Tag Archives: Stadium Course

Nov
28
2012

Charlie Beljan's Cinderella story started when he earned his card at Q-school finals in 2011

As longtime WUP readers know, Q-school is my favorite tournament to cover all season. (Heck, I even went to second stage this year!–talk about the nerve-wracking atmosphere I’ve ever experienced.) Rather than going to Tiger Woods’ member-guest 22-man invite-only World Challenge in the L.A. area, I drove about three hours east to the desert, more specifically PGA West in La Quinta, for what I consider the most intriguing event of the year. Especially since 2012 is the LAST Q-SCHOOL EVER (as we know it — there will no longer be a direct pathway to the PGA Tour).

Let’s take a moment of silence to celebrate and remember 45 years of the only professional sporting event where you can start at Q-school pre-qualifying with no status and then play up to four different stages (full tournaments with strong fields) in the grueling process, which ends with the six-round finals, to earn full status on the PGA Tour for the following season. Ain’t that great?

Everybody loves a “Rudy” and Cinderella story.

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Dec
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Two-time Walker Cup member hopes to join his pals on the PGA Tour in 2012

Brian Harman, a member of the 2005 and 2009 Walker Cups and the winner of the 2003 U.S. Junior Championship, had a rollercoaster of a round. Just check out his scorecard (he started on No. 10).

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Dec
2
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Not the leader (Claxton has eluded pics on internet), but close enough -- Harris English is T2

Will Claxton, who fired 64 to share the first round lead with Daniel Summerhays, rolled in a seven-footer to save par on his final hole on Thursday, the 9th at PGA West’s Stadium course, and to maintain the outright lead at ten-under.

As he was waiting for his turn to putt, his swing coach Scott Hamilton, who has six students at PGA Tour Q-school finals, including Steven Bowditch (T15), Boo Weekley, Reid Edstrom, among others, mentioned Claxton didn’t have even an inkling he was leading through two rounds. Which is understandable considering there aren’t scoreboards on the golf course (there’s just one leaderboard — which is old school, handwritten — near the clubhouse), but Claxton wasn’t checking scores online, either.

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Dec
1
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Jones on cruise control so far

With the wind blowing steadily at 20-30mph and gusts up to 40mph at PGA West, Matt Jones fired a solid four-under 68 at the Stadium course (the “harder” of the two venues) in the second round of Q-school on Thursday. While there’s still a long way to go, he’s tied for second with a 36-hole total of nine-under — not a bad start.

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Nov
30
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

I took the photo above on Tuesday evening from the first tee of PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament course. Then I added the captions with an app on my phone (I don’t have Photoshop skills, unfortunately, so I consider this my finest work to date) and voila! The setup at the first tee of the Stadium course is similar, along with the tenth tees at both. They think of everything, don’t they!

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Nov
30
2011

Adam Hadwin, the Great Canadian Hope...(the highest-ranked Canadian since Mike Weir can no longer break 80)

Adam Hadwin estimates he’s played roughly 80 holes in practice rounds since arriving in the desert last Wednesday, a week before the first of six grueling rounds at the final stage of Q-school, to fine tune his preparation for the test that — if he passes — leads to attaining his lifelong dream: a PGA Tour card.

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