Divots -- Bricker in first stage of Q-School

October 10, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Chad Bricker won his final event as an amateur golfer, the 2009 WACO Championship, then immediately entered the professional ranks.

The former Waynesboro Area Senior High School and Penn State University graduate is quickly moving toward his goal of reaching the PGA Tour.

Players arrive on the tour from many different avenues including the one Bricker is attempting -- the grueling PGA Q-School, where hopefuls must make it through the prequalifying stage in order to simply get to the first of three stages.

Bricker successfully made it through the prequalifier at the Golf Club of Dallas when he finished in a tie for 37th place with a 7-over-par 287 in the four-day test.


"It's tough competition and I'm out here by myself now," said Bricker. "I still go out expecting to win each tournament, even though it's a qualifying format."

Bricker's next tour of duty is the first Q-School stage Oct. 20-23 at Cypresswood Golf Club in Houston. It's another four-day test and a successful tournament will lead to the second stage. Ultimately Bricker wants to reach the final stage Dec. 2-7.

As a tuneup, he will participate in the eGolf Tour Championship Tuesday through Thursday in North Carolina.

Also participating in the event will be four-time West Virginia Open champion David Bradshaw, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Bradshaw recently returned to the area and set up shop as an instructor at Locust Hills Golf Club in Charles Town.

Final Maryland events

The final two events on the Maryland State Golf Association calendar are coming up, beginning with the Senior Men's Open slated for Monday and Tuesday at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, Md.

Dick Roulette, out of Fountain Head Country Club, along with Beaver Creek members Tim Steiner, Denny Stoner, Peter Wesp and Ira Pearlman will be in the field for the 36-hole tournament.

The MSGA Women's Open will be held Oct. 19 and 20 at Bethesda Country Club.

Smithsburg's Ashley Grier won the championship in 2006 and will be in the field again this year.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7376 or by e-mail at

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