Oct. 29, 2007
Ten former University of New Mexico men's golfers are currently battling through the early rounds of the PGA Tour Qualifying School at various sites across the country. Madalitso Muthiya (2002-05) led a trio of Lobos who advanced to the second stage of qualifying by finishing second at the Lantana Golf Club event in Lantana, Texas. Five other former New Mexico golfers will also play their first stage events this week.
There are 12 first-stage events, held across the country from Oct. 23-Nov. 3, with fields of approximately 78 players at each site. A predetermined number of those -- generally the low 19, 20 or 21 and ties -- advance to the second stage of qualifying, which will be held at six sites from Nov. 14-17. The final stage is a 108-hole event played at the Orange County National Golf Club in Winter Garden, Fla., on Nov. 28-Dec. 3.
Muthiya carded a 7-under 281 (69-73-68-71) in his 72-hole stage to finish one stroke off the lead in the 77-player field. Jay Choi (2003-06) also competed in the Lantana stage but did not advance. He shot a 20-over 308 (77-79-78-74) to tie for 66th overall.
Wil Collins also tied for 17th at the Dayton Valley Country Club in Dayton, Nev. Collins post a four-round total of 281. After opeing with a 73 and 74 in the first two rounds, he torched the field for a 63 in the third round. His final round of 71 included an ace on the par-3 sixth hole.
Charlie Beljan (2004-07) and Chris Wall (1996-99) were both scheduled to play at Carlton Oaks in Santee, Calif., last weekend, but the Wildfires in southern California moved that event to the TPC in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Oct. 30-Nov. 2. J.B. Sneve (1984-87) will compete at the Auburn University Country Club in Auburn, Ala., while Brian Kortan (1990-94) will battle the field at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, on Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Mark Wurtz (1984-86) is set to play at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Holister, Calif., on Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
Spencer Levin (2004-05) received an exemption into the second stage of Q-School by finishing second in the Order of Merit on the Candaian Tour during the 2007 season. Levin posted two wins and seven top-10s in 10 events on the Canadian Tour this season.
All of the results from the PGA Tour Qualifying School can be found on www.PGATour.com.