Hank Kuehne, the onetime PGA Tour bomber attempting a comeback after five years of back woes, will have to wait another year after falling one stroke shy of advancing from Plantation Preserve. And it may take a few days to get over it.
The Palm Beach Gardens pro carded a bogey and double bogey in his last three holes Friday, falling outside the safety zone. The top 19 scores and ties had reservations for next month’s Q-School finals in California.
Adding to Kuehne’s angst, he still would have moved on to the final stage – where everyone is guaranteed at least restricted status on the Web.com Tour – had England’s Oliver Fisher not birdied No.18.
Fisher’s climb up the board dropped Kuehne a notch – going from a tie for 19th to a tie for 20th.
Orlando’s Rob Oppenheim, a three-year Web.com Tour veteran, took medalist honors at 21-under-par 263. He finished four shots ahead of Korean pro Meen Whee Kim, with Jupiter’s Kris Blanks and former Georgia Tech star James White another shot back.
European Tour veteran Ross Fisher also advanced, along with former UCF golfer Connor Arendell.
Not so fortunate: Jamie Lovemark, who led the Web.com Tour money list two years ago but like Kuehne fell one stroke shy of advancing. Former PGA Tour veterans Jesper Parnevik, Notah Begay and Carlos Franco also missed, along with Jon McLean – son of noted swing coach Jim McLean.Jeff Shain covers golf for the Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffShain, or reach him via email at email@example.com.