Chip shots 11/2/11

Joey Lamielle missed the cut in the U.S. Open for the second time this past summer, but there is no quit in this spunky Sarasota pro.

Last month, he won the Charlotte County Open by holding off a second-day charge by Plantation pro Dave Hronek. Maybe it was a good omen for Lamielle, who became the fourth two-time winner in Charlotte County. After Derek Lamely won for the second time, he qualified for the PGA Tour.

Lamielle took a big step toward that goal by shooting four rounds in the 60's to tie for medalist honors in the first stage of PGA Tour School Qualifying School at the Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Lakeland.

Playing from 7,161 yards, Lamielle posted 17 birdies, one eagle and three bogeys over four rounds.

Florida State grad Tommy Rymer of Sarasota also advanced at Grasslands by shooting a final-round 69 to finish tied for seventh place. Rymer made one eagle and 15 birdies for the tournament.

In 2009, Lamielle and Rymer also advanced through the first stage at Grasslands.

Both must conquer the second stage of Q-School before the grueling six-round final stage scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West.

Lamielle is headed to Plantation Preserve (Nov. 16-19) in Plantation, and Rymer is going to Southern Hills Plantation (Nov. 15-18) in Brooksville for the second stage. Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, also will be attempting to qualify at Southern Hills.  

Sarasota's Barry Cheesman is waiting to see if he is fortunate enough to reach the final stage of the Champions Tour qualifying. He was a 2nd alternate after the second stage.  "This is senior golf," said Cheesman. "These guys get injured."


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