Voke in Q-school contention
Kiwi golfer Nick Voke has made an impressive start to the Web.com qualifying school in Arizona, shooting a 6-under 66 in the first round.
Playing on the Devil’s Claw course (with half the field on the Cattail course) the young Aucklander was four shots off the pace.
While Voke has already qualified for the second-tier PGA Tour, he is intending to add to the number of tournaments he can play in 2019. The winner (or co-winners) will be fullyexempt status next year, while finishers from 2nd to 10th (and ties) will get 12 guaranteed starts, with 11th-40th winning eight guaranteed starts.
Voke is tied 14th, after a round featuring an eagle and five birdies.
Manawatu’s Tim Wilkinson and Steve Alker of the Waikato were tied 25th (5 under) and tied 43rd (4 under respectively).
Voke, 23, won three times in China this year to win his way to Q-school.
He is now New Zealand’s third-highest ranked golfer, after Ryan Fox and Danny Lee.
‘‘Although I received status on the web.com tour with my efforts in Asia, I will be out there trying to improve which will result in some more guaranteed starts,’’ Voke said. ‘‘Arizona is one of my favourite places to play because we are spoiled with the weather and turf conditions.’’