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Professional golf: One up, one down at Q-School

Gore will play in final; Delio looks for other opportunities

Posted: November 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Perseverance apparently pays off.

That’s a lesson Hart High graduate Jason Gore has learned and one that Saugus graduate Nick Delio is starting to figure out.

Both local products took part in the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School last week.

One player was competing as a veteran of the game looking to revive his career and an the other was taking his first shot at the sport’s highest level.

Gore, a 37-year-old who turned pro in 1997 and has been a PGA Tour veteran, finished second at the qualifier played at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, finishing with a four-day score of 9-under after the final round on Saturday.

The score earns him a spot in the final stage of Q-School, which begins Nov. 30 in La Quinta.

Delio, a 22-year-old who completed a four-year career at Cal State Northridge earlier this year, didn’t fare as well and failed to move beyond the second stage.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t move on to the third stage and I didn’t reach my goal,” Delio said. “Overall I prepared well, I just wasn’t able to move on.”

Delio had to travel to Plantation, Fla., where he finished tied for 44th place after posting a four-round score of 1-under.
Only the top 20 players from the field moved on.

Though he didn’t find the course particularly difficult, Delio said the competition was among the best he’s ever played against.

“They’re all in the same position I am,” he said. “They’re just one step away from being PGA pros.”

Last month, Delio passed the first stage by carding 7-under in the four-day tournament at Dayton Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Nev., and he had to pre-qualify prior to that.

“There are just a ton of great players and I was really happy I made it as far as I did,” Delio said. “Making it to the second stage is a really big accomplishment.”

The PGA uses Q-School annually to determine the latest crop of players who qualify for the PGA Tour and the next level down at the Nationwide Tour.

Gore automatically qualified for the second stage due to points he’s earned as a Nationwide player this year.

In 10 Nationwide events played this season, Gore has made five cuts and ranks 141st on the money list. He also made three cuts in six PGA events this year.

In his career, Gore has tallied eight total wins on Tour — one PGA and seven Nationwide.

As far as Delio in concerned, he wasn’t discouraged by the results last week, saying he plans on signing up for the Golden State Tour, the Gateway Tour and possible a few others on the East Coast.

With the hopes of sharpening his game, Delio said he’ll likely give Q-School another shot next year.

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