Thursday, October 19th, 2017: From Maricopa, AZ to Pine Mountain, GA, hundreds of Web.com Tour hopefuls were competing at 12 1st Stage sites. Of all the players to advance to 2nd Stage, 159 of them were SwingThought TOUR alums.
1st Stage kicked off on September 26th in Maricopa, AZ. Overall there were 7 STTOUR Alums who advanced, led by Steven Fox who finished tied for 2nd with a 4 day total of 20-under par.
1st Stage continued October 3rd-6th at 4 more sites. The Lakeland, FL site had 13 alums advance. Connor Arendell finished solo 2nd, while Matt Schall, Garett Osborn, Brad Schneider, and Riley Davenport all finished inside the Top-10. Lantana, TX site had 15 alums advance while the Lincoln City, NE site had 16 alums advance. There were also 5 more players who advanced through from the San Diego, CA site.
The 3rd wave of 1st Stage sites got underway at 5 more sites. In Kannapolis, NC Drew Weaver captured medalist honors with a 4-day score of 21-under par. He got off to a hot start by firing an 8-under 64 to jump out to an early lead. Josh Gallman finished solo 2nd, and Jay Woodson finished solo 3rd. Nathan Stamey, Michael Miller, Corey Nagy, Will Murphy, Brad Hopfinger, and Charlie Bull all finished inside the Top-10. In all 18 STTOUR Alums advanced through from the Irish Creek site.
In St. George, UT Brian Bigley earned medalist honors after shooting a 4-day total of 26-under par. Bigley shot rounds of 63, 66, 62, and 63 to take the medalist honors by 7 shots. Steele Dewald, Josh Eure, Ryan Spears, and Jesse Larson all finished inside the Top-10.
In Dayton, NV Eric Onesi finished with a 4-day total of 21-under to earn medalist honors. Chad McCann finished in a tie for 7th. Former Winter Series winner Luke McClellan also advanced through the Dayton, NV site.
SwingThought TOUR Member and 2-time 2017 winner Bruce Woodall advanced through from the West Palm Beach, FL site. Woodall who won in Florida earlier this season finished in a tie for 7th at 6-under par. Heading into the final round, Woodall was outside of the projected cut to advance, but after a bogey free 8-under 64 he solidified his spot at 2nd Stage. Daniel Obremski, Kevin Aylwin, Steve Lebrun, and Olin Browne all finished inside of the Top-10.
The Mobile, AL site was delayed due to weather from Hurricane Nate. Fresh off his win on the same course less than a week prior, Grant Leaver finished in a tie for 4th at 18-under par. Leaver has won 3 times this year, and will look to continue his stellar play into 2nd Stage. Also finishing in a tie for 4th was 9-time SwingThought TOUR winner Justin Lower, and SwingThought TOUR Member Ryan Sullivan. Andy Pope finished the Mobile, AL event at 20-under par, and had rounds of 70, 65, 67, and 66 to earn Medalist Honors. 3-time National Series winner Nick Rousey advanced after finishing in a tie for 18th, while former Winter Series winner Jack Newman finished in a tie for 22nd Stephen Gungluff, Hunter Hamrick also finished inside the Top-10. In all 23 of the 27 players to advance through the Mobile site were SwingThought TOUR alums.
The final 1st Stage site in Pine Mountain, GA was also delayed due to Hurricane Nate. Former SwingThought TOUR winners Blake Palmer, Joey Garber, Mark Silvers, Will McCurdy, Rick Cochran, Drew Czuchry, Anthony Maccaglia, Kevin Hall, and Chas Narramore all advanced to 2nd Stage. STTOUR Member Luke Hopkins also advanced through to 2nd Stage after his tie for 19th place. 19 of the 23 players to advance from Pine Mountain were SwingThought TOUR alums.
The SwingThought TOUR would like to congratulate every player who advanced through to 2nd Stage. Current SwingThought TOUR Members earn 440 STTOUR Points for 2018.
Follow along as we will be providing updates and highlight Alums who continue to move along during Q-School.
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Wholly owned and operated by Golf Interact, LLC. The SwingThought TOUR is the only Professional Tour in the country, to offer a series of events, besides the PGA and Web.com Tours, to include 72-hole (36-hole cut) tournaments, and a year long points race offering sponsorship opportunities for players. The SwingThought TOUR provides players the opportunity to experience all aspects of life as a true touring golf professional with a schedule built around geographical series and different varieties of championship golf courses to subject our players to any type of course they may face at golf’s highest levels. The SwingThought TOUR is operated by a knowledgeable staff who are PGA and USGA certified. As evidenced by the success of our alumni, The SwingThought TOUR is the most proven avenue to the PGA and Web.com Tours. SwingThought TOUR alumni have won an amazing 17 Major Championships. Most recently, 85 of the 155 players who competed in the 2016 Web.com Tour Q School Final Stage were past players on the SwingThought TOUR.