Area ties struggle at Q-School
Following the second round of the final stage of Q-School, three golfers with area connections arenít in good position to gain a PGA Tour card for the 2013 season.
South Aiken and University of Georgia product Kevin Kisner had the best day of the bunch Thursday, carding a 3-over 75 on the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, Calif. The two-birdie, one-bogey, two-double bogey round put him 15 strokes behind leader Meen Whee Kim in a tie for 142nd place. Kisnerís two-day total is a 2-over 146.
Aiken resident and former Clemson golfer Stephen Poole struggled with an up-and-down round on the Stadium Course. He followed his opening round 72 with a 5-over 77 that leaves him in a tie for 161st place at 5-over 149. His round included three birdies, four bogeys and two double bogies.
After playing most of the past few seasons on the eGolf Tour, Poole qualified for the final stage of the qualifying event by finishing with Kisner in the top 25 of the second stage of the event at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. Unlike Kisner, Poole had to go through the first stage in Florence, where he finished in a tie for 11th.
North Augusta and USC Aiken product Scott Brown, who exempted the first two stages of qualifying by finishing in the top 150 on the PGAís money list, looks like a long shot to retain his PGA Tour card. Following a disappointing 78 in the first round, Brown didnít do much better Thursday, carding a 4-over 76 on the Stadium Course to leave him at 10-over and was in a tie for 169th place. His round included three birdies, four bogeys, one double bogey and a triple bogey.
Brown is 22 shots behind another golfer with area connections. Evansí Vaughn Taylor followed Wednesdayís 68 with a nine-biride 64 on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to move to 12-under, a stroke behind the lead.
The event will continue through Tuesday, with six total rounds to determine which players will finish in the top 25 and clinch a spot on the PGA Tour next year. The next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards.
Kim shot a 9-under 63 on the Stadium Course to take the second-round lead. Taylor was a stroke back.
Other notables in the field included former Masters competitors and PGA Tour regulars Arjun Atwal and Camilo Villegas.
Atwal shot a 6-under 64 at the Nicklaus Course to move into a tie for 31st at 8-under for the event, and Villegas carded a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for 23td place.