.
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