Notebook: Q-School First Stage, October 4-8
October 11, 2016
By Adam Stanley , PGATOUR.COM
- Former NCAA champion Cameron Wilson played the Web.com Tour in 2015 and hopes to regain status. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
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 last week's sites where play was conducted.
Lakeland, Florida (Grasslands Golf & Country Club); October 4-6
Seventy-six players competed for 25 spots. Co-medalists were T.J. Vogel, Doug Letson and Kent Bulle, who all shot 18-under-par for the four rounds. The final round was briefly delayed due to remnants of Hurricane Matthew. Vogel, who participated in the 2013 Masters after winning the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links, played mostly on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada this year, with four appearances on the Web.com Tour. Letson made seven cuts on the Web.com Tour this year and finished 132nd on the Regular Season money list. Bulle played in this year’s U.S. Open and finished 118th on the Web.com Tour’s money list.
Notables to advance: Thomas Curtis of Orlando, Florida finished T8 at 12 under. He won a par-3 tournament while on his honeymoon in Bermuda in 2015 … Nyasha Mauchaza of Zimbabwe – who cites Nick Price as a mentor – finished T21 at 8 under. He played four events on the Mackenzie Tour this year… Santiago Gomez of Miami, Florida finished T21. He was the lone amateur to advance.
Notable to miss: Scott Lamb finished T61 at 2 over, 10 shots outside the cutline. Scott Lamb is the twin brother to 2016 Web.com Tour winner (and 2016-17 PGA TOUR member) Rick Lamb.
Maricopa, Arizona (Southern Dunes Golf Club); October 4-7
Seventy-four players competed for 25 spots. Medalist was Chris Thompson of Lawrence, Kansas. Thompson captured medalist honors by five shots over Max Marsico of Las Vegas, Nevada. Thompson fired three rounds in the 60s before cruising to an even-par 72 for the final round. Thompson, who turned 40 this year, was 141st on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list.
Notables to advance: Sean Walsh of Keller, Texas was the lone amateur to qualify after finishing T8 at 12 under … Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand was one of three international golfers to qualify (and how about that name!)
Notable to miss: Danny Sahl of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida finished T29, just three shots back of the cutline. Sahl is Mike Weir’s caddie.
Nebraska City, Nebraska (ArborLinks); October 4-7
Seventy-eight players competed for 25 spots. Medalist was Matt Ryan of Huntersville, North Carolina. Ryan captured medalist honors by just one shot over T.J. Mitchell of St. Simons Island, Georgia, finishing at 14-under-par after a final-round, 5-under 67. Ryan turned 30 this year.
Notables to advance: Jeremy Paul of Boulder, Colorado finished solo fourth at 10 under, while Miller Capps was T25 at 5 under, marking two amateurs who qualified … Three Canadians qualified including Lucas Kim who drove from Toronto to Springfield, Missouri overnight to compete in a Web.com Tour event this year… Cameron Wilson finished T5. He won the 2014 NCAA individual title while at Stanford … Aaron Cockerill finished T9. He was a rookie on the Mackenzie Tour this year and kept his card.
Notable to miss: Mike Van Sickle finished T64 at 4 over to miss qualifying by nine shots. He played in this year’s U.S. Open.
Lantana, Texas (Lantana Golf Club); October 4-8
Seventy-five players competed for 24 spots. Medalist was Ryan Gildersleeve of Clearwater, Florida, who fired four rounds in the 60s to finish at 21 under. He won the qualifier by one shot.
Notables to advance: Rodolfo Cazaubon finished solo sixth at 16 under. He represented Mexico in the golf competition of this year’s Olympics … Veteran Jason Allred finished solo second. Allred played in 19 Web.com Tour events this season and qualified for the U.S. Open … Andy Pope finished solo fifth at 17 under. He also played in this year’s U.S. Open.
Notable to miss: Tommy Cocha has won three times on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and played 17 events on the Web.com Tour this year. The 2015 silver medalist at the Pan-American Games missed qualifying by one shot, finishing T26.