Q-school success for UNLV's Han (again)
If you're a recent college player trying to learn the secret of how to advance to the final stage of PGA Tour qualifying school--or even a journeyman pro for that matter--you could do worse than get five minutes of __Seung-Su Han'__s time. The 22-year-old UNLV senior shot a seven-under 281 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Fla., at the second stage of Q school to finish T-15. For the second straight year, the South Korean native will be trying to earn one of the couple dozen PGA Tour cards awards at the end of the six-round marathon at PGA West in Palm Springs, Calif., Dec. 3-8.
Han now is not only the first amateur to play in Q school finals but the second amateur as well (or the first amateur to do it twice, depending on what record you're trying to set).
Last year Han finished T-149 at the final stage, but declined the conditional Nationwide Tour card. Given he is now in his senior year of school—and the fact that he was all set to turn pro at the end of the summer until an 11th hour change of heart—it's likely Han will take whatever card he earns, turn pro and leave the Rebels, ranked 20th in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf coaches' poll a semester early.
Meanwhile, here is a list of all the players who finished up their eligibility in college last spring who advanced through second stage this past week (two more second stage sites hold 72-hole tournaments this coming week):
Hombre GC, Panama City, Fla.
Jonas Blixt, Florida State
Joseph Sykora, Alabama
__ Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.__
Derek Fathauer, Louisville
Troy Merritt, Boise State
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest
One other note: do you think Lucas Lee wishes he had a mulligan now. The former UCLA All-American who turned pro earlier in the fall finished T-58 at his second stage qualifying site in Panama City, Fla., missing out on advancing to the final stage by 13 strokes.