The first wave of PGA Tour qualifying school commenced this week. Six total venues played host to aspiring PGA Tour golfers throughout the world. There are a total of 8 more First Stage sites to be played later in the month of October, but a lot of golf was played this week.

South Dakota and South Dakota’s neighboring states (i.e. Minnesota) had mucho talento in competition.

Kannapolis, KS

Bobby West:¬†The Watertown, SD native competed at the Kansas Q School event.¬†After 3 rounds, West didn’t finish his First Stage. He shot rounds of 75, 75, 74.

Travis Ross: Ross played 4 solid rounds of 72, 68, 71 and 72, but failed to make the cut. The Crookston, MN native missed the cut by a total of 4 strokes.

Dayton, NV

Clayton Rask: Hailing from Otsego, MN and a former Gopher college golfer, Rask made Minnesota proud. He finished second in his Nevada qualifier. He fired rounds of 71, 71, 67, 68, giving him a total of -11. It was good for second place in his qualifier, and he will move on to the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school.

Tom Carlson: Sioux Falls’ Carlson finished with a total of +6 for 4 rounds. Rounds of 77, 74 in his first two days left him outside the cut line. By the time his 69 came in the second round, he was looking in on the cut line from the outside. He finished with a round of 74.

Ben Freeman: Freeman recorded a win this summer on the Dakota’s Tour in Rapid City, and competed in Nevada at Q School. He fired rounds of 71, 76, 68 and 74 for +1. He missed the cut by 6 strokes.

Wil Collins: The Rapid City native and longtime mini-Tour player fired steady rounds of 71, 71, 69, 70 to finish t-12th and to advance to the second stage.

Palm Desert, CA

Dave Schultz: Schultz started strong and finished strong. A 69 to open and a 69 to end were great scores, but coupled with 73 and 76 in the middle knocked the Fargo native off the cut line.

Donald Constable: The former Gopher played exceptional golf this weekend, following the tune set by Rask in Nevada. Rounds of 70, 67, 68 and 70 put Constable in 2nd place at -13. He missed winning the qualifier by 4 strokes, but it was a tremendous week of golf.

Andre Metzger: Metzger, a multiple winner on the Dakota’s Tour this past summer, had a difficult final round of 75 which knocked him just outside of the necessary cut line. Rounds of 73, 69 and 68 got him off to a great start, but he only missed the cut by two strokes after his final round.

More Q School continues later this month…….

Troy Klongerbo