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Nick Delio resumes Q-School quest

Posted: November 19, 2013 9:06 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2013 9:06 p.m.

Nick Delio really doesn’t want to let this one get away.

After the second day of Qualifying School, the Saugus High graduate is three strokes behind the cutline at the second stage of Q-School, where he’s trying to qualify for the final stage for the third straight year.

He shot an even-par 72 for the second straight day on Wednesday at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, which puts him at tied for 38th with two rounds to play.

He needs to finish tied for 20th or better to move on to the final stage, which will be held in La Quinta from Dec. 12-17.

“I had a lot of opportunities,” Delio said. “I just didn’t take advantage of them.”

He made it to the second stage in each of the last two years, but failed to advance to the finals. The 24-year-old Cal State Northridge graduate says he feels like he’s very much in the mix.

“There’s still two more days left, so I could easily make the cutline if I keep hitting it like I have been,” Delio said.

Through 36 holes this week, Delio has balanced out six birdies with six bogeys. He had two of each in Wednesday’s round.

“I’m just going to simply have to make more putts,” he said. “Just keep on hitting it like I’m hitting it and just make some more putts and get them to drop.”

In all, Q-School is a two-month process separated into three stages. The first two stages are four rounds each and the final stage is six rounds.

A certain number of top finishers at the final stage automatically earn exemptions for the Tour in 2014. The tour serves as the most direct pipeline to golf’s top circuit, the PGA Tour.

“It’s a grind,” Delio said of Q-School. “But I wish it was more like a season long thing, like how well you play as a whole season as opposed to one week and then you take four weeks off.”

Delio is trying to make his way to the PGA Tour after winning The Dakotas Tour Player of the Year Player of the Year this season.

He made it through the first stage of Q-School last month when he finished t-18th at Dayton Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Nev.

He’s trying to become the second Santa Clarita Valley golfer this year to make it to the final stage.

Valencia graduate Max Homa qualified last week.


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