Geary off to steady start in PGA q-school

Last updated 12:57 14/11/2012

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New Zealand golfer Josh Geary has made a steady start to the second stage US PGA Tour qualifying school event in McKinney, Texas, today.

The South Carolina-based player from Tauranga carded a two-under par 70 in the opening round at the TPC Craig Ranch course to share 24th place in the 78-strong field.

Geary, who had limited starts without success on the United States second-tier Web.com Tour this year and dipped out at European Tour school earlier this month, had an eagle, two birdies and two bogeys and is four shots off the leaders, Australians Matt Jones and Nathan Green, who opened with six-under 66s.

Geary will require at least a top-20 finish in the four-round event to progress to the final stage, where 156 players will battle it out for the 25 remaining PGA Tour cards.

There are six second stage tournaments each with field sizes of about 78 and while the number of players to progress to the final round is yet to be determined, it is unlikely to be more than 20 from each field.

Fellow Kiwis Tim Wilkinson (Hombre Golf Club in Florida), Steve Alker and Danny Lee (both Bear Creek Golf Club in California) start their four-round tournaments tomorrow (NZT).

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