Four members of the South Carolina contingent at the PGA Tour Qualifying School’s final stage enter today’s final round with solid opportunities to earn exempt status for 2013.
The top 25 finishers and ties earn tour playing privileges for next year. Kevin Kisner, Phillip Mollica, Mark Anderson and Danny Ellis head into the final 18 holes at PGA West in the thick of the fight.
Aiken’s Kisner, who played at Georgia, posted his third straight sizzling round Sunday, shooting 5 under to climb to a tie for 17th place. He is at 16 under 344 after five rounds, one stroke above the cut line.
Mollica (Greenville/Clemson) stands on the cut line at 15 under after his 69 gave him 345. Another stroke back is Mark Anderson (Beaufort/USC), who used a 67 to move into a tie for 31st at 346. Danny Ellis (Heathrow, Fla./Clemson) fell to two off the cut line at 347.
Mark Silvers (Savannah/USC) posted a 70 that left him at 9-under 351 and six shots off the minus-15 cut line.
Other state players: Ben Martin (Greenville/Clemson) shares 98th place at 354; Brian Duncan (Mount Pleasant/Clemson) at 355; Stephen Poole (Aiken/Clemson) at 356; Vince Hatfield (Greenwood/Clemson) at 358; and Scott Brown (North Augusta/USC Aiken) at 367. D.J. Trahan (Mount Pleasant/Clemson) withdrew after the second round.
Kisner, who fell off the pace after a second-round 75, has fired 66-65-67 in his past three rounds. He started fast Sunday with four birdies in a five-hole stretch and finished with a flourish with birdies on his final two holes.
Anderson’s 67 included six birdies and one bogey.
Steven Bowditch, an Australian professional who has won twice on the Web.com Tour, shot 64 and leads the field at 23-under-par 337.