Barber, Kim advance to q-school finals

November 22, 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

The second stage of Tour q-school is vital. It’s all-or-nothing for most of the participants. Players who advance to the third and final stage are guaranteed at least conditional status on the Tour, which is the only pathway to the PGA TOUR. Most who miss out at second stage will start 2014 without status on that circuit.

Q-school’s second stage concluded this week with four sites. Two sites were held last week (click here for a roundup) Here’s a look at how some notable names, including Blayne Barber and Michael Kim, fared. 

Barber, a member of the United States' 2011 Walker Cup team, advanced to q-school finals on Friday, ensuring himself Tour status for 2014; Barber earned attention for disqualifying himself from last year's q-school first stage after it appeared that he had advanced. Kim, college golf's 2013 player of the year, also advanced; the Cal junior is playing q-school as an amateur.

Southern Hills Plantation Club, Brooksville, Fla.
Nov. 19-22
Top 19 and ties advanced

 Matt Ryan, of Huntersville, N.C., shot 17-under 271 (64-67-71-69) to win by one shot. The 27-year-old played college golf at Fresno State.

• Tyler McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA TOUR winner Mark McCumber, finished one shot back after shooting in the 60s in all four rounds. McCumber turned pro earlier this year after an All-American career at Florida. He won this year’s Florida State Open. Mark McCumber’s victories included the 1988 THE PLAYERS Championship and 1994 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

•  Vince India, who's 32nd on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica's order of merit, finished third. He was a third-team All-American at Iowa in 2011.

• Mike Ballo, Jr., finished sixth after shooting four consecutives 69s. He played college golf at St. John’s, which has two alums on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14 (Keegan Bradley; Andrew Svoboda). His father was a professional golfer, competing in three U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships. Ballo Jr.’s mother, Page, played college golf at North Carolina.

• Harold Varner, the 2012 Conference USA player of the year at East Carolina, finished eighth after shooting 72-68-69-68. Varner qualified for this year’s U.S. Open (76-79—MC). 

• Blayne Barber, 23, advanced one year after disqualifying himself from q-school's first stage. Barber played on the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team that included Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Russell Henley, Peter Uihlein and. Patrick Cantlay. Barber was the NGA Tour’s 2013 rookie of the year. He also made the cut in two of three PGA TOUR starts this year and had two top-10s in seven Tour starts.

• Jeff Curl advanced with one shot to spare after shooting 65-70 in the final two rounds. He is the son of Rod Curl, who won his lone PGA TOUR title at the 1974 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

• Zack Byrd, who played college golf with Dustin Johnson at Coastal Carolina, advanced on the number.

• Two-time PGA TOUR winner Frank Lickliter missed by three shots after shooting 71-70-71-70. Lickliter was medalist at the 2007 q-school finals after opening 62-62.

• Donald Constable also was three shots too high. He earned his PGA TOUR card last year in his first q-school attempt, then missed the cut in all 16 starts.

• Matt Hill, the 2009 NCAA individual champion and player of the year, missed by three shots.

• Byeong-Hun An, the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion, missed by four shots. An, 22, finished 25th on the European Challenge Tour’s money list in 2013.

• Brad Brunner, of Tampa, Fla., missed by six shots after shooting 69-66-75-75.

• Arjun Atwal, winner of the 2010 Wyndham Championship, tied for 50th and failed to advance.

• Eric Axley, the 2006 Valero Texas Open winner, shot 71-76-64-77.

• Rhys Davies, a former first-team All-American at East Tennessee State and winner of the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II in 2010, failed to break 70 this week. Davies, 28, is from Wales.

• David Chung, runner-up to Peter Uihlein at the 2010 U.S. Amateur, finished T-69. Chung, Uihlein and PGA TOUR player Scott Langley represented the United States at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship.


Bear Creek Golf Club, Murrieta, Calif.
Nov. 19-22
Top 20 and ties

• USC junior Anthony Paolucci was the only player to break par in all four rounds; he won by one shot. Paolucci was one of two collegians to advance out of Bear Creek, joining 2013 college player of the year Michael Kim of Cal, who advanced on the number after shooting 71-66-78-73. They must turn pro after q-school finals if they want to accept 2014 Tour status. Kim also finished 17th at the U.S. Open and played in the Walker Cup.

• Josh Anderson, a high-school teammate of Rickie Fowler's at Murrieta Valley, finished seventh. Anderson was an All-American at Pepperdine in 2012 and won the 2007 California Amateur. Anderson finished 44th on PGA TOUR Canada's order of merit this year.

• Eugene Wong, college golf's 2010 player of the year, finished seventh. Wong turned pro in 2012 after being a first-team All-American at Oregon and won twice on PGA TOUR Canada. He finished 23rd on the order of merit this year.

• Si Woo Kim, 18, advanced to finals for the second consecutive year. He earned a PGA TOUR card at last year's q-school finals as a 17-year-old.

• Peter Lonard, winner of the 2005 RBC Heritage, finished 15th. The 46-year-old advanced with one shot to spare after shooting 70-68-75-74.

• Kevin Penner, a UNLV All-American who turned pro earlier this year, advanced with one shot to spare after shooting 68-68-76-75. Penner made the cut (T-43) in his first PGA TOUR start as a pro at the recent Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Zac Blair, who completed his collegiate career at BYU earlier this year, also advanced to final stage.

• Bob May, who lost to Tiger Woods in a playoff at the 2000 PGA Championship, tied for 24th, missing by two shots after a final-round 75.

• Michael Schachner, of Libertyville, Ill., missed by two shots after a final-round 77; he shot par or better in each of the previous three rounds. Erick Justesen, of San Jose, Calif., missed by three shots after a final-round 79. Phoenix's Ryan Dillon missed by three after shooting 78 on Friday. Dae-Hyun Kim missed by six shots after a final-round 80.

• Daniel Miernicki, a first-team All-American at Oregon in 2012, missed by five shots.

• Billy Mayfair, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, shot 8-over 296.

• Chris Williams, who turned pro in June as the world's No. 1 amateur, shot 11-over 299, failing to break par in a single round.

• James Erkenbeck, a 2013 first-team All-American at New Mexico, missed after shooting 77-66-82-75.


Shell Landing Golf Club, Gautier, Miss.
Nov. 19-22
Top 19 and ties advanced

 Matt Fast, of Canton, Miss., shot 20-under 268 to finish three shots ahead of Justin Lower, the 2010 NAIA champion. Fast played college golf at Mississippi State.

• Michael Hebert, who turned pro earlier this year after playing collegiate golf at Auburn and Florida State, finished third. He was college teammates at Auburn with Blayne Barber, who also advanced to q-school finals Friday.

• Josh Broadaway, who plays cross-handed, finished fifth at 11 under par. The 35-year-old recently Monday qualified for the McGladrey Classic and tied for 48th. He’s made the cut in both of his career PGA TOUR starts. 

• Adam Mitchell, a member of the United States’ 2009 Walker Cup team, finished sixth. His Walker Cup teammates included Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein, Morgan Hoffmann and Bud Cauley, Brian Harman and Cameron Tringale. Mitchell has never played in a PGA TOUR event and has made just 11 Tour starts since turning pro in 2009.

• Matt Nagy, of Acworth, Ga., shot a final-round 66 to advance on the number. He shot a bogey-free 32 on his back nine. He played his final four holes in 3 under par, after a birdie at No. 6 and eagle at the par-5 seventh hole.

 John Parry, who represented Great Britain & Ireland at the 2007 Walker Cup, missed by one shot.

• Chris Smith, who won his lone PGA TOUR title at the 2002 Buick Classic, missed by five shots after a first-round 76.

• Tadd Fujikawa, who finished 20th at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii as a 16-year-old, finished 48th after shooting 76-76-70-67.

• PGA TOUR Canada player Nate McCoy finished 67th. His father, Mike, is expected to receive an invitation to the Masters after winning the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

• Brady Watt, the world’s No. 8 amateur, shot 8 over par. Watt was a semifinalist at this year’s U.S. Amateur.


Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club, Plantation, Fla.
Nov. 19-22
Top 20 and ties advanced

 Nathan Tyler, of Tucson, Ariz., was medalist by two shots after shooting 21-under 263 (65-66-63-69). He finished 12th on the PGA TOUR Canada order of merit in 2013.

• Dan Berger, of Jupiter, Fla., finished second. Berger was a first-team All-American in 2013 at Florida State. He finished runner-up to Max Homa at the 2013 NCAA Championship before turning pro after his sophomore season.

• Jon Curran, who was high-school teammates with Keegan Bradley, finished third at 14 under par. He was the 2013 NGA Tour player of the year. The 26-year-old has made just four PGA TOUR and one Tour start.

• T.J. Vogel, the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, advanced to q-school finals after turning pro earlier this year. The man Vogel beat in the 2012 Publinks final, Kevin Aylwin, also advanced to q-school finals out of Plantation on Friday. Vogel won their match, 12 and 10, at Soldier Hollow Golf Club in Midway, Utah.

• Johnny DelPrete advanced with one shot to spare. DelPrete gained attention this summer when he caddied for his girlfriend, LPGA player Jessica Korda, in the third round of the U.S. Women's Open after she fired her caddie mid-round. DelPrete finished 104th on the PGA TOUR Canada order of merit in 2013.

• Connor Arendell advanced on the number. He earned his European Tour by finishing eighth at last week's European Tour q-school finals in Spain.

• Mitch Krywulycz advanced on the number. He was teammates with PGA TOUR winner Patrick Reed on Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 NCAA title teams. Another member of those teams, Henrik Norlander, played the PGA TOUR in 2013 and will have Tour status in 2014.

• Krywulycz's Augusta State teammate on those title teams, Taylor Floyd, shot a final-round 68 but failed to advance by a shot.

• Chris DeForest, a college teammate of PGA TOUR players Scott Langley and Luke Guthrie at Illinois, missed by three shots after a 3-over 74 in the final round. DeForest finished 100th on the PGA TOUR Canada order of merit in 2013.

• Former PGA TOUR player Hank Kuehne, the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion, missed by four shots.

• Drew Weaver, a member of the United States' 2009 U.S. Walker Cup team, missed by five shots. Weaver's wedding is scheduled during q-school's final stage. Advancing to final stage, even though he was unable to play, would have earned him Tour status.

• Lion Kim, the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, shot a final-round 79 to miss by seven shots. He shot in the 60s in each of the previous three rounds.

• Sean Jacklin, the son of former Open Championship and U.S. Open champion Tony Jacklin, finished 67th.