PGA Tour not to be for area six

Posted November 19, 2012 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Former University of Minnesota standout, Justin Smith

Six players with area ties fell short in the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School last week.

Brendon Todd, Atlanta, who played Rolling Hills during as a junior, withdrew. He was medalist in the 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School and played the tour this season. He was a college standout at University of Georgia the previous decade.

At Southern Hills Plantation, Brookville, Florida, nineteen spots available.

Sam Saunders, Orlando (Arnold Palmer's grandson) finished T42 with scores of 69-72-71-73--285.

Jon Mills, Indiana, finished T51 with scores of 77-70-72-69--288 and played the Tour this season. He has secured his PGA Tour card twice and has played the Tour or Nationwide Tour for five seasons. He was a college standout at Kent State, a teammate of Ben Curtis.

Bobby MacWhinnie, formerly from St;. Clair finished T55 with scores of 70-70-76-73--289. Twice the WPGA Junior champion, he played college golf at Maryland.

At Hombre GC, Panama City, Florida, nineteen spots available.

Steve Wheatcroft, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, formerly from Canonsburg missed by three stroes, finishing T23 with scores of 72-73-71-66--282. He played the PGA Tour for the second time this season winning just under $200,000. His PGA Tour card for 2012 was earned by a top money list finish on the then Nationwide Tour the previous season. The 2004 West Penn Open champion played college golf at Indiana University in the Big Ten.

Justin Smith, St. Paul, MN, formerly from Franklin and Pittsburgh finished T29 with scores of 71-73-70-69--283. Smith has played periodically on the Tour and various mini-tours. He was a key part of the University of Minnesota/'s NCAA Division I championship team a decade ago.

Status on the 2013 Tour is uncertain for Wheatcroft and Mills.