SC blanked on final day of PGA qualifying school

None with local ties earn full status

bspear@thestate.comDecember 4, 2012 

The final day of the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School turned into heartbreak for the South Carolina contingent on Monday.

With the top 25 finishers and ties earning exemptions on the 2013 tour at stake, three players with state ties — Kevin Kisner, Mark Anderson and Danny Ellis — missed by a whisker.

Aiken’s Kisner, who played college golf at Georgia, finished one stroke short of earning his 2013 card after an even-par 72 in the last round of the six-round test.

Anderson (Beaufort/USC) and Ellis (Heathrow, Fla./Clemson) fell two strokes short.

Phillip Mollica (Greenville/Clemson) went into the final 18 holes at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., on the cut line, but he struggled Monday, played the last six holes in 4 over and fell five strokes short after a 75.

Other state players:

Ben Martin (Greenville/Clemson) shot 67 to finish at 421;

Brian Duncan (Mount Pleasant/Clemson) shot a 67 to finish at 422;

Mark Silvers (Savannah/USC) shot 73 to finish at 424;

Stephen Poole (Aiken/Clemson) shot 71 to finish at 427

Vince Hatfield (Greenwood/Clemson) shot 70 to finish at 428

Scott Brown (North Augusta/USC Aiken) shot 70 to finish at 437;

D.J. Trahan (Mount Pleasant/Clemson) withdrew after the second round.

Dong-whan Lee, a South Korean professional who has played on the Japanese tour, led the field at 67—407, 24-under for six rounds over the two PGA West courses. Twenty-six players advanced to the 2013 PGA Tour with scores of 17-under or better.

Kisner entered the final round tied for 17th and fell back with an even-par round. He had three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine, then finished with nine straight pars.

Anderson began the final 18 one stroke off the cut line and played the front nine 1 over before mounting a furious charge. He posted four birdies from 11-17 to get to 17-under, but he made double-bogey at the last hole.

Ellis started with four birdies in the first eight holes to get to 17-under, but played the final 10 holes in 2-over.

Kisner, Brown, Anderson and Trahan all played on the PGA Tour in 2012. By virtue of their finish on the 2012 money list, Trahan (132) and Brown (148) will have conditional status on the 2013 tour that will provide the opportunity to play in at least 15 events.

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