Kelly shoots 65 in Monday qualifier, plays in Georgia Nationwide event this weekApril 25th, 2011 by cstark
They say surviving a Monday qualifying round to get into a PGA or Nationwide Tour event is one of the toughest things in golf. Troy Kelly fired a 7-under 65 during Monday’s qualifying round for the Nationwide Tour’s South Georgia Classic. It’s the second straight Nationwide event the Central Kitsap grad has Monday qualified for. He also qualified for the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open earlier this year.
This is the fifth Nationwide event of the season. Kelly doesn’t currently have any guaranteed status this year after leaving the 2010 tour early in order to have hip replacement surgery. If he can finish in the top 25, he’ll be exempt for the next tournament.
Two weeks ago in California, Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was in the Nationwide field. This week, former Atlanta Braves ace John Smoltz has an exemption. Rice was DQ-d from a Nationwide event in 2010 when his caddie used a range-finding scope to check yardages. The disqualification in Mill Spring, N.C. came a day after Rice shot a 92, the highest round ever since the BMW Charity Pro-Am began in 1992.
Kelly, now living in LaQuinta, Calif., earned his 2009 PGA Tour card at Q-school, but didn’t play well enough to keep it the following year. The PGA Tour has proposed a change that would basically eliminate Q-School as we know it the future. The Nationwide Tour would become the primary feeder of players to the big circuit. The Players’ Advisory reviewed the proposal last week at Hilton Head, S.C.