April 30 2013
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Nate Smith and local professional Joey McLister of Charlotte, N.C., each shot 7-under 63 to earn medalist honors at the Monday qualifier for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.
Vaughn Taylor also earned a spot in the field, shooting 64, while another local professional, Jack Fields, won a six-man playoff after shooting 65 to earn the final spot.
For the 28-year-old McLister, the Wells Fargo Championship marks his second PGA TOUR career start, having missed the cut a year ago at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. In two Web.com Tour events in 2012, McLister made his first professional cut, tying for 44th at the Midwest Classic Presented by Cadillac.
Smith, who qualified for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock as an amateur, is making his return to a PGA TOUR event for the first time since 2011 when he played 16 events. This year, he's made five starts on the Web.com Tour, where his best finish was a tie for 29th.
Taylor, who won the Reno-Tahoe Open in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005, is looking to put together the same sort of success at Quail Hollow, where he tied for fifth in 2005 and sixth in 2006. His best finish this season was a tie for 14th in Puerto Rico. He also tied for 21st at Bay Hill.
The last man standing in the Monday qualifier at Charlotte’s Carolina Golf Club was Fields, who will go into his first PGA TOUR start on a course in which he is quite familiar. After playing two years at the University of North Carolina, Fields spent six months as an intern at Quail Hollow. The 22-year-old Southern Pines native dominated the ranks as an amateur in the area, capturing the North Carolina Amateur, the Carolinas Amateur, the Carolinas Open and North and South Amateur.
In 2012, Fields missed the cut in Web.com Tour stops at the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club and Chiquita Classic.