One more step: Six former Tigers advance to PGA Tour School final

Phillip Mollica, Brian Duncan, Vince Hatfield, Ben Martin, Danny Ellis, Stephen Poole will play at LaQuinta, Calif.

Ben Martin (AP photo).

Ben Martin (AP photo).

Six former Clemson golfers advanced to the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying over the weekend at two different sites. All six will now go to the third and final Q School stage at LaQuinta, Calif., Nov. 28 through Dec. 3.

Brian Duncan, Vince Hatfield, Ben Martin and Danny Ellis all advanced with top 19 finishes at Southern Hills Country Club in Brookville, Fla. Phillip Mollica and Stephen Poole all moved on through play at the Redstone Country Club in Humble, Texas.

Duncan, Hatfield, Mollica and Poole will all be making their first appearances in Q School's final stage - a six-round, 108-hole tournament.

Duncan had the Tigers' best Second Stage performance with a 274 score for his four rounds at Southern Hills. He finished in fourth place with a -14 score. The former Clemson All-American had rounds of 65-69-70-70.

Hatfield finished seventh at the same site with a 276 score. After an opening 71, the native of Greenwood, S.C. had rounds of 69-67-69 to finish at 12-under-par.

Martin, also of Greenwood, had a strong weekend to finish in 15th place at 279. Martin was a member of the PGA Tour two years ago, his rookie year out of Clemson. He played on the Tour last season.

Ellis finished in a tie for 19th place with a 280 score to advance. The top 19 players advanced out of that region. Ellis, who has been on the PGA Tour five previous years, had consistent rounds of 69-71-70-70.

Sam Saunders and Corbin Mills both competed at Southern Hills, but did not advance.

Mollica finished ninth at the Humble, Texas site with a nine-under-par score of 279. His second round 65 was a highlight for the former Tiger from Anderson, S.C. Poole, a native of Spartanburg, finished one stroke back at 280 to finish in a tie for 12th

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omnipotent1 writes:

Great showing for the Upstate

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