This post is continued from Friday. Game Under Repair’s look at First Stage of 2008 PGA Q- School.

– Brian Unk, from Lewis Center, Ohio, shot a final round 61 at Florence Country Club to qualify by one shot. Holy Crap. That’s clutch golf in a video game, much less Q-School. Yeah, imagine standing on the first tee and realizing you have to go low, like 62 low. Unk did that and one better. Impressive.

-Former PGA Tour player Jess Daley finished T10 at the St. Augustine site. He mixed a first round 65 with a third round 78, throwing in a 68 and 70 to finish inside the number comfortably.

-Bobby Collins, who played in the 2008 U.S. Open, finished with Crandon Park medalist honors at 5 under, four shots better than his nearest competitor.  

Closing Thoughts on First Stage

First stage is where the true players begin to separate themselves. Even after the PGA Tour instituted the pre-qualifying stage–which helps weed out the hackers with inflated handicaps who have a few thousand bucks to blow on the application fee–you’re still going to find some guys at first stage who are good golfers, who have decent resumes, but who can’t play consistently well on this stage over a four-day period.

But the guys who advance on to second stage are quality golfers. Based on physical talent alone, most are probably as good as many Nationwide players, or even some lower-tier PGA Tour players. Many might even have Nationwide or PGA Tour experience.  So the men have just separated themselves from the boys. Second stage will carry that a step further.

Keep coming back to Game Under Repair for more insight into all three stages of PGA Tour Qualifying School.