October 16 2012
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Hunter Hamrick blistered the Brunswick Country Club course with two eagles and six birdies for a 62 (30-32) to earn medalist honors at the Monday qualifier for this week's The McGladrey Classic.
Two-time PGA TOUR winner Paul Stankowski and former Indiana standout Chase Wright both shot 65 to qualify, while Atlanta's Jordan Mitchell got in with a 66 and won a four-way playoff win over Wade Binfield, Bruce McDonald and Bradley Long.
Hamrick, a Montgomery, Ala. native and a former teammate of PGA TOUR member Bud Cauley, has made three of four cuts on the PGA TOUR this year after making his pro debut this summer in this year’s U.S. Open at Olympic, where he finished tied for 46th. He followed up that performance with a T10 in the True South Classic. After earning a Monday qualifier spot into the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, he secured his spot on the weekend and finished 70th. In 2006, a 15-year-old Hamrick was the youngest player in the 2006 U.S. Amateur field.
The 42-year-old Stankowski, a University of Texas-El Paso product in his 21st year as a professional, captured his first career title at the 1996 Bell South Classic in a playoff win over Brandel Chamblee. The following year, Stankowski won the United Airlines Hawaiian Open by topping Jim Furyk and Mike Reid in a playoff. Stankowski has made seven starts on the PGA TOUR in 2012 with four made cuts -- his best outing coming at the True South Classic (T42). He's spent most of his time on the Web.com Tour, where he's made nine cuts in 16 starts.
Wright, a 23-year-old native of Evansville, Ind., finished his collegiate career at Indiana with the fourth-lowest scoring average (73.30) in school history. He is making his PGA TOUR debut this week.
Mitchell, an Atlanta resident who turned professional in 2011, is also making his first PGA TOUR start.