By Robert Gautney
It’s three tournaments down and one more to go for local pro Bhavik Patel.
Patel shot rounds of 69-67-68-66 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270 and finished second in the PGA Tour Second Stage Qualifying at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta this week. Patel’s final round 66 moved him to just one shot of the medalist, Si Kim of South Korea, who finished with a 71 and a 269 total.
For Patel, it now means that he moves on to the Final Stage Qualifying Nov.28-Dec.3 in La Quinta at PGA West on the Stadium and Nicklaus courses, and it seems as he is only getting more confident with each stage.
Patel finished 9th in the Pre-Qualifying and then equal third in the First Stage Qualifying and now has his sites on a PGA Tour playing card for 2013.
The top 25 and ties from the Final Stage earn a 2013 PGA Tour playing card and the next 50 and ties earn playing cards to the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour) while the remainder of the players at the Final Stage will earn limited playing conditions on the Web.com Tour.
Over the last three years, players earning their PGA Tour cards through qualifying have averaged at least 25 tournaments, which does not include the four majors, so a top 25 finish pretty much assures a full schedule of 75% PGA Tour events and participation on the Web.com Tour when not eligible to compete in a PGA Tour event.
Some of the noteable players that advanced to the Final Stage along with Patel included Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos who finished at 7-under, while Derek Ernst from Clovis finished equal 17th and right on the cut line at 5-under.
Players not making the cut to advance included Duffy Waldorf of Northridge at 4-under, Nick Delio of Valencia at even-par and former PGA Tour winners Bob May of Las Vegas and Jason Gore of Valancia who both finished at 7-over-par.
The Golf Channel will air a special on Dec.3 from 5-7 p.m. with a look back at the Q-School week. Let’s hope that special includes Patel!
Richardson makes cut at California Senior Amateur
Bakersfield golfer Kent Richardson shot rounds of 78-76-78 to finish tied for 28th in the 21st California Golf Association Senior Amateur at Del Rio CC in Modesto.
Bakersfield’s Jim Seymour missed the cut at, which was at 155, after he shot a second round 81 and finished at 157 for 36 holes.
Casey Boyns was the winner with a 3-over-par total of 219. Boyns, from Monterey, shot 75-73-71 and beat Jim Knoll of Sunnyvale and David Delich from Colorado Springs who finished at 4-over.
Second round leader Jeff Burda of Modesto shot a final round 77 and finished fourth at 5-over.
Killmer, Vallejo sixth at SCGA 4-Ball
Recently crowned Kern County Amateur champion Ron Killmer and Nick Vallejo finished equal sixth in the 22nd SCGA 4-Ball Championship at the Hacienda Country Club in La Habra Heights.
The duo shot rounds of 69 and 67 to finish at 6-under and in a tie with two other teams. Killmer and Vallejo just missed out on earning a plate for a top five finish by a single stroke as two teams tied for fourth at 135.
The winners were Mark Manwaring and Cass Traub of Long Beach who carded rounds of 68-63 for a 13-under 129 total. The runners-up were Tyler Crawford of Indio and Joe Saunders from La Quinta at 131.
Local amateur Scott LaBare and his partner Kevin Anderson from Los Angeles shot 75-74 and finished equal 43rd from the 52-team field.
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