DAYTON, Nev. - Former Cal State Northridge All-American Nick Delio posted a final round two under-par 70 on Friday to finish the First Stage of PGA Q-School in a tie for 18th-place which advanced him to the Second Qualifying Stage in mid-November.
Only the top-22 qualifying positions at Dayton Valley Golf Club advanced to the Second Qualifying Stage.
"I'm super excited to make this stage," said Delio. "I'm also thrilled that I'm only 10 really solid rounds away from being on the PGA Tour."
The former Matador, from Valencia, Calif., had his best round on Tuesday when he fired an opening-round five under-par 67. From there, he posted a second round 70 (-2) and a third round 74 (+2). After the first two rounds, Delio was easily inside of qualifying as he was among the top-10 players in the 76-player field. But the third round 74 dropped him into a tie for 24th and in danger of not advancing.
"I definitely felt a little extra pressure after yesterday's round," said Delio. "But I was still confident that I could play well and move on to the next stage."
Former Matador Erik Jarvey wasn't quite as fortunate. Also playing in the same field with Delio, Jarvey carded rounds of 79-77-79-76 to finish 75th at 311 (+23). Another former Northridge golfer Chris Satterlee will open the First Stage on Oct. 25 at San Juan Oaks G.C. in Hollister, Calif.
- GO MATADORS -