The first stage of Q-School is nearly complete with five of the six qualifiers having finished four rounds Oct. 30 and, as is the norm, there were plenty of surprises mixed amid solid performances.
Jamie Lovemark – who lost in a playoff last week at the Frys.com Open and turned down a spot in this week’s water-logged Viking Classic to play first stage – advanced despite a closing 77 at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.
Ditto for former phenom Ty Tryon whose second- round 62 at Grasslands G&CC in Lakeland, Fla., assured a second-stage start and former UCLA standout Kevin Chappell carded a closing 65 at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, Calif., to advance.
Among the first-round surprises were Todd Demsey – a former Tour player who had a tumor removed from his brain – finished at 3 over par at San Juan Oaks and failed to advance, as did Boyd Summerhays, the nephew of Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays, following a 74-75 start at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, Calif.
First stage concludes today at Lantana (Texas) Golf Club and the second stage of the Fall Classic begins Nov. 18-21 at six sites.