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Q-School Season: Four Advance to Final Stage

David Pastore

UPDATE (November 9, 2018) -- A quartet of Met Area names have punched their tickets to the final stage of Tour Qualifying School in hopes of capturing full status on the Tour for 2019.

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Two-time MGA Player of the Year Michael Miller of Brewster, N.Y., put together four outstanding rounds at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Fla., tying for medalist honors behind rounds of 66-66-68-68 and a 16-under total. Max Greyserman of Short Hills, N.J., also advanced from the site. Greyserman began with a 72 in round one, but fired back with scores of 68-67-65 over the final three days to climb the leaderboard and finish tied for eighth at 12-under.

Meanwhile, David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., another former MGA Player of the Year, recorded rounds of 68-70-69-71 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The scores led to a 10-under total and a tie for 12th as Pastore earned his return to the final stage.

Aadditionally, John VanDerLaan of Southbury, Conn., who competed in this year's Met Open, fired a four-round total of 14-under at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Fla. He finished tied for 14th to also make his way to the final stage. Tour finals take lace Dec. 6-9 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

UPDATE (November 1, 2018) -- Tour Qualifying School will resume for Met Area players on Nov. 6, as Second Stage concludes at four sites across the country. Those looking to earn their card include 2018 Met Open champion Andrew Svoboda, who also notched wins in the Long Island Open and New York State Open this year. Each competitor listed below competed in the Met Open.

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Brooksville, Fla. | Southern Hills Plantation Club
Corey Birch, Ridgefield, Conn.
CJ Swift, Naples, Fla.
John VanDerLaan, Southbury, Conn.
Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn.

McKinney, Texas | TPC Craig Ranch
David Pastore, Greenwich, Conn.

Plantation, Fla. | Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club
Mike Graboyes, Watchung, N.J.
Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla.
Michael Miller, Brewster, N.Y.
Andrew Svoboda, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (October 16, 2018) -- While the PGA TOUR schedule quickly wraps its way into the 2018-19 season, aspiring tour professionals–including many with Met Area ties–are looking to earn status for the upcoming Tour season. The first stage of qualifying concluded on October 12, with several well-known locals punching their ticket to second stage.

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David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., led those advancing from first stage, earning medalist honors at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., with a blistering 22-under-par total (67-66-68-65). Pastore, the 2014 MGA Player of the Year, had a pair of strong appearances in the Met Area this summer, claiming the top-professional prize in the Westchester Open Championship (won by amateur Cameron Young) at Sunningdale. He also finished solo fifth in the Met Open at Wykagyl.

New Canaan, Conn., native C.J. Swift also earned a high finish, shooting 13-under (69-69-66-71) and tying for fourth at The Preserve at Ironhorse in West Palm Beach, Fla. Swift's highlight from the summer was a runner-up finish in the Connecticut Open, while he also made the cut at the Met Open. Swift wasn't the only familiar name advancing from Ironhorse, as 2018 Ike champion Michael Graboyes of Watchung, N.J., recorded rounds of 69-68-71-71 to advance to second stage with a 9-under total. Graboyes turned professional later in the summer, cashing his first check at the Met Open.

Max Greyserman of Short Hills, N.J., tallied his own top-10 finish in Nevada, carding a 4-under total at Dayton Valley Golf Club. Greyserman began first stage with a 74, but closed with three strong rounds (71-69-70) to move up the leaderboard and tie for ninth following 72 holes.

Two-time MGA Player of the Year Mike Miller of Brewster, N.Y., who made his second appearance in the U.S. Open this summer, used rounds of 69-69-67-72 to narrowly advance from The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. Miller advanced on the number, a feat he also accomplished in September in the first stage of European Tour qualifying. At Frilford Heath Golf Club in Abingdon, United Kingdom, Miller posted rounds of 73-67-73-74 to secure one of the final advancing positions at 1-under. However, second stage for both European Tour and Tour conflicted, with Miller aiming to advance on the Tour.

Second stage takes place at six sites across the country, the first taking place Oct. 30-Nov. 2 and the remaining five taking place Nov. 6-9.