Week Two of PGA TOUR Q-School Begins at Four Sites from Florida to California
By Stewart Moore
Charlotte, N.C. – The second week of the opening stage of PGA TOUR Q-School is underway at four sites across the country. As always, the eGolf Tour is well represented with over 35 players inside the cut number through 18 holes of play.
Longtime eGolf Tour member Hank Kim of Jonesboro, GA set the early pace at Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola, FL with an eagle-birdie-birdie start en route to a 7-under 63 and a one-shot lead through 18 holes of play. The former N.C. State star, who has been chasing golf’s dream for well over a decade, eagled his first hole of the day – the par-4 10th – then birdied Nos. 11 and 12 on his way to a 31 on his opening nine. Birdies on Nos. 2, 6 and 7 took him to 7-under for the day, where he eventually finished after posting a bogey-birdie-par close to his day. Recent Web.com Tour standout Josh Persons of Fargo, ND is two shots off Kim’s pace after posting a 5-under 65 to start his week. 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 continued his stellar play on Tuesday in Pensacola with his 5-under effort to kick off the week. In total, 15 eGolf Tour players are inside the cut line through 18 holes in Pensacola, FL.
At Deerwood Golf Club in Kingwood, TX, eGolf Tour players James Sacheck, Jerry Richardson and Paul Cormack sit inside the top 10 through one round of play after opening their respective weeks with rounds of 4-under 68. Richardson, a long-time eGolf Tour member and winner of the 2011 Willow Creek Open, bogeyed his first hole of the day (the par-4 10th), but then birdied four of his next five on his way to a 4-under effort. Current eGolf Tour member Eric Shriver of Durham, NC had one of the day’s more peculiar rounds. The former Pepperdine golfer birdied the first three holes of his round, bogeyed the fourth, then eagled the seventh for an outward nine of 4-under 32. Shriver gave back two shots on Nos. 3 and 4 (his 12th and 13th), but rallied with birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to return to 4-under on the day. At the par-4 ninth, Shriver finished with a bogey to post a 3-under 69, which in turn left him T14 on the day.
Four eGolf Tour players are tied for second through 18 holes at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, TX, including Nathan Stamey, Chris Parra, Adam Gary and Wallace Booth. Stamey, a former eGolf Tour member and frequent player, overcame 11 consecutive pars to start his Q-School experience with birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and 6 (his 12th, 14th and 15th holes) to post a 2-under 70 to join the logjam in a tie for second. The day’s best turnaround may have come from former member Gary, who bogeyed his ninth hole of the day (the par-5 18th), but more than made up for the lost shot 20 minutes later when he eagled the par-4 first on his way to a closing 33 and a first-round 70. Former eGolf Tour member and 2012 Web.com Tour member Adam Long of Lake St. Louis, MO posted two birdies, 15 pars and a lone bogey at the par-3 third on his way to a first-round 71 which placed him in a tie for eighth through 18 holes of play. 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. Eleven eGolf Tour players are inside the number through 18 holes at Castle Hills, including recent winner Henrik Norlander of Sweden. Norlander, a three-time “All American” at Augusta State, competed full-time on the eGolf Tour this past year, notching his first professional win at the Olde Sycamore Open in September. Norlander was one of 20 eGolf Tour members to earn the season-ending Q-School bonus, which paid for PGA TOUR Q-School in full.
At San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, CA, four eGolf Tour players are tied for third through 18 holes of play. John Ellis of San Jose, CA, Brady Schnell of Milford, IA, Nick Taylor of Canada and Creighton Honeck of Austin, TX each opened their week with rounds of 5-under 67 to sit two shots off the pace through one day of play. Taylor, the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, began his first stage effort with one bogey and seven pars in his first eight holes to sit at 1-over with 10 holes to play on Tuesday. The former University of Washington star bounced back admirably after his sluggish start, posting six birdies over his final 10 holes to close with a 5-under 31 for his opening-round 65. 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 18 holes at San Juan Oaks. Included in that group is former member Peter Campbell of Encinitas, CA, who overcame a 1-over 37 on his opening nine to post four birdies for a back-nine 32 en route to a first-round 69, which has him tied for 11th with three rounds to play.
Check the eGolf Tour website daily for updates from all first stage sites in week two. For live scoring results from each site on PGATOUR.com, please click here.