Date: November 16, 2007

Mixed reports coming from Q-school

New Zealander Grant Waite is three strokes off the pace at the PGA Tour&aposs Q-school tournament at Lake Jovita as Australia&aposs Cameron Percy shares the lead at TPC Craig Ranch. As over 450 golfers attempt to advance from the Q-school tournaments to the Tour&aposs final qualifying stage in a fortnight&aposs time, there are over twenty Australasians in action across the six courses spread across the States. Although, final entrants into the Orange County national will not be finalised until all the Q-school tournaments have been completed, it is approximately the top 15 from each school which advance to the Orange County national in an attempt to enter the PGA Tour for next season. At present, New Zealander Waite, who finished at 221 on the overall PGA Tour money list this season, thereby leading to his relegation to the Q-school, has finished his second round at Lake Jovita at nine-under overall, just three strokes behind low-scoring American Mike Sposa who has carded 12-under over the first two days. Waite is closely followed at the same tournament by compatriot Brad Heaven, who is just one stroke further back, as Kiwi golfer Mike Hendry (four-over overall) and Australian Scott Hend (seven-over) find themselves facing difficulties. At the TPC Craig Ranch Q-school, Australian Cameron Percy is the best of the Australasians as part of a three-way lead on six-under overall despite producing an even-par round on the second day. Percy set up his score through a first round 65, but his failure to take advantage of this impressive first-up effort has allowed compatriot David Lutterus to take a share of the lead through two consecutive rounds of three-under 68. Aside from that pair, the next best Australian at Craig Ranch is Kane Webber on three-over, as compatriot Steven Bowditch (nine-over) and New Zealander Phil Tataurangi (seven over) appear to be struggling. At the Oak Valley Golf Club, Australian Greg Chalmers is two strokes off the leader at seven-under overall following rounds of 67 and 70. After Chalmers, the next best Aussie is Marc Leishman at three-under, but Andrew Tschudin (one-under), Kurt Barnes (one-under) Steve Jeffress (one-under), Aaron Townsend (four-over), David Diaz (four-over), Luke Hickmott (seven-over) and Aaron Pike (eight-over) all appear incapable of making the top 15 for this tournament. At the Woodlands, tournament, Australian Andrew Bonhomme also appears in trouble, six strokes off the pace at one-under, while compatriot Ben Ferguson is a further two strokes back. At the Hombre Golf Club, New Zealander Tim Wilkinson is 10 strokes off the pace at even-par, one-stroke ahead of compatriot Doug Holloway and two strokes ahead of Australian pair Paul Gow and Brad Hughes after American Richard Johnson blitzed the field to be 11-under following the first two rounds. For New Zealand&aposs Josh Carmichael (nine-over) and Australian Bronson La Cassie (11-over) the top 15 certainly appears difficult to achieve. Finally at the Royal Dunes Golf Club in Arizona, Michael Sim finds himself four-strokes off the pace after carding a one-under 71 on day two of the Q-school tournament to go with his first up effort of 67. However, Sim, who was on the PGA Tour this season, is being upstaged by Victorian Brad Lamb, who is just two strokes back after posting an eight-under overall score for the first two days.