July 16 2013
Ken Looper gets another shot at TOUR glory this week. (Revere/Getty Images)
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.com Contributing Writer
Former LSU golfer Ken Looper and Georgia mini-tour veteran Nathan Rau fired rounds of 62 at the Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison, Miss. on Monday to share medalist honors and qualify for this week's Sanderson Farms Championship at Annandale Golf Club.
Also playing their way in was Mark Silvers and Andrew Johnson, who shot 63 and 64 respectively.
It will be the second PGA TOUR start for the 23-year-old Looper, who made a huge splash in his PGA TOUR debut at the Zurich Classic with a T21 finish only minutes from his home in Mandeville, La. In the Monday qualifier, Looper's round was a bogey-free 10-under (31-31), while Rau birdied nine holes, eagled another to go along with one bogey on the day (30-32).
Rau, a 26-year-old native of Cumming, Ga., played golf at Darton State College in Georgia before turning professional. He is making his PGA TOUR debut start this week.
Silvers, who won the Golf Channel's "The Big Break" in 2012 to earn an exemption The Greenbrier Classic, is playing in only his second career PGA TOUR event in a span of two weeks. The 26-year-old Savannah native played golf at the University of South Carolina before turning pro in 2009. He missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic after shooting 71-71.
Johnson, a 40-year-old Indiana native now living in Orlando, earned the final start into the Sanderson Farms Championship field with an 8-under 64. Johnson, a Ball State University product, turned pro in 1995 and won The Cleveland Open Presented by Legend Financial on the Web.com Tour in 2005. He missed the cut in his only other PGA TOUR appearance at the Tampa Bay Championship in 2007.