Ian Davis of Edmond tied for third in the Web.com Tour second-stage qualifier at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas Friday and will advance to the final stage Dec. 10-13 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Davis made three birdies and an eagle on his way to a 4-under 68 Friday and finished at 14-under par.
"The eagle was certainly a huge highlight for me today," he said. "I made several birdies and was able to lock it up on the back nine."
Midwest City’s Talor Gooch, former teammate of Davis at Oklahoma State, was outside the cut line when the final round started. He made it with no room to spare, finishing at 7-under par and then waiting for nearly three hours before finding out he had earned advancement
"I stood right in this hallway last year and found out I missed advancing by a single stoke so I’m not staying around this time," Gooch said. "I’m going to eat."
Gooch credited a healthy back which had bothered him this summer plus the experience he gained on the PGA Canadian Tour.
"We played 12 times in 15 weeks and it was just like being on the PGA Tour. It was great experience and that’s what you need to be successful out here."
A pair of former Oklahoma Sooners also advanced to the finals on the number. Michael Gellerman and Hunter Haas both shot 7 under to make it by a shot. Not so fortunate were a pair of former University of Tulsa golfers, Matt Mabrey and Stephen Carney, who both shot 6-under to miss moving on by a shot.
Also missing out were Oklahoma City native Blake Trimble at 2 under and Jason Meece of Newcastle at 13 over.
In a second qualifier in Kingwood, Texas, former TU golfer Chris Worrell tied for 10th to earn a spot in the finals. Worrell finished at 6 under.
Former OU golfer Charlie Saxon (3 over), OU’s Michael Schoolcraft (5 over) and former Oklahoma City University golfer James Marchesani (8 over) did not advance.
Complete scores can be found here.
With the new PGA qualifying system, players making it to finals next month in Florida will have a chance to gain exempt status on the Web.com for 2016, but will have no status on the PGA Tour.