The pre-qualifier for the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open was played this week at Pecan Valley Golf Club in San Antonio. The Top 50 finishers in the pre-qualifier advance to the final qualifier (a k a, the Monday qualifier) that is played tournament week. The Texas Open takes place next week, Oct. 9-12, at La Cantera Golf Club in San Antonio.
Martin Piller of Richardson and Bryan Novoa of San Antonio were co-medalists in the pre-qualifier, shooting 67.
Other qualifiers included San Antonian and former "Big Break" bad boy Anthony Rodriguez; Jhonattan Vegas of Austin, an accomplished collegiate golfer at UT; Richard Lee of Arizona by way of Canada, a former junior standout who turned pro in 2007 at the age of 16; and Jeff Burns, a San Antonian and mini-tour veteran and former Nationwide Tour player.
These are the 50 golfers who move on to the Monday qualifier:
67 - Martin Piller, Richardson; Bryan Novoa, San Antonio
69 - Will Griffin, San Antonio; Jhonattan Vegas, Austin
70 - Jamie Amoretti, San Antonio; Anthony Rodriguez, Spring Branch
71 - Matthew Loving, San Antonio; Todd Mayfield, Anna; Richard Lee, Chandler, Ariz.
72 - Bruce Smith, Frisco; Nathan Camacho, San Antonio; Roger Stebbins, Cypress; Jeremy Frye, Palestine; Michael Mezei, Lethbridge, Ala.; Billy Castro, Von Ormy; Jeff Burns, San Antonio
73 - Corbin King, Round Rock; Alan Johnson, League City; Gabe Reynolds, San Marcos; J.T. Kohut, Stockton, Calif.; Randy Jones, San Antonio; Stuart Deane, Arlington; Thomas Kearney, San Antonio; Jeremy Wilkinson, San Antonio; Trey Wilkins, Sugar Land
74 - Jonathan Ocanas, San Antonio; Matt Johnston, Winnipeg, Can.; Michael Hillis, Utopia; Jung Kim, Houston; Ben Troester, Boerne
75 - Mac Wylie, Boerne; Patrick Bell, Universal City; Michael Levine, Live Oak; Ian Ford, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Can.; Lance Littleton, San Antonio; Winn Smith, Autin
76 - Jonathan Lenz, San Antonio; Greg Puga, Los Angeles; Ray Garza Jr., San Antonio; Kc Lim, San Antonio; Robert Meyers II, San Antonio; Carlo Grever-DeVicenzo, San Antonio
77 - Julius Gonzales, Beeville
78 - Chad Marti, Baytown; Raymond Caldwell, San Antonio; Brandon Ellis, San Antonio;
Randy Clark, Argyle; Isaac Idstein, Canyon Lake; Todd McFarland, Fischer; David Studebaker, Wichita Falls; Derek Brown, Cleburne