Nearly a dozen golfers with area connections competed in PGA Tour Qualifying Schools, with four advancing to the Second Stage in November.
Nathan Sutherland, Wyomissing, PA, who plays at Oakmont, moved thru his pre-qualifying rounds at Moores Hill GC, Auburn, AL, with 75-72-70–217, tied for 31st. In the first stage at the PGA Wanamaker Course, Port St. Lucie, FL, he recorded 70-69-73-67–279, to move on.
Jason Scrivener, Pittsburgh, PA, advanced at Oak Valley GC, Beaumont, CA, with 66-77-72-72–287, t-15.
Ray Beaufils, Wexford, was right on the number, t-19, with 70-74-75-72–291 at the Auburn University GC, AL.
Sam Saunders, Orlando, FL, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, was medalist at the St. John’s Club, St. Augustine, FL, with 66-71-66-68–271.
Jon Mills, Indiana, 71st on the Nationwide Tour money list, with just under $84,000, was exempt from the first stage of qualifying school.
Other results all from the first stage
Mike Adamson, Hobe Sound, FL, formerly of Waynesburg, missed qualifying for the second stage at PGA Wanamaker with 71-70-69-73-283, after advancing in pre-qualifying at Lake Jovita GC, Dade City, FL.
Bobby MacWhinnie, Pittsburgh, shot 77-79-75-76–307 at Kinderlou Forest GC, Valdosta, GA.
C.G. Mercatoris, Brookville, advanced thru pre-qualifying at Moores Hill GC, Auburn, AL, with 74-73-72–219, then failed to advance at St. John’s Club with 74-79-73-71–297.
Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg, advanced thr pre-qualifying at Lake Jovita, with 72-72-71–215, then failed to advance at Auburn University with 74-79-69-73–295.
Kevin Shields, the 2010 PNC West Penn Open champion, came up short at Irish Creek GC, Kannapolis, NC, with 77-71-72-69–289.
Justin Smith, St. Paul, MN, formerly of Franklin, PA, recorded 74-71-72-73–290, t-35, at Kinderlou Forest GC, Valdosta, GA,.
Mike VanSickle, Wexford, recorded 78-65-73-73-289 at Kinderlou Forest GC, Valdosta, GA, t-31.