More accurately, four of the six second stage sites concluded over the weekend. Top 20 players, plus ties, from each site advance on to third stage next month at PGA West. A quick summary:
Brooksville, Florida: Todd Demsey and Camilo Benedetti (-13) led the way at Southern Hills Plantation Club. Seven under was the number needed to qualify for third stage. Some notables who made it through include John Huston (-11), Robert Gamez (-11), and Marco Dawson (-8). Erik Compton and Grant Waite just missed qualifying.
Kingwood, Texas: Chris Stroud (-14) cruised to low medalist honors at Deerwood Golf Club. Some of the names who shot -4 or better–the number needed to qualify–included Willie Wood (-9), former PGA Champion Mark Brooks (-6), Brad Elder (-6), and Glen Day (-5). J.L. Lewis and Omar Uresti are a couple of former Tour players who missed the number at Deerwood.
Panama City Beach, Florida: Steve Wheatcroft fired a -15 to take medalist honors at the Hombre Bad/Ugly course. Guy Boros (-8) and Harrison Frazar (-7) easily qualified for third stage, clearing the four under number by several shots.
Pine Mountain, Georgia: Robert Damron (-17) tied for medalist honors with Chris Riley and Oskar Bergmann at Callaway Gardens. Ryder Cup Assistant Captain Olin Browne finish T7 at -12 to easily get through to third stage, along with former Tour player Jay Delsing, who finished right on the qualifying number at -9. Billy Andrade finished T33 (-6) to finish outside the number.
The third and notoriously pressure-filled final stage of Q School will take place December 3-8 at PGA West in La Quinta, California.
Q School is about as interesting as it gets in the golf world during December. Game Under Repair will cover all the action. If you’re a golf geek like me, then stay tuned.