Stage One of Q-School Concludes

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
PGA TourCORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Nick Flanagan, the 2003 U.S. Amateur champion, headed a large group of players Friday that moved on to the second stage of the PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament.
Players were spread out across the country at 12 different golf courses for the first round of Q-School with the top-23 finishers and ties advancing at each location.
Flanagan led the field at the TPC at Heron Bay in Coral Springs, Florida. The young Australian came in a 23-under-par 265. Among other players moving on from that location were Nationwide Tour player Boo Weekley and European Tour member Soren Kjeldsen.
Charlie Wi and Chris Starkjohann shared medalist honors at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California. The big story at this course however was LPGA Tour player Isabelle Beisiegel.
Beisiegel was trying to qualify for the PGA Tour through Q-School, but met a harsh fate. Her total of 323 landed her in last place of the 78 players in La Quinta that completed all four rounds.
Matt Bettencourt, another Nationwide Tour player, took the top spot at San Juan Oaks. Bettencourt posted a total of 20-under-par 268. Rob Rashell, Casey Martin and Jason Allred were among the players advancing from this location.
Jaxon Brigman's total of 13-under-par 275 allowed him to finish first at Lantana Golf Club in Lantana, Texas. Among those moving on from here were Anders Hultman, Kelly Grunewald, Brendon De Jonge and Kent Fukushima.
Reid Edstrom took the top spot at Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City, Florida. Edstrom came in at 9-under-par 275 one stroke clear of Robert Garrigus, Justin Hicks, Ken Staton and Tim Wilkinson. Several Nationwide Tour players, including Jess Daley, Eduardo Herrera, Richie Coughlan, Sonny Skinner, Jason Enloe and Bobby Gage, also moved on from here.
Andy Barnes and Han Lee shared the top spot at Rio Rico Resort in Rio Rico, Arizona. The two of the posted a total of 272 and moved on with Joe Daley, Christopher Hanell and Chris Sessler.
Gregg Jones and Gary Christian shared the medalist honors at 9-under-par 271 at Florence Country Club in Florence, South Carolina. Several Nationwide Tour players including Brent Schwarzrock, Ryan Gioffre and Bryan DeCorso all finished in the top 23 here.
Byron Schlagenhauf totaled 273 and took the top spot at BlackHorse Golf Club by three shots over Chris Stroud in Cypress, Texas. Among those moving on from here was Matt Weibring, son of Champions Tour player D.A. Weibring.
Dave Schreyer took medalist honors at Jennings Mill Country Club in Bogart, Georgia. Three Australians -- Adam Crawford, Ewan Porter and Ryan Haller -- joined Englishman Richard Moir as four foreigners moving on to stage two from this course.
Wil Collins, Parker McLachlin and Kyle Kovacs were among those advancing from Dayton Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Nevada. Joseph Summerhays, son of Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays, also moved on to stage two from here.
Mario Tiziani, Chris Wall and Alex Rocha were among the 23 players moving on from the TPC at Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida.
Among the players who failed to advance were Wes Heffernan, Ted Oh, Jason Higton, Rob McMillan, Rob Labritz, Ty Tryon, Derek Gillespie, Patrick Damron, Robin Byrd, Brad Sutterfield, Steve Scott and Jay Haas, Jr.
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  • Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

    PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

    Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

    The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

    The statement reads:

    The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

    Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

    The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

    The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

    The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.