Former Ball State men’s golfer Brian Maurer has earned status on the Web.com Tour for next year. Now it’s just a matter of determining how much.
That will happen next month at the final stage of Q School.
Maurer advanced through the second stage of qualifying Friday in Gautier, Miss. He tied for 11th place at 8-under par through four rounds and was one of 20 golfers to advance from the field of 76 at Shell Landing Golf Club.
Five players finished one stroke behind Maurer at 7-under par and were the last to make it through.
“When I putted out on the last hole, there was still a sliver of doubt in my mind,” Maurer said. “But when I walked to the scoring tent, I saw the scores and knew I made it. I was able to take a deep breath.”
The Mississippi location was one of four sites to host qualifiers in the second stage. Golfers who advanced from each of those sites, in addition to players who have qualified based on their status on other tours, will compete in the final stage of Q School.
That stage will be contested over six rounds Dec. 12-17 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The top 45 finishers will earn full status on next year’s Web.com Tour. Players outside the top 45 will still gain entrance into a certain number of events based on their finish.
“Q School is such a grind, more so mentally than physically,” Maurer said. “It's a matter of staying focused and patient, and I was able to do that. I didn't play that well today, but I handled it and was able to get through some nerves and stress.”
A product of Richmond, Ind., Maurer has played professionally since completing his Ball State career in 2009. He was an All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection and the Cardinals' Most Valuable Player as a senior.
Maurer, who played in the 2011 John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, also reached the second stage of Q School a year ago before breaking through this year to make it to the finals.
“I'm very excited," Maurer said. “I'll celebrate for the next day or two, but I know I have a lot of work still ahead of me. California will be an even tougher task.”