Nov. 5, 2007
Former University of New Mexico golfers Mark Wurtz and Charlie Beljan both advanced to the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying school this weekend. They joined Jay Reynolds, Wil Collins and Madalitso Muthiya who advanced to the second stage earlier in the week.
Mark Wurtz (1984-86) played at the San Juan Golf Club in Hollister, Calif. He tied for 12th at his site to advance to the second stage. Wurtz carded a 1-under 278 (74-67-69-68) after 72 holes. Charlie Beljan (2004-07) advanced out of the TPC of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz. He shot a 9-under 275 (66-69-68-72) to tie for 15th.
Other Lobos who also competed this weekend included Brian Kortan (1990-94) who shot a 1-over 289 (73-73-72-71) at Stonebridge Ranch in McKinney, Texas, to tie for 42nd. J.B. Sneve (1984-87) tied for 30th at the Auburn University Course in Auburn, Alabama. He shot a 6-over 294 (71-73-73-77) in the 72-hole event. Chris Wall (1996-99) also played at the TPC of Scottsdale, tying for 59th with a 5-over 289 (70-77-68-74).
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.
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. He gives UNM a total of six representatives in the second stage of Q-School.
All of the results from the PGA Tour Qualifying School can be found on www.PGATour.com.