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Miller, Pastore, Turnesa competing in Q-School Finals

UPDATE (December 11, 2015) - David Pastore turned in the only sub-par second round from the Met Area's three competitors at the Final Stage of Tour Qualifying School, as the Greenwich, Conn., native made a move up the leaderboard.

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Pastore began his round with a birdie on the par-5 first hole, facing the Fazio Course at PGA National. He fell back to even-par for the day with a bogey on the par-4 sixth, but quickly responded with a birdie on the next, a par-3. He added two more birdies on his inward nine, gaining strokes on the par-4 14th and par-5 18th for the 3-under-par 69. Now at 4-under overall, Pastore jumped 30 spots on the leaderboard halfway through the 72-hole event.

Michael Miller also took on the Fazio Course, but carded a 3-over-par 75, falling back to 1-over for the event. He made the turn in 2-over par and looked to bounce back on the inward nine following a birdie on the par-4 11th. However, three bogies and a birdie in a four-hole span led to his 75. Miller enters the final 36 holes tied for 66th, still well within strikin distance to earn exemptions which go to the top-45 finishers.

Marc Turnesa also registered a 3-over score, doing so on the Champions Course. A double bogey on the par-4 16th, part of the "Bear Trap," made Turnesa turn to the front-side in 2-over, before he added one more bogey on his final nine. At 1-over for the event, Turnesa is tied for 100th.


UPDATE (December 10, 2015) Michael Miller and David Pastore are off to good starts through one round of play at the Final Stage of Tour Qualifying School. Both Met Area players carded sub-par rounds as the chase for Tour exemptions began.

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Miller birdied three of his first seven holes in the opening round, which he began on the 10th hole of the Champions Course. His lone bogey came at the par-4 16th, part of the infamous "Bear Trap" on the Nicklaus layout which has hosted the PGA TOUR's Honda Classic since 2007. But, Miller added birdies on holes five and eight to close the day 4-under-par and tied for 15th.

Pastore, also starting his round on the 10th hole of the Champions Course, stood 2-over through his first 11 holes, but found a groove in his closing holes. He birdied the third, seventh and eighth holes to quickly flip momentum and turn in 1-under score for the day. He stands tied for 56th.

Turnesa began the event on the Fazio course, shooting a 2-under-par 70. He carded five birdies on the day, including three in a span of five holes to begin the back nine, but also tossed in three bogies.

Those finishing inside the top 45 will earn exemptions on the Tour for 2016, while the entire field has already earned conditional status for next season.


ELMSFORD, N.Y. (December 9, 2015) – The Final Stage of Tour Qualifying School takes place December 10-13 on the Champion and Fazio courses at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and past MGA Player of the Year winners Michael Miller and David Pastore have their sights set on top finishes to earn exemptions for the tour’s 2016 season.

Related: Tournament Information | Q&A with Miller and Pastore

The Q-School process began with pre-qualifying in September, but both Miller and Pastore were exempt to October’s First Stage, thanks to their finishes this summer on the Mackenzie Tour’s (PGA TOUR Canada) Order of Merit.

Miller’s road to the finals began at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C., and was part of a busy stretch of play as he also competed in Qualifying School for the European Tour. The Brewster, N.Y., native closed first stage play with a 68, which helped him finish tied for 12th at 5-under and earned him an advancing position. In second stage, Miller was steady from the start, as he recorded rounds of 68-70-66-70 en route to a 10-under total to tie for fourth at Plantation Preserve in Plantation, Fla.

Meanwhile, Pastore took the same path that led him to the finals a year ago. The familiarity paid off, with the Greenwich, Conn., native registering six sub-70 scores in his eight rounds of play. Pastore cruised through first stage at ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Neb., firing rounds of 68-67-69-69 to finish 15-under and tied for third. The stellar play continued at The Clubs of Kingwood-Deerwood in Kingwood, Texas, where he shot 68-72-69-71 for an 8-under total. He was once again well inside the qualifying number, tying for fourth.

Marc Turnesa of Rockville Centre, N.Y., is also looking to solidify his spot back on the Tour. In 2015, Turnesa competed in 19 events, finishing 83rd on the money list.

The event, now formatted as a typical Tour event and played over four rounds compared to its former six rounds, will determine exemptions for the 2016 Tour season, with the medalist earning a full exemption. Those finishing inside the top 45 will also earn exemptions, while the entire field has already earned conditional status for next season.

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