A dozen former Tiger golfers take aim at PGA Q School's Second Stage

Group led by former PGA Tour cardholders Charles Warren, Kevin Johnson, Tommy Biershenk, Danny Ellis, Ben Martin, Brent Delahousaaye

Men's Basketball & Golf - Charles Warren, right, and Todd Langford, left, present golf coach Larry Penley with a check from last year's Tiger Golf Gathering fund raiser

Photo by Mark Crammer

Men's Basketball & Golf - Charles Warren, right, and Todd Langford, left, present golf coach Larry Penley with a check from last year's Tiger Golf Gathering fund raiser

The Q-School path, for the final time, leads straight to the PGA Tour.

Second Stage Q-School tournaments will get underway next week at six sites, with a dozen former Tiger golfers still alive in their quest for 2013 tour cards.

Approximately 20 players from each of the six sites will advance to the 108-hole Final Stage tournament, and the top 25 finishers there will earn full playing status on the PGA Tour for 2013.

The PGA has revamped its qualification process for next year, with all 2014 tour spots set to be determined by performance on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour. A modified Q School will be retained, but will be used only as a qualifier for the Web.com Tour.

Leading Clemson's group of contenders are former PGA Tour cardholders Charles Warren, Tommy Biershenk, Ben Martin, Brent Delahoussaye, Danny Ellis and Kevin Johnson. Also in the mix are Corbin Mills, Sam Saunders, Vince Hatfield, Brian Duncan, Phillip Mollica and Stephen Poole.

D.J. Trahan is eligible to advance directly to the final stage of Q School after finishing 130th on the 2012 PGA Tour money list. The top 125 finishers retained their cards for next season.

Six former Tigers will be competing at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla., beginning Nov. 14 - Martin, Mills, Saunders, Hatfield, Duncan and Ellis.

Delayhousse and Johnson are playing in the tournament at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., while Biershenk is playing at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Tex.

Warren, Mollica and Poole are in the field at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Tex.

Former Auburn Player's Self-Disqualification Allows Mills To Advance: Corbin Mills made it through the First Stage of Q School at Callaway Gardens, Ga. by the narrowest of margins. After finishing one place out of qualifying position, Mills and several other players advanced after former Auburn player Blayne Barber called the PGA on Nov. 2 - nearly a week after his final round - and informed them that he had submitted an incorrect scoreboard.

In talking to a former college teammate after the tournament, Barber learned that he had incorrectly self-imposed a one-stroke penalty for accidentally moving a leaf in a bunker with his club. The penalty should have been two shots.

"I continued to pray about it and think about it, and I just did not have any peace about it," Barber told GolfWeek. "I knew I needed to do the right thing. I knew it was going to be disqualification."

Martin, Saunders Tie For 13th At Web.com Tour Championship: Former teammates Saunders and Martin are coming off 13th-place finishes at the Web.com Tour Championship tournament, which was played at TPC Craig Ranch last month. They tied for 13th place with seven-under par scores. Saunders had rounds of 71-69-68-69, while Martin had scores of 69-69-69-70.

Saunders finished 50th on the Web.com Tour money list, while Martin was 54th, Matt Hendrix 72nd, Johnson 93rd and Warren 106th.

Tiger Golf Gathering Upcoming: The Clemson golf program will hold its annual Tiger Golf Gathering fundraising event Dec. 6-7 at Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C and Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer Course in Greenville, S.C.

Events include the Thursday Open and The Gathering on Dec. 6, and the Tiger Am on Dec. 7.

The Thursday Open at Thornblade features four-person teams playing in an 18-hole Captain's Choice tournament.

The Gathering, also at Thornblade, includes dinner and entertainment, and a live and silent auction of Clemson-related items. Numerous professional golfers are scheduled to attend.

The Tiger Am will be played at Chanticleer and is a classic 'pro-am' Captain's Choice tournament featuring three fans in a group with a former or current Clemson golfer.

Registration is available at www.tigergolfgathering.com, or by calling the Tiger Golf Gathering Hotline at 800-687-9716. For more information, email info@tigergolfgathering.com.

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