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Fargoans set for stage 2 of Q-school

A pair of Fargoans are hoping this week to move one step closer to earning a place on the PGA Tour. Fargo North High graduate Josh Persons and Fargo South graduate David Schultz will begin the 72-hole second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school We...

David Schultz(right)

A pair of Fargoans are hoping this week to move one step closer to earning a place on the PGA Tour.

Fargo North High graduate Josh Persons and Fargo South graduate David Schultz will begin the 72-hole second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school Wednesday, looking to become one of only a handful of golfers to advance to the final round.

"It's definitely a great test," said Schultz, who is making his third appearance at Q-school. "I'm looking forward to it."

Persons, who finished tied for eighth at the first-stage tournament in Dayton, Nev., will play at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. The co-winner of the first-stage event in Spring, Texas, Schultz will play this week at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

Persons said he was steady throughout the first stage, despite playing just once in the month leading up to the event.

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Competing at Q-school for the first time, Persons finished 10-under par in the first stage with rounds of 71, 68, 69 and 70.

"I didn't get myself in a lot of trouble," said Persons, who missed the cut at an event just a few days before his first stage began. "Things were king of going my way when I was out there. I kind of did what I was supposed to do."

Schultz was near flawless in his first-stage win, birdying 20 of 72 holes. He finished tied with Tyrone Van Aswegen for the top spot with a 12-under 272.

"It was a fun week," Schultz said. "I felt prepared going in, and I played really patiently. I didn't get ahead of myself."

The field gets much tougher for second-stage qualifiers due to the addition of several players who earned first-stage exemptions.

Exempt players include many former PGA Tour regulars and top players from professional tours across the world that have yet to earn their PGA cards for next year.

Only 40 players received PGA Tour cards after last year's final stage. Several other players earned full or conditional status on the Nationwide Tour.

"I'm going to try to use every bit of that win two weeks ago," Schultz said. "It was definitely a confidence builder. It's nice to see I can play at this level."

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"(Detroit Lakes, Minn., golfer) Kane (Hanson) said to me in practice (before the first stage) that if I play the way I'm capable of I can complete with any of these guys," Persons said. "I think that's the way you have to approach it."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler's small college blog can be found at www.areavoices.com Fargoans set for stage 2 of Q-school Heath Hotzler 20071113

David Schultz(right)

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