It's do or die time as the final round of Stage 1 Q-school is happening in 5 locations today. In all but one location, it's the Top 23 and ties that get to move on to Stage 2...out in CA, because the field was smaller, it's the top 18 and ties. With 75-80 guys in each field, that means about three-quarters of them are going end their Q-school journey today. I can't quite imagine what must go through the minds of these talented golfers...on any one day they can shoot lights out and take some cash from their buddies...but today, they are playing for their potential career - now that is pressure!!
Here's the latest update on the guys I'm following:
Jesse Smith, from New Hampshire is hanging in there!! (read up a couple of posts to find a link to a great article about him!) He is currently sitting at T9 after 3 rounds and with the current T23's sitting at -5, I think we may see Smith going to Stage 2!!
Andrew Puska from Canada doesn't look so fortunate - he's currently sitting at T68 and would need to shoot about 60 to even get close to the cut line. It looks like his dream ends today...but hopefully he may find some play on the Canadian Tour in 2011.
As for the Minnesota guys I'm rooting for:
Mario Tiziani is out in North Carolina...after being at T19 after day one, Mario finds himself at T36 going into the final round. He is 3 strokes behind the players currently at T23. He's going to need to make some putts today!
Out in Nevada there are several MN guys..
Clayton Rask is going into round 4 at T19 he has played steady golf and needs one more good round today.
Kane Hanson has dropped off his good first round pace, but finds himself right at the cutoff position at T23 - it's hard to know what score he's going to need to post today to keep that spot, but I hope he can go out and find some biridies!
Ben Pisani is working his way up the leaderboard, but he still has to improve today to get into the Top 23 - after being T42 after day one he's now T28 and just 1 stroke away from being T23...it's going to be a nail biter!!
Andy Paulson - who pulled out a great final round in the pre-qualifiers to get to Stage 1 is not going to make it to state 2 today - he sits at T66 and is over 10 shots away from top 23. He just couldn't get anything going...dang!
Out in California, 2 other MN guys are going to need some inspired golf to even get close to the cut - Jonathan Sauer currently sits at T52 and Brady Swedberg is at T59...and at this location it's only the Top 18 that make it. Scores were higher in CA, so this could have been a more difficult course.
I did see a Brett Swedberg in the NV qualifier and I think that is Brady's brother...Brett is at T23 along with Kane Hanson so I'm rooting for him, too!
It sounds like this might be one of the last nice days we get in Minnesota, so I'll be heading out from work early to make it to the course myself! But I'll be cheering those guys on this afternoon while I try to make some birdies.
The rest of the Stage 1 qualifiers will be starting up next week...and there are more Minnesota guys to root for!!
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