published Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Chattanooga area trio reach Q-school finals

UTC golfer Stephan Jaeger plays a practice round at Council Fire.
UTC golfer Stephan Jaeger plays a practice round at Council Fire.
Photo by Angela Lewis.
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    Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Jonathan Hodge strikes his tee shot on No. 13 at Cleveland Country Club.
    Photo by Photo by David Uchiyama

Two former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfers will play for a chance to earn PGA Tour cards for 2013.

Stephan Jaeger and Jonathan Hodge advanced from the second round of PGA Tour qualifying school from different sites Friday.

The final stage, where PGA Tour cards will be awarded to players for next year, will be held Nov. 28-Dec. 3 at PGA West (TPC Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament).

Those who finish tied for 25th or better in that six-day marathon will play on the PGA Tour next year.

Jaeger, who prepped at Baylor School and led UTC to the NCAA finals in June, shot a 10-under-par 274, which placed him in a tie for 13th place in a field where the top 19 and ties advanced. That group also includes former Rhea County golfer Hunter Green, who got in on the number, 275, at Plantation Preserve in Plantation, Fla.

Former McCallie and UTC golfer Bryce Ledford tied for 36th and did not advance to the final stage from there.

Hodge, who now lives in Jasper, Tenn., shot an 8-under 280 at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. He tied for 12th place.

Former McCallie and University of Georgia golfer Adam Mitchell is tied for 19th at 3 under heading into the final round at the Panama City Beach location. The top 19 and ties advance to the final stage.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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