Galivants Ferry native Michael Maness was one of four players to qualify for the PGA Tour’s $6.1 million Greenbrier Classic through an 83-player Monday qualifier on the 7,037-yard Cobb Course at The Resort at Glad Springs in Daniels, W.Va.
He was one of six players to shoot a 6-under-par 66 and qualified along with past PGA Tour winner Garrett Willis, Jon Mills and Chris Wilson. Maness finished his round with birdies on the 15th, 17th and 18th holes and a bogey on the 16th, then made three pars in the playoff, in which Ryan Blaum and Christopher Ross were eliminated.
Maness is making his first PGA Tour start. The last time he was inside the ropes on a PGA Tour course he was in his third year of caddying for Bill Haas last year. The 31-year-old resident of Greenville returned to playing competitive golf full-time this year.
Maness has three career starts on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour, most recently tying for 16th at the 2007 National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic.
Maness is paired with former University of South Carolina teammate Kyle Thompson and Steve Wheatcroft for the first two rounds. They go off the 10th tee of The Old White TPC in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va., at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, and the first tee in the penultimate group at 2 p.m. Friday.
Maness shot a 69 in a pre-qualifier last Thursday on the Cobb Course to tie for fourth and be one of 52 players in a 91-player field to advance to Monday’s qualifier. He was the only qualifier of the four who had to take part in the pre-qualifier.
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