eGolf Tour Well Represented at All Eight Sites as PGA TOUR Q-School Continues Through First Stage
By Stewart Moore
Charlotte, N.C. – After a successful opening week of the first stage of PGA TOUR Q-School, the eGolf Tour is again well represented in week two as a plethora of former members, players and winners are either leading sites or inside the cut number through both 36- and 18-holes of play across the country.
THROUGH 36 HOLES
At Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola, FL, former eGolf Tour player Seath Lauer of Sarasota, FL is tied for the lead at the site’s halfway point following rounds of 66-64—130 (10-under). First-round leader and longtime eGolf Tour member Hank Kim of Jonesboro, GA followed up his opening-round 63 with a 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, pared his first seven holes of round two before notching birdies on Nos. 8, 10 and 12 to reach 10-under par for the week. A bogey at the par-4 13th would later be offset by a birdie at the par-4 16th, but Kim bogeyed No. 17 late in his round to fall to 2-under on the day, where he finished after a par at the last.
Recent Web.com Tour standout Josh Persons of Fargo, ND is two shots back of the leaders after kicking off his week with rounds of 65-67—132. Persons began his second round with a par-birdie-eagle start to quickly move to 3-under on the day, but cooled down somewhat with a double-bogey at the par-3 seventh. Back-nine birdies on 12 and 15 took the former University of Minnesota golfer back to 2-under par, where he finished for a second-round 68. Persons 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 two rounds in Pensacola. Ten 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 tied for sixth at the site’s halfway point following rounds of 68-69—137. Former Web.com Tour member Scott Weatherly of Fort Payne, AL, who won the eGolf Tour’s Grand Harbor Open in 2010, overcame a bogey at the par-5 first to start his day with five birdies for a second-round 68 that took him from outside the number up into a tie for 11th. Longtime eGolf Tour members James Sacheck and Brian Duncan are tied for 14th at 5-under 139, currently sitting on the 36-hole cut line. Duncan, a former Clemson University standout, claimed one of the last spots in the eGolf Tour’s annual Q-School bonus when he finished inside the top 20 on the tour’s member money list just two weeks ago – in turn securing a free ticket to PGA TOUR Q-School.
Longtime eGolf Tour player and former UNC Greensboro standout Nathan Stamey is tied for second through two rounds at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, TX. Stamey, who opened his week with a 2-under 70, played solid golf on the difficult venue in round two with four birdies and a bogey at the par-4 15th for a second round 69 that put him at 5-under for the week – just one shot off the 36-hole lead. Derek Tolan and Lucas Main rounded out the tour’s representation inside the top 5 with matching 71-70 starts to their weeks. Tolan, a former University of Colorado golfer and one of the youngest competitors ever in the U.S. Open, reached 5-under par in Lewisville through 34 holes, but bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18 on Wednesday to fall back into a tie for fifth at 3-under 141. Eight total eGolf Tour players are inside the number at the halfway point at Castle Hills, including 2012 Web.com Tour member and two-year eGolf Tour member Adam Long of Lake St. Louis, MO (T14). The former Duke University standout made five of five cuts on the eGolf Tour this year, posting a career-best T3 finish at the Pine Needles Classic in March.
At San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, CA, former eGolf Tour player Creighton Honeck of Austin, TX is alone in second following rounds of 67-70—137, while 2011-12 eGolf Tour player Nick Taylor of Canada is T3 after a 67-71—138 start to his week. Taylor, the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, birdied three of his first 11 holes on Wednesday to reach 8-under par, but bogeyed Nos. 14 and 18 on his way in for a second-round 71. 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, seven former eGolf Tour players are inside the number through 36 holes at San Juan Oaks.
THROUGH 18 HOLES
At Florence Country Club in Florence, SC, 2012 eGolf Tour member Jon Curran and former eGolf Tour member Tim Schaetzel paced the field with opening rounds of 6-under 64 on Wednesday. Curran, a former Vanderbilt golfer, played brilliant golf on day one, posting four birdies and an eagle at the par-5 18th (his ninth) on his way to the top of the leaderboard. Schaetzel, a former University of Michigan standout, matched Curran with eight birdies and a 6-under 64 to open his week. After starting his day on the back nine at Florence with a 3-under 33, Schaetzel vaulted to 7-under par with birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 coming off the turn. A late bogey at the par-3 seventh dropped him down to 6-under, where he eventually finished after notching pars at Nos. 8 and 9. Longtime eGolf Tour player Bruce McDonald of Zimbabwe bogeyed the first hole of his opening stage, but then played flawless golf, notching six birdies en route to a 5-under 65 to move into a tie for third through 18 holes of play. The former College of Charleston golfer finished a career-best runner-up at the tour’s Pine Needles Classic in March, falling one shot shy of winner Kevin Foley when the current Web.com Tour member drained a 30-foot birdie bomb on the 72nd hole to claim his first tour title. Former eGolf Tour winners and current members David Sanchez of Charlotte, NC and Stephen Poole of Aiken, SC posted rounds of 67 and 68 to sit T9 and T14, respectively, after the first round of play. Poole, a former Clemson University golfer, bogeyed Nos. 1 and 3, then pared his next 11 holes before righting the ship late in his round with birdies on 14 and 17 and an eagle at the 18th to finish at 2-under on the day. A total of 15 eGolf Tour players are inside the cut number through one round of play at Florence Country Club.
A host of players are tied for the lead at 5-under par through 18 holes at Callaway Gardens Resort’s Mountain Course in Pine Mountain, GA, including eGolf Tour players Jack Newman, David Skinns, Mark Silvers and Blayne Barber. Barber, a first-team “All America” selection at Auburn University, made his professional debut at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in July, then followed it up the next week with a start at the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Woodside Plantation, where he finished T28. The Lake City, FL native bogeyed his opening hole, pared his next six, then roared back into contention with six birdies over his final 11 holes to close out his 5-under 67 on day one. Other eGolf Tour players inside the number through 18 holes of play at Callaway Gardens include 2011 member Wes Roach (T9), as well as current eGolf Tour members Peter Malnati and Bobby MacWhinnie, who each opened their weeks with rounds of 3-under 69 to sit tied for 16th after day one. Malnati, a former University of Missouri standout from Dandridge, TN, is currently fifth on the eGolf Tour money list with $61,672 in earnings, thanks in part to his win at The Championship at Wintergreen Resort in June. The breakthrough win was one of six top-4 finishes for Malnati on the year, and helped him to secure one of 20 PGA TOUR Q-School bonuses paid by the tour at the conclusion of the NorthStone Open just two weeks ago. All told, 12 eGolf Tour players sit inside the cut line after Wednesday’s opening round in Pine Mountain.
In Port St. Lucie, FL, two-time eGolf Tour winner Ryan Blaum of Champions Gate, FL is tied for the lead through 18 holes of play after posting a bogey-free 66 on Wednesday to set the early mark alongside Web.com Tour member Josh Broadaway. Former eGolf Tour player Jeff Dennis of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL is alone in third place after a 5-under 67 on day one put him one back of Blaum and Broadaway. Jon Mansfield, Brandon Smith and Bryden Macpherson round out the tour’s representation inside the top 10 with matching rounds of 4-under 68 to place T6 after Wednesday’s opening round. Macpherson, the 2011 British Amateur champion, had one of the day’s more peculiar rounds, with a double-bogey – bogey start giving way to an eight-birdie effort over his final 15 holes that resulted in an opening-round 68. The former University of Georgia star and SEC “Freshman of the Year” made five starts on the eGolf Tour this year, posting two top-25 finishes and a career-best T10 effort at the Cabarrus Classic in September. By day’s end, 14 eGolf Tour players were inside the number at PGA National’s Wannamaker Course.
Three-year eGolf Tour member Dan Woltman of Beaver Dam, WI is pacing all former tour players at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, CA with an opening-round 68 that has him T5 after day one. The former University of Wisconsin star posted six birdies and two bogeys on Wednesday, as he attempts to play his way back onto the Web.com Tour – where he was a member in 2011 – or higher, to the PGA TOUR. Six eGolf Tour players are inside the number at Oak Valley, including Sam Cyr, Brett Cairns, Jamie Marshall, Michael McCabe and Jason Cook.
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