Aptos’ Lawless advances to second stage of PGA Tour Q-School

Aptos’ Marc Lawless earned medalist honors in the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School at Dayton Valley Golf and Country Club in Nevada — one of 12 first-stage tournaments being held nationwide.
Lawless shot an 4-under-68 in the final round and finished with a 22-under-266 total, five strokes lower than runner-up James Drew of North Las Vegas. The Daytona Valley field was made up of 77 players. Lawless finished the tournament with an eagle, 24 birdies and four bogeys.
The top 23 players and ties advance to the second stage, which will be held at six sites nationwide beginning Nov. 12. The lone California golf course to host a second stage event this year is Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, beginning Nov. 19.
If Lawless can make the cut in the second stage, he’ll complete in a six-round final stage, which will be held at PGA West in La Quinta from Dec. 3-8.
Beginning Wednesday, three other locals begin their quest to reach the PGA Tour. Corralitos’ Nick Manfre, Soquel’s Nathan Smith and Santa Cruz’s Isaac Weintraub will compete in the first stage tournament at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister.

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