And … They’re Off

Coloradans Micah Rudosky and Doug Rohrbaugh in middle of field after round 1 of first stage of Champions Q-school

By Gary Baines – 11/29/2021

Two Colorado PGA members are in the middle of the pack after Monday’s opening round of the first stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-school, in Winter Garden, Fla.

With at least the top 18 finishers after four rounds advancing to the final stage of Q-school — set for Dec. 7-10 in Lutz, Fla. — Micah Rudosky of Cortez shot a 3-over-par 75, while Doug Rohrbaugh of Carbondale fired a 76. That leaves Rudosky in 27th place and Rohrbaugh in 36th out of a starting field of 74.

Rudosky — winner of both the Colorado PGA Professional Championship and the CPGA Senior Professional Championship in 2021, as well as a qualifier for the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship — carded three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on Monday at Orange County National. He trails leader Jody Bellflower by six.

Rohrbaugh, who also qualified this fall for next spring’s Senior PGA Championship, ended up with two birdies and six bogeys in round 1.

The tournament continues through Thursday.

After the top 18 finishers this week move on to the Q-school finals, top five performers there will be exempt on the Champions circuit in 2022.

This week marks the third and final first-stage Q-school qualifier for PGA Tour Champions. Earlier, former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski punched his ticket to the final stage by tying for second in a qualifier in Nipton, Calif.

For all the scores from Winter Garden, CLICK HERE.