After leaving himself with a lot of work to do after two rounds at PGA Tour Q-School, South Aiken High School and University of Georgia product Kevin Kisner put in his second straight impressive round on Saturday.
Kisner carded a 7-under 65 that included seven birdies and no bogeys on the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta, Calif., to put himself in a tie for 33rd place. He’s still eight strokes off the lead but only one stroke away from finding himself in the top 25 and ties, which would be good enough to earn a third straight year on the PGA Tour.
Aiken resident and Clemson product Stephen Poole had his best day of the event, shooting a 5-under 67 on the Nicklaus course to get back to even-par and a tie for 135th place, but only two rounds remain if Poole hopes to earn his card. He also went bogey-free and carded five birdies.
Former North Augusta High School and USC Aiken golfer Scott Brown also had his best round of the weekend with a 2-under 70, but he’s still well out of contention for another year on the PGA Tour. Brown is in 166th place at 9-over for the event.
Contrary to previous reports, the sixth and final round of Q-School is actually on Monday, after which the top 25 and ties will receive their PGA Tour cards for full membership on the tour.
South Korean Dong-Hwan Lee stormed out in front after Saturday’s round, carding an 8-under 64 on the Stadium Course that included eight birdies and no bogeys to move to 19-under for the event. He also went bogey-free in the third round during a 7-under 65.
Augusta native Vaughn Taylor is part of a tie for second place at 17-under with Edward Loar, Meen Whee Kim and Richard Lee.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.