The first stage of the 2022 PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament took place this week at three locations across the United States.
Players who advance from Stage 1 will compete in the Final Stage of the PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament, scheduled for December 6-9 at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
The top five Q-School Finalists will be fully exempt from all open field events at the 2023 PGA TOUR Champions Championship.
6 to 30 finalists must be eligible to apply for PGA TOUR Champions 2023 Partner membership, which will give them the opportunity to enter the weekly qualifiers for the 2023 PGA TOUR Champions event.
Here’s a look at who made it through Stage 1 of this week’s PGA TOUR Champions Q-School. (Note: The Florida and Mississippi sites are contested from Tuesday through Friday, with the Nevada site contested from Wednesday through Saturday).
Buckhorn Springs Valrico, Florida
Seventy-three players competed for 16 places. Chris Blanks took home the Medals of Honor at 12-under, earning a final round card of 67 to move the board up from sixth. Blanks, 50, won the Korn Ferry Open 2014 Chitimacha Louisiana Open after entering the final round tied for 38th, making the final round 62nd and then surviving a playoff against Brett Stigmaier. The Georgian native also won the 2008 Korn Ferry Tour’s Bank of America Open, and finished as runner-up at the PGA Tour’s 2010 Puerto Rico Open and 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
Notables to apply: Craig Bowden finished a solo runner-up at 9-under. The three-year Korn Ferry Tour winner also spent several years as an equipment representative on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour… Cliff Kresge finished T3 at 9 under. The three-time Korn Ferry Tour winner famously took to the water at the final stage of the PGA TOUR Q-School in 2000, on his way to earning a TOUR card… Tim O’Neill finished T12 at 1-under. The APGA veteran and three-time PGA TOUR Latinoamerica winner finished T19 at the PURE Insurance Championship in Pebble Beach this fall.
Notables you miss: Jay Boros finished the T17 in 2nd place. Son of Hall of Famer Julius Boros won the 1996 Air Canada Championship and three Korn Ferry Tour titles… John Smoltz missed 54 holes at 12 over. The eight-time baseball player won the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Grand Bear JC; Soosir, Mississippi
59 players competed for 13 places. Three players shared the first-place medal honors: Michael Brown, Tim Pogey, and Gebbie Gilbert III. Pugh, a San Francisco Bay Area longshoreman, famously slept in a rented truck on his way to Monday’s qualifying for this year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Open in upstate New York. The son of three-time PGA TOUR winner Gibby Gilbert II, Gilbert has made 40 career starts as PGA TOUR Champions, highlighted by a T12 at the 2019 SAS Championship.
Notables to apply: Fran Quinn finished T4 at 1 point. Four-time Korn Ferry Tour winner also qualifies for the 2022 US Open in his hometown of Massachusetts… Jody Bellflower finished T4 in first place. The former Korn Ferry Tour pro spent time as a salesman in the recovery industry; Five years ago, he saved a man’s life while hunting in Georgia.
Notables you miss: Brad Adamonis finished T17 in seventh. The Rhode Island native is a Korn Ferry Tour winner and finished runner-up in the 2008 John Deere Classic… Joe Summerhayes finished T28 at 13 years old. Utah’s 2020 PGA Division MVP is the cousin of Korn Ferry Tour pro Daniel Summerhays.
Casablanca. Mesquite, Nevada
75 players compete for 17 places. The site will close on Saturday 19 November.