Local golfers set to begin 2nd stage of Q-School

Chris Epperson and Martin Catalioto of Hilton Head Island will continue their quest for the coveted PGA Tour card when they begin play in the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School this week.

Epperson, who advanced by tying for 19th at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., last month, begins the second stage today at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas.

Catalioto has to wait another day to start the second stage, teeing off Wednesday at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif. Catalioto advanced by tying for 22nd at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.

One familiar name that won't be present on the Q-School leaderboard this year is that of Beaufort resident Mark Anderson, who has elected to forgo the Q-School grind for another season on the Nationwide Tour.

"I didn't want to go into it not really caring if I made it through," said Anderson, who earned his spot on the Nationwide Tour by tying for 34th in the final stage of Q-School last year. "If I'm going to enter (Q-School), I want to give it my all and practice as well as I can leading up to it."

Anderson finished 60th on the Nationwide Tour money list with $116,183 this season, earning him full exempt status on the tour for 2011. Rather than take a shot at earning his PGA Tour card through Q-School, he feels his game could use another year of seasoning. And if he can crack the top 25 on the money list, he can graduate to the PGA Tour that way.

"I think it will be a lot better year now that I'm not a rookie and I know what to expect," Anderson said.