Former Tigers battling for position as PGA Tour's final Q-School gets underway

Phillip Mollica advanced to Second Stage last week; eight playing this week in First Stage events

Former Clemson golfer Phillip Mollica won his first professional tournament by capturing the eGolf Professional Tour's El Jadida Classic in Morocco with a 10-under par score.

Photo by Kerry Capps

Former Clemson golfer Phillip Mollica won his first professional tournament by capturing the eGolf Professional Tour's El Jadida Classic in Morocco with a 10-under par score.

Clemson's contingent on the PGA Tour is in flux, with several players attempting to retain, or regain, their cards for the 2013 season, while others are battling their way through the final edition of Q-School in hopes of joining the party.

Sitting secure are three former Tigers - Kyle Stanley, Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover.

Stanley just missed the Tour Championship when he finished 31st on the FedEx points list. He is 32nd on the money list, with 2012 winnings of $2,351,857, while Byrd is 49th with earnings of $1,616,789.

Glover will retain his tour status based on his U.S. Open championship, despite an injury-plagued season in which he won just $67,112. Glover suffered a knee injury in a paddle boarding accident in Hawaii prior to the 2012 season opener last January.

After missing the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career, Glover underwent to surgery to remain a torn meniscus in his right knee on Sept. 5, and it's likely he'll wait until January to resume tournament play.

Just missing the top-125 cutoff for automatic card renewal was T.J. Trahan, who currently stands 130th on the money list with $587,404 in winnings. Tommy Biershenk finished 206th in his first PGA Tour season.

Trahan is currently playing in the PGA Tour's Fall Series, and is coming off a fourth-place finish - tied for his best of the year - in the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga. He finished at 12-under after scores of 66-67-66-69.

First Stage Q-School tournaments got underway last week, and continues this week.

One former Tiger advanced and two were eliminated in last week's event at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. Anderson, S.C. native Phillip Mollica tied for eighth with a nine-under total and will advance to Second Stage play. He had rounds of 72-70-69-65.

Missing the 19-man cutoff were David May, who finished 38th at 1-under, and Tanner Ervin, who was 51st at 3-over.

Brian Duncan began play on Tuesday at Deerwood Golf Club in Kingswood, Tex.

Competing beginning Wednesday at Florence (S.C.) Country Club are Brent Delahoussaye, Stephen Poole, Ben Duncan, Alex Boyd and Vince Hatfield.

Corbin Mills began play on Wednesday at Callaway Gardens, Ga., while Matt Hendrix is competing at PGA Wannamaker in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

This is the final year that Q School will be used as a gateway to the PGA Tour. Beginning next year, new cards will be awarded based on performance on the Web.com Tour.

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