Two of nine players with connections to Western Pennsylvania, Sam Saunders and Brendon Todd, advanced to the finals of PGA Tour Qualifying School, to be played November 30-December 5, at PGA West, Nicklaus & Stadium Courses, near Palm Springs. CA. He played college golf at Clemson
Saunders, Orlando, FL, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, shot 68-67-70-75–280, tied 9th, at Southern Hills Plantation, Brooksville, FL, while Todd, Atlanta, recorded 64-72-70-67–273, tied 4th, at Plantation Reserve GC and Club, Plantation, FL. Todd played golf at Rolling Hills, McMurray, as a junior before his family moved, first to Charlotte, NC, then to Atlanta. He played college golf at Georgia.
The other seven did not advance. Jon Mills, Indiana, finished t-31, three strokes from the cut line, at Southern Hills Plantation. He will likely play a full schedule on the Nationwide Tour next year as he was 85th on their 2011 money list. Four players were at Hombre GC, Panama City, FL, Nathan Sutherland, Oakmont, was t-42, Jason Scrivener, Pittsburgh, t-50; David Lutterus, Pittsburgh,was t-60, and Wexford’s Ray Beaufils withdrew after three rounds.
Rob McClellan, Butler, the 2011 West Penn Open and Tri-State PGA Section champion, played at Redstone GC, Humble, TX, where he shot 76-72-73-82-303, t-61.
Washington, PA, native Steve Wheatcroft, will play on the PGA Tour in 2012 after finishing 20th on the Nationwide Tour money list this season.