Patrick Lundy of Little River is ready for the Second Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, and he’s at a course that he likes.
Lundy advanced through the First Stage and is playing on the Bad and Ugly courses at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., Tuesday through Friday. Lundy is one of 78 competitors at the site attempting to advance to the Final Stage and earn status on the 2015 Web.com Tour, which features tournament purses of between $550,000 and $1 million. The Q-School final has a $510,000 purse.
“It’s the best I’ve ever felt,” said Lundy, who is in the Second Stage of what was PGA Tour Q-School until last year for the second time and is trying to reach the Final Stage for the first time. “I’m in a real good state mentally, physically and I’ve been working real hard.”
Lundy prepped for the week by playing in a SwingThought.com Tour Carolina Winter Series event last Tuesday and Wednesday, shooting rounds of 72 and 74 to finish 17th. He traveled to Florida on Friday and had three practice rounds planned.
Lundy said he played well in his only previous tournament at Hombre Golf Club, an NGA Tour (now SwingThought.com Tour) Q-School Prep Series event three years ago.
“I’ll be pretty familiar with it and I like the layout,” Lundy said. “It’s one of the tightest golf courses I’ve ever seen. It’s like hitting down a hallway and the wind usually blows in Panama City. I picked there because if you handle your nerves pretty well you’ve already beaten half the field.”
He believes his typically accurate driving will be an asset, and he’s also fond of the courses’ Bermudagrass greens that are similar to those on the Strand.
Coastal Carolina alumnus Charlie Winegardner of Lothian, Md., is in the second stage this week at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Fla.
Web.com Q-School received 1,170 applications, and the Second Stage has six sites and 469 contestants. More than 300 of those are current (46) or former members of the Strand-based Swingthought.com Tour – formerly NGA Hooters Tour –according to tour officials.