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Golf: No luck for Delio, Gore

Pair of local products fall short of final stage of Q School

Posted: November 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Two Santa Clarita Valley golfers fell short of making the final qualifying stage for the PGA Tour this past weekend.

Jason Gore and Nick Delio both participated in the second stage of Q School at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta.

Had they finished in the top 19, they would have advanced to PGA West — TPC Stadium & Nicklaus Tournament Course in LaQuinta.

The top 25 finishers at that event are eligible for PGA Tour membership.

Delio, a 2007 Saugus graduate, tied for 37th with an even-par (288) 72-hole finish.

“I felt like I was prepared and ready to do it. Just those four days I performed well, but just not quite good enough,” Delio said.

Both golfers would have had to finish at 5-under to qualify for the final stage.

Delio, 23, came into Saturday’s round at 3-under.

He found trouble between holes 6 and 10, where he went bogey, triple bogey, bogey, par and bogey.

On the par-3 No. 6, he missed a tap-in putt and said he had trouble recovering from the gimme shot.

Delio played on the National Pro Tour — a “mini-tour” below the level of the PGA Tour and Tour — in 2012 and finished 11th on the money list.

“I definitely am a little disappointed I didn’t reach my goal,” said Delio, who also went as far as the second stage in 2011. “I think it’s just a bump in the road. One more year of valuable experience will help me out a lot.”

Gore, a Hart High graduate, tied for 58th at 7-over 295 in the event that began last Wednesday and ended Saturday.

Former Santa Clarita Valley resident Duffy Waldorf just missed his shot at advancing as he shot 4-under.

Gore’s struggles were on round three, where he finished with a 6-over 78 on Friday.

Both Gore, 38, and Waldorf, 50, have been on the PGA Tour in the past.

Gore played in eight PGA Tour events in 2012. Waldorf played in 11.



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