Ben Martin, the runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, carded a 4-under 67 on the Panther Lake course at Orange County National on Friday to move to 13-under 201 through three rounds of the PGA Tour Q-School finals. He enters Saturday’s fourth of six rounds with a three-shot lead over fellow Clemson University golf standout and teammate Kyle Stanley (who had a 69 at Panther Lake).
Zack Miller, James Driscoll and Cameron Tringale are four shots back at 9 under. Miller carded a 67 at Panther Lake, while Driscoll and Tringale had 69s there.
2010 PGA TOUR Q-SCHOOL FINALS
The top 25 finishers and ties after Monday's sixth round will earn full playing privileges on the 2011 PGA Tour.
Second-round leader Chris Baryla carded a 2-over 73 at Panther Lake to fall to 8-under and a tie for sixth. Brett Waldman, the caddie for PGA Tour star Camilo Villegas, carded a 71 at Panther Lake and is tied for 37th.
The top 25 after Monday’s sixth round earn PGA Tour cards for 2011. The next 50 are exempt on the Nationwide Tour.
The best rounds of the day were a 65 on the Crooked Cat course, and 66s from Joe Affrunti, Billy Horschel, Nate Smith, Luke Hickmott, Paul Stankowski and Bio Kim.
Jonathan Kaye was disqualified on Friday, while John Riegger, Darron Stiles, Joe Ogilvie, George McNeill and Pablo Martin all withdrew.
Martin completed his degree at Clemson in December of 2009 but did post-graduate work in order to compete for the Tigers last spring. He is a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference selection.
Martin and Stanley are joined in the field by four additional former Tigers: Charles Warren (tied for 10th), Tommy Biershenk (tied for 42nd), Brent Delahoussaye (tied for 104th) and Eliot Gealy (tied for 118th).
Four players have posted all three rounds in the 60s this week: Martin (66-68-67), Driscoll (68-68-69), Tringale (69-67-69) and veteran Billy Mayfair (69-69-68).