Former Tigers Brian Duncan, Phillip Mollica closing in on Q School Final Stage

Duncan leads at midway point at Brooksville, Fla.; Mollica 6th headed into final round at Humble, Tex.

Brian Duncan (NGA Tour photo)

Brian Duncan (NGA Tour photo)

Former Clemson golfers Brian Duncan and Phillip Mollica are closing in on qualification for the Final Stage of PGA Q School via their strong play in the Second Stage tournaments.

Also still in the hunt at various sites around the country are Stephen Poole, Ben Martin, Vince Hatfield, Danny Ellis, Sam Saunders and Tommy Biershenk.

Duncan maintained a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Second Stage qualifier at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla. He followed up his opening 65 with a second-round 69 and stands at 10-under, with a one-shot lead over Patrick Sheehen of Orlando, Fla. and Robert Karlsson of Waxhaw, N.C.

Sitting on the qualification line, tied for 19th place in the same tournament, are Martin, Hatfield and Ellis, all with four-under scores. Saunders is a shot back at three-under, tied for 30th place, while Corbin Mills shot a 78 on Thursday and dropped back into 68th place.

Going into the final round at Redstone Country Club in Humble, Tx., Mollica - an Anderson, S.C. native - is tied for sixth place at nine-under after rounds of 70-65-72. He stands six strokes behind leader Franklin Corpening of Fort Worth, Tex., and is five shots clear of the qualification line.

Poole is two shots back at seven-under, tied for 13th place, after rounds of 71-67-71.

At TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Tex., Biershenk stands 38th going into the final round after scores of 73-71-69.

At Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., Kevin Johnson stands 60th at four-over at the midway point, while Brent Delahoussaye is 67th at six-over.

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