Major Step

Denver’s Michael Schoolcraft lands spot in Final Stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-school after placing second in Stage 2; former CSU golfer Yates also advances

By Gary Baines – 11/08/2019

 Denver native Michael Schoolcraft has played in a smattering of Korn Ferry Tour events in his career — four to be exact, to go along with two PGA Tour starts — but the opportunity awaits to compete in many more in 2020.

With a runner-up finish out of 74 players on Friday in a Second Stage Korn Ferry Q-school tournament in Dothan, Ala., the Valor Christian graduate easily advanced to the Final Stage, which guarantees him at least some KF status next year assuming he does at least start the Final Stage event. 

At that event — set for Dec. 12-15 in Winter Garden, Fla. — the winner and those tied for the top spot will be exempt for all of 2020 on the Korn Ferry Tour. Those who didn’t win but place in the top 40 receive exempt  status for at least part of the season, and those placing 41st or higher will be conditionally exempt.

In Alabama this week, Schoolcraft (pictured above) posted rounds of 68-68-69-68 for a 15-under-par total of 273, which left him one stroke behind medalist Stephen Franken of Raleigh, N.C. For the week, the 27-year-old Schoolcraft carded 21 birdies and six bogeys.

The top 20 finishers and ties in Alabama — and other Second Stage sites — punched their tickets to the Final Stage.

Here are the scores of the local players at all of the Korn Ferry Second Stage sites:

Korn Ferry Tour Q-School Second Stage

(Top 20 and Ties At Each Site Below Advance to Final Stage)

Dothan, Ala., Nov. 5-8

Advances to Final Stage

2. Michael Schoolcraft of Denver 68-68-69-68–273

Failed to Advance to Final Stage

50. Nick Mason of Parker 75-75-73-71–294

Murrieta, Calif., Nov. 5-8

Advances to Final Stage

20. Former CSU golfer Colton Yates 74-72-73-69—288

Failed to Advance to Final Stage

25. Former CU golfer Jeremy Paul 75-73-74-68–290

45. Chris Korte of Littleton 73-74-70-77—294

52. Former CU golfer Yannik Paul 75-75-69-77–296

Plantation, Fla., Nov. 5-8

Failed to Advance to Final Stage

36. Zahkai Brown of Golden 68-69-75

McKinney, Texas Oct. 29-Nov. 1

Failed to Advance to Final Stage

24. Josh Seiple of Castle Rock 70-74-66-72—282

57. Former Coloradan Kyler Dunkle 75-71-70-74–290