Brian Duncan grabs 1st-round lead in Q School tourney at Southern Hills

Three other former Tigers in top 16 at Brooksville, Fla; Phillip Mollica in third place at Humble, Texas

Vince Hatfield takes a ground-level view of a putt while playing for the Clemson golf team at the 2007 Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Photo by Kerry Capps

Vince Hatfield takes a ground-level view of a putt while playing for the Clemson golf team at the 2007 Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Former Clemson golfer Brian Duncan grabbed sole possession of the lead with a first-round 65 on Wednesday in the opening round of the PGA Q-School Second Stage tournament at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla.

Duncan has a one-shot edge over Michael Letzig of Kansas City, Mo., and Patrick Wilkes-Krier of Orlando, Fla.

Tigers for 16th place in the same tournament are Sam Saunders, Ben Duncan and Danny Ellis, all with first-round 69s. Vince Hatfield and Corbin Mills are tied for 35th after 71s.

Approximately the top 20 finishers from each of six Second Stage sites will advance to the 108-hole final tournament.

At the midway point at Redstone Country Club in Humble, Texas, Phillip Mollica is tied for third, and just one shot out of the lead, with a nine-under par total. He shot a 68 in the opening round, and then followed with a 67 on Wednesday.

Two shots back, tied for 11th, is Stephen Poole, with rounds of 71-67.

At TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, Tommy Biershenk is tied for 56th at one-under after two rounds. With scores of 73-71, he's currently five shots off the qualification line.

At Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., Brent Delahoussaye shot an opening-round 71, while Kevin Johnson had a three-over 74.

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