Golf's Next Wave with Knous, Leafstrand shines light on rigors of Q-School
November 03, 2017
By Matt Cochran, PGATOUR.COM
- Jim Knous is playing this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open before turning his attention to Second Stage. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
Editor's note: Golf's Next Wave is the official podcast of the Web.com Tour, where digital content producers Kevin Prise and Matt Cochran provide a colorful window into the lives of golf's rising stars, visiting with players as they navigate the challenging-yet-rewarding path toward the PGA TOUR.
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The unseen grind of the Web.com Tour is currently ongoing as we enter the Second and Final Stages of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Hundreds of golfers across multiple qualifying sites are competing in hopes of finishing inside the top 45 and ties at Final Stage, to assure guaranteed starts on the 2018 Web.com Tour.
In the past two episodes of Golf’s Next Wave, Kevin Prise and Matt Cochran have had the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the trials and tribulations of Q-School.
Last week, Don Leafstrand joined the show, a former pool player chasing his dream on the links. Don has advanced to Second Stage and spends most of his time playing on the mini-tours, where he lives hotel-to-hotel for stretches.
Turning over a new Leaf. 🍁— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) October 21, 2017
Wisconsin's Don Leafstrand has advanced to Second Stage. 👊 pic.twitter.com/BxDuNX9jkc
This week featured Jim “Hard K” Knous, who played his first full season on the Web.com Tour in 2017 and is currently trying to improve his conditional status via Second Stage of Q-School.
Knous spoke on everything from the Colorado School of Mines, where he studied Civil Engineering, to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, into which he Monday qualified. Knous gives an interesting take on how much more relaxed he is for the PGA TOUR event than playing in Second Stage next week.
From one Monday qualifier to another, Knous also talked about his experience playing in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. He went from being a fan on No. 16 to Monday qualifying his way into the event.
His perspective on Monday qualifiers was quite insightful and gives fans a look inside the stresses of the whole process.
Other topics discussed include Knous’ appearance on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays, roller coasters, and the always anticipated Rapid Fire segment.
Golf’s Next Wave was fortunate enough to have a bonus guest on the show, as Nick Parker joined Kevin and Matt in the opening segment.
Parker spent his last few years as a media official on the Web.com Tour, traveling to different events and essentially serving as a liaison between players and media. He is moving to the PGA TOUR side of things, so he joined the podcast to share some stories from his time on the Web.com Tour.
Jim Knous and Mark Anguiano visit Google Campus