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Balin Among Former MGA Champs at Second Stage of Q-School

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (November 8, 2012) - Danny Balin of Rockville, Md., will ride a wave of momentum into the second stage of PGA Tour's Q-school this week. The Burning Tree assistant professional is having a career year, highlighted by his come from behind Met Open win at Plainfield Country Club and his impressive victory at the New York State Open at Bethpage Black (he shot 66 in the final round of both championships). He also collected several wins at Met PGA events and was named their Player of the Year for a second consecutive season.

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The 30-year-old earned an exemption into the second stage and will compete at Red Stone Golf Club (Member Course) in Humble, Texas beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13. Tour pro and 2006 Carter Cup champion Chris DeForest of Purcellville, Va., who's fresh off his medalist performance at the first stage qualifier in Pensacola, Fla., will be competing at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Fla., also beginning on Nov. 13. Joining DeForest in Plantation are 2008 Ike champion Kevin Foley of Somerville, N.J., and 2004 MGA/MetLife Boys champion Sunny Kim of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Foley earned $119,202 (No. 52 on the money list) in 16 events on the Tour in 2012 and was exempt into the second stage. Kim advanced by finishing T10 at the Port St. Lucie first-stage qualifier.

All four players will look to join two other former MGA champions, Morgan Hoffmann and Andrew Svoboda, who both finished in the top 25 on the Tour, on the PGA Tour in 2013.



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