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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2002

Lee moves on at PGA 'Q' School

By Bill Kwon

Hawai'i's Regan Lee shot a final-round 70 for a 72-hole score of 296 Friday at the Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., to pass the first stage of the PGA Qualifying School.

Regan Lee finished 15th on the Gateway mini-tour money list.

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The co-medalists at 8-under-par 280 were Nick Jones of Los Angeles, the 2000 California State Amateur champion, and Rob Bradley of Louisville, who plays on the Buy.com Tour.

"I took a break and was trying to get back to it," Lee explained about his 75-75-76 start before shooting 2-under on the last day to qualify for the next stage by one stroke.

Lee, who finished 15th on the money list in the Gateway mini-tour in Arizona this summer, hopes to play the second stage starting Tuesday at the Black Horse Course, also in Seaside, Calif.

"That's my first choice. But I won't know until Friday because one of the (first-stage) qualifyings was postponed," said Lee, who is waiting in Las Vegas. "They go in the order of how you finish and I was pretty low, so I may have to go to Texas or Florida."

No matter where he goes, Lee hopes it will be next week. The other three second-stage sites, including the one at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., won't be held until Nov. 12-15.

"That'll be the same time as the (Hawai'i) State Open. I'll miss it if I can't play next week," he said.

The final stage of the qualifying school is scheduled for Dec. 4-9 at the PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif., with the low 35 scores and ties earning their 2003 playing cards on the PGA Tour.