Voke in Q-school con­tention

The Timaru Herald - - $ -

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.’’

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