Sharp Reaches Finals at Q-School
Former Hokie shooting for PGA card
November 29, 2001

Former Virginia Tech golfer Brian Sharp begins play on Dec. 28 in the PGA Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at the Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. The low 35 players and ties will earn playing privileges on the PGA Tour next season.

Sharp, a 1995 Tech graduate from Winston-Salem, N.C., advanced to the Final Stage on the strength of a seventh place finish at Stage 2 of qualifying at Orange County National in Orlando, Fla. Nov. 11-16. The low 19 players advanced from this site.

At Orange National, Sharp shot rounds of 70-70-72-71 for a five-under-par 283. In Stage 2, Sharp beat out former Virginia All-Americans Cameron Yancey and James Driscoll, the runner-up at the 2000 USGA Amateur Championship.

One hundred, sixty-seven players will vie for the available spots. Among the better-known players in the field are Gary Nicklaus, Tom Byrum, Brad Fabel, Robert Gamez, Paul Goydos, Blaine McCallister, and Ted Tryba.

Another former Hokie, Sean Farrell, fired a final round 68 and finished seventh in the Zimbabwe Open Sunday in Harare, Zimbabwe. Farrell shot 72-68-73-68 for a seven-under-par 281 and earned 23,350 (Rand) for his finish. His 68 on Sunday was the second low round of the day and he finished six shots behind the winner.