Q-School Notebook: Second Stage, November 7 – November 10
November 10, 2017
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Former No. 1-ranked amateur and Haskins Award Winner, Maverick McNealy advanced to Final Stage after a strong performance in Texas. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
With the PGA TOUR's fall season proceeding, and the Web.com Tour Finals concluding last month, the 2017 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament continues at Second Stage sites across the United States.
Q-School provides access to the 2018 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 8). Players who advance to Final Stage will be assured of at least conditional status on the Web.com Tour in 2018.
Twelve First Stage events were conducted throughout late September and early October, in locations across the country from Florida to California. All five Second Stage events take place in November, and the Final Stage event will be held December 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.
Who has fared well at Second Stage, and who has fallen short? Here's a capsule look at what transpired at last week's sites where play was conducted.
Brooksville, Florida (Southern Hills Plantation Club)
Seventy-five players competed for 20 spots. Medalist was Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, Florida, who captured the honor by one shot after a final-round, 5-under-par 67. Stanger, who won the ACC individual title this year, also captured medalist honors at his First Stage site.
Notables to advance: Jack Maguire fired an 8-under-par 64 in the final round, matching the low round of the week (matched by three golfers). He played in the 2017 U.S. Open and was a member of the Web.com Tour … Mark Blakefield won the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada this summer, and is marrying his fiancée, former Big Break winner Bri Vega, next weekend … Carlos Sainz Jr. is a past winner on the Mackenzie Tour and played on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15.
Notables to miss: Alexandre Rocha and Dru Love both three-putted their final holes for bogey to miss qualifying by one shot. Love is the son of multi-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member Davis Love III … Michael Letzig won over $2.2 million on the PGA TOUR during a stretch of five years in a row with status … Hunter Stewart was a former Walker Cup member and First Team All-American at Vanderbilt … Bobby Wyatt played on the Walker Cup in 2013 after helping lead the University of Alabama to back-to-back NCAA Championships and played on the PGA TOUR in 2016-17 after earning status through the Web.com Tour Finals money list.
McKinney, Texas (TPC Craig Ranch)
Seventy-three players competed for 20 spots. Medalist was Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana, who shot 22 under par and captured medalist honors by five shots. Burns won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the NCAA Division I player of the year in June.
Notables to advance: Max McGreevy helped the University of Oklahoma to the NCAA Championship in 2017 and played on the Mackenzie Tour this summer, with the best result being a runner-up finish … John Merrick won the Genesis Open in 2013 … Sean Crocker just turned professional after being an All-American at USC … Maverick McNealy was the former No. 1-ranked amateur and Haskins Award Winner before turning professional this fall, making his pro debut at the Safeway Open.
Notables to miss: Oliver Goss is a former U.S. Amateur runner-up and All-American at the University of Tennessee … Drew Weaver captured the 2007 British Amateur and played the Web.com Tour in 2015-17 … Brad Fritsch played on the PGA TOUR in 2017 after winning on the Web.com Tour in 2016 and finishing in The 25 … A.J. McInerney finished inside the top 10 on the PGA TOUR in his hometown of Las Vegas on a sponsor exemption but bypassed playing the OHL Classic in order to compete at Q-School … All three amateurs – Nick Voke, William Zalatoris and Tyler Collier – did not qualify.
Plantation, Florida (Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club)
Seventy-four golfers competed for 20 spots. Co-medalists were Joey Garber of Vero Beach, Florida; Sean Kelly of Bradenton, Florida; and Daniel Mazziotta of Fort Myers, Florida, who all shot 13 under par. Garber had the low final round of the three, a 5-under-par 66.
Notables to advance: Bryan Bigley played on the Web.com Tour in 2017 and made headlines after he got his insurance license during a three-week break earlier this season … Rick Cochran is the nephew of PGA TOUR/PGA TOUR Champions winner Russ Cochran … Jhared Hack won the Western Amateur in 2007, defeating Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson on his way to the title … Hunter Hamrick was a former All-American at the University of Alabama.
Notables to miss: Curtis Thompson is the brother of LPGA superstar Lexi Thompson and fellow Web.com Tour member Nicholas Thompson … Greyson Sigg is a former All-American at the University of Georgia and played on the Mackenzie Tour in 2017… Andy Pope played on the Web.com Tour in 2017 and qualified for the U.S. Open … Steven Fox won the U.S. Amateur in 2012 … Matt Hill is a former ACC Athlete of the Year and Haskins Award winner.