Q-School Notebook: First Stage, September 27-30
October 10, 2016
By Kevin Prise , PGATOUR.COM
- George Bryan will hope to follow in his brother Wesley's footsteps and earn Web.com Tour status via Q-School. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
With the PGA TOUR's fall season beginning this week at the Safeway Open in California, and the Web.com Tour Finals concluding with the cancellation of last week’s Web.com Tour Championship due to Hurricane Matthew, the 2016 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament has proceeded with First Stage events at sites across the United States.
Q-School provides access to the 2017 Web.com Tour for players who can advance through all three stages (some were also required to advance through pre-qualifying, which wrapped up on September 9). Players who advance to Final Stage will be assured of at least conditional status on the Web.com Tour in 2017.
Twelve First Stage events have been scheduled for late September and early October, in locations across the country from Florida to California. All five Second Stage events will take place in November, and the Final Stage event will be held December 8-11 at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Florida.
Who has fared well at First Stage, and who has fallen short? Here's a capsule look at what transpired at the first three sites where play was conducted, September 27-30.
Dayton, Nevada (Dayton Valley Golf Club)
Sixty-eight players competed for 24 spots. Medalist was David Vanegas of Colombia, who fired a four-round total of 21-under 267 at Dayton Valley GC, with all four rounds of 69 or better. The 29-year-old has won on both PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Challenge Tour, and has made 27 career starts on the Web.com Tour, highlighted by a T3 finish at the 2011 Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Presented by Samsung. Vanegas is a 2008 graduate of Johnson & Wales University.
Notables to advance: Trevor Simsby of Carlsbad, California finished solo third at 16 under. The former University of Washington standout played the Web.com Tour full-time in 2015, but struggled en route to a 194th-place finish on the money list. … Gunner Wiebe of San Diego, California finished T6 at 13 under. The University of San Diego alum is the son of two-time PGA TOUR winner Mark Wiebe. … Bryden Macpherson of Jupiter, Florida finished T15 at 9 under. The University of Georgia alum has spent the past two seasons on the Web.com Tour and won the 2015 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit.
Notable to miss: Nathan Tyler of Tucson, Arizona finished T41 at 1 under, five strokes outside the cut line. The 2007 University of Arizona alum has made 56 career Web.com Tour starts, recording nine top-25 finishes.
Florence, South Carolina (Florence Country Club)
Seventy-five players competed for 26 spots. Medalist was Trevor Cone of Concord, North Carolina, who fired a four-round total of 22 under at Florence Country Club, with all four rounds of 66 or better. The 2015 Virginia Tech alum played a full season on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2016, making eight cuts in 12 starts and recording five top-25 finishes.
Notables to advance: Tadd Fujikawa of St. Simons Island, Georgia, finished T4 at 16 under. The 25-year-old Honolulu native gained notoriety when he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at age 15, and made the cut at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii as a 16-year-old. … Matt Davidson of Greenville, South Carolina finished T6 at 15 under. The 35-year-old Furman alum has made 139 career Web.com Tour starts, recording 15 top-10 finishes. … George Bryan IV of Aiken, South Carolina finished T9 at 14 under. The University of South Carolina alum has drawn acclaim for his trick-shot video series with his brother Wesley, who won this year’s Web.com Tour money list. George caddied for Wesley at his first of three Web.com Tour victories in 2016, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER in March.
Notable to miss: James Nitties of Australia finished T42 at 3 under, five shots outside the cut line. The 33-year-old has made 127 career Web.com Tour starts, including a victory at the 2011 Midwest Classic Presented by Time Warner Cable.
Murrieta, California (Bear Creek Golf Club)
Seventy-seven players competed for 25 spots. Michael Weaver of Fresno, California and David Gazzolo of Riverside, California shared medalist honors at 16-under 272. Weaver, 25, is a 2014 graduate of the University of California and was runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, which gained him entry into the 2013 Masters and U.S. Open. Gazzolo, 23, played collegiately at the University of California-Riverside from 2011 to 2015, where he led the team in scoring average as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Notables to advance: Joseph Bramlett of Los Gatos, California finished T15 at 13 under. The 2010 Stanford alum is making a steady recovery from a back injury that sidelined him for 2014 and 2015. He played the PGA TOUR full-time in 2011. … Dan Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin finished solo ninth at 11 under. The former University of Wisconsin standout Monday-qualified into this year’s Rust-Oleum Championship, where he finished solo fourth.
Notable to miss: Jamie Sadlowski of Canada finished T30 at 2 under, two strokes outside the cut line. The 28-year-old won the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in 2008 and 2009.