Williamson fires 67 in PGA Tour's Q-school
By Michael Wetzel
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Decatur's Tyler Williamson kept the ball in play and hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation Wednesday to shoot a 4-under 67 in the first round of the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school tournament in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Williamson, a regular on the Nationwide Tour in recent years, says he will have to keep his game in the fairway to make it to the Q-school finals in two weeks.
"I hit some good iron shots today," said Williamson, 35.
"I kept it in play and pretty much stayed out of trouble."
Williamson, who plays out of the Burningtree Country Club, added he left some shots on the course, but is happy with his 67.
Playing in the first threesome off on No. 1 Wednesday morning, Williamson opened with birdies on three of the first five holes.
His 67 included seven birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey 5 on the Hombre Golf Club's 157-yard 13th hole.
"I hit a poor tee shot and then hit a bad second," he said about his double. "It was an awkward green, and I didn't give myself a chance to score."
For his second round, Williamson tees off on No. 10 at 8:37 a.m. Thursday with playing partners Bradley Hughes and Nolan Henke.
On the Nationwide Tour, Williamson has career winnings of $354,611.
He won the 2002 Wichita Open.
Williamson is tied for sixth in the 80-player, 72-hole tournament.
Tied for 35th is Huntsville's Spike McRoy. McRoy shot a first-round even-par 71 on Hombre.
In the 79-player field in Kingwood, Texas, Andrew Medley of Athens shot a 1-over 73 and is in 35th position after Day 1 of stage-two competition.
Medley had three birdies and four bogeys on the Woodlands Golf Club, former home to the PGA's Houston Shell Open.
"Sure, I would have liked to have shot a little better," Medley said Wednesday night. "But I'm right there in good shape for the next three days. I left a couple of shots out there around the greens. I didn't chip the ball like I usually do. Chipping is usually one of the stronger parts of my game."
Medley said he doesn't plan to change anything for the rest of the week.
Medley added: “I’ve got to sink a couple more putts and give myself a chance around the greens. The course is too demanding to be thinking about a number to shoot. I just plan to go out there and play the course.”
Playing with Mark Walker and Brett Callas, Medley begins his second round at 8:20 a.m. Thursday on No. 10.
About the top 25 percent of the golfers in the six stage-two tournaments advance to the national finals at the Orange County Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla., on Nov. 28-Dec. 3.
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