Second Stage: Notable names from Nov. 11-14
November 17, 2014
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- November 17, 2014
- Satoshi Kodaira is a two-time champion on the Japan Golf Tour. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Second Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament got under way last week, with events taking place in Brooksville, Florida; Kingwood, Texas; and McKinney, Texas.
In all, 230 players teed it up among the three sites, with 57 advancing to Final Stage, which will take place Dec. 11-16 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Three more Second Stage events are scheduled for this week, Nov. 18-21, in Panama City Beach, Florida; Plantation, Florida; and Murrieta, California.
Each player who advances through Second Stage is assured of at least conditional status on the 2015 Web.com Tour, with the potential to achieve full status at Final Stage.
Q-School traditionally consists of an intriguing mix of young up-and-comers and seasoned veterans, and this year is no different.
Who made it through at last week’s three Second Stage sites (Nov. 11-14), and who fell short? Here’s a breakdown of some notable names and how they fared last week:
Q-SCHOOL: Stage-by-stage leaderboards, results
Southern Hills Plantation Club; Brooksville, Florida
Seventy-eight players competed for 19 spots, with the cut line falling at 7-under 281. Medalist was Matt Atkins of Owensboro, Kentucky, who shot 15-under 273 at Southern Hills Plantation Club. Atkins played his college golf at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and he was named the Peach Belt Conference player of the year as a senior in 2012-13, leading the conference in scoring with a 73.03 average. He turned professional last June and has been playing mini-tours including the eGolf Tour and SwingThought.com Tour.
Notables to advance
Patton Kizzire: The 28-year-old former Auburn player gained confidence by making the cut at this year’s The McGladrey Classic on a sponsor exemption, and he continued his momentum with a third-place finish at Southern Hills Plantation Club, firing 11-under 277. Kizzire lives in the Sea Island, Georgia, area and plays frequently with TOUR winners such as Harris English and Brian Harman. He is looking to gain full status on the Web.com Tour for the first time.
Cameron Wilson: The former Stanford standout built enough of a cushion over the first three rounds to withstand a final-round 75, finishing T8 and advancing to Final Stage with two strokes to spare. Wilson won the 2014 NCAA Division I individual championship at Prairie Dunes CC, and he was also named a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award as a senior in 2013-14. He won three times as a senior, and he qualified for this year’s U.S. Open.
Scott Parel: The 49-year-old Pontiac, Michigan, native fired a four-day total of 7 under to advance to Final Stage on the number. Parel earned his lone career Web.com Tour victory at the 2013 Air Capital Classic; he finished No. 31 on the money list that season to narrowly miss earning his TOUR card for the first time. Two weeks ago, he earned medalist honors at a Champions Tour regional qualifier, and he’ll compete at Final Stage of Champions Tour Q-school this week.
Notables to miss: Ben Briscoe (4 under); Arjun Atwal (even par); Daniel Chopra (even par)
Deerwood GC; Kingwood, Texas
Seventy-five players competed for 20 spots, with the cut line falling at 7-over 295. Medalist was Satoshi Kodaira of Japan, who blew away the field with a 13-under 275 total at a demanding Deerwood Golf Club track. No other player in the field managed to shoot under par for four days. Kodaira capped off his week with a bogey-free, 9-under 63 in the final round on Friday. The 25-year-old Japan native has two career victories on the Japan Golf Tour, most recently the 2014 Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open, and qualified for the 2013 British Open.
Notables to advance
Dominic Bozzelli: The Western New York native fired rounds of 73-74-73-68 to share runner-up honors with Craig Barlow, 13 strokes behind Kodaira. Bozzelli was a teammate of TOUR rookie Blayne Barber at Auburn, and he became the first golfer in Auburn history to win back-to-back tournaments as a junior in 2011-12. He played five Web.com Tour events in 2014, recording two top-10 finishes.
Rhein Gibson: The 28-year-old Australian tied for fourth at 1-over 289, comfortably advancing to Final Stage by six shots. Gibson drew notoriety in May 2012 by shooting a 16-under 55 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, a round eventually recognized by Guinness World Records as the lowest in history. He also qualified for this year’s Open Championship, making the cut and playing with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth in the third round.
Toni Hakula: The former University of Texas player withstood a final-round, 6-over 78 to advance to Final Stage on the cut line at 7-over 295. Hakula closed his college career with a T9 finish at this year’s NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes CC; he competed at the NCAA Championship all four years while at Texas. The Finland native finished runner-up at the 2013 British Amateur Championship.
Notables to miss: Michael Letzig (11 over); Shaun Micheel (12 over); David Gossett (14 over)
TPC Craig Ranch; McKinney, Texas
Seventy-seven players competed for 18 spots, with the cut line falling at 3-under 285. Medalist was Trent Whitekiller of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, who shot 16-under 272 at TPC Craig Ranch, six strokes clear of the field. Whitekiller played his college golf at Oklahoma State, competing on the same team as Morgan Hoffmann and Peter Uihlein in the late 2000s. His standout amateur career included victories at the Sahalee Players in 2008. He has made three Web.com Tour cuts in six starts between 2010 and 2014.
Notables to advance
Jamie Sindelar: The son of seven-time PGA TOUR winner Joey Sindelar shot a four-day total of 8 under, good enough for a T3 finish, five strokes inside the cut line. Sindelar followed in his dad’s footsteps by playing college golf at Ohio State University, and he made his Web.com Tour debut at this year’s Nova Scotia Open. He played eight events on PGA TOUR Canada in 2014, making three cuts.
Oliver Goss: The 20-year-old Australian shot a four-round total of 4 under, finishing T15 and advancing to Final Stage by a stroke. Goss played two seasons at the University of Tennessee, turning professional this past June. He was runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Amateur and was the only amateur to make the cut at this year’s Masters Tournament, finishing in 49th place. He played five TOUR events as a professional over the summer, making three cuts.
Brad Elder: The 39-year-old former University of Texas standout finished in a tie for ninth at 5 under, advancing to Final Stage with two strokes to spare. Elder has won three times on the Web.com Tour, most recently the 2007 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open; he held TOUR status from 2000 to 2003 and again in 2008. He played seven Web.com Tour events in 2014, making two cuts.
Notables to miss: Matt Bettencourt (2 under); Paul Haley (6 over); Cory Whitsett (16 over)