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Damon Green, who caddies for Zach Johnson on the PGA TOUR, is taking another shot at the Champions Tour's …

CHAMPIONS TOUR Q-SCHOOL FIELD LISTS:Texas (.pdf)|California (.pdf)|Florida (.pdf)

REGIONAL QUALIFYING

The field size at each Regional Qualifying Stage site is scheduled to be approximately 78 players. Regional Qualifying will be conducted at stroke play over 72 holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field. The number of players advancing from each Regional Qualifying Stage site to the Final Qualifying Stage will be on a pro rata basis (i.e., roughly the same percentage of players from each site will advance), and such number will be announced during the Regional Qualifying.

Tuesday - Friday, October 16-19, 2012

Bear Creek Golf Club, Murrieta, Calif.

Champions Gate Golf Resort, Champions Gate, Fla.

Tuesday - Friday, October 30-November 2, 2012

Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek, Montgomery, Texas

FINAL QUALIFYING STAGE

The field size at the Final Qualifying Stage is scheduled to be 78 players. The Final Qualifying Stage will be conducted at stroke play over 72-holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field.

Tuesday - Friday, November 13-16, 2012

TPC Eagle Trace, Coral Springs, Fla.

Prize Money:Prize money will be distributed among the top 30 finishers and those tied for 30th place at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Final Tournament. The medalist receives $30,000.

Final Qualifying Stage Exemptions:

• The top five finishers (positions 1 - 5) in the 2012 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

• The leading available player (to a floor of fifth position) on the 2012 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit through October 28, 2012.

• The leading available player (to a floor of fifth position) on the 2012 Japan Golf Tour Organization Seniors Tour Order of Merit through October 28, 2012.

• Those players not otherwise exempt who are in the Top 75 on the 2012 Champions Tour Official Money List through October 28, 2012.

• Those players not otherwise exempt who are in the Top 75 on the 2012 Champions Tour All-Time Money List through October 28, 2012.

• 2010 Forward: On a two-time only basis, players who (i) have won an official event (awarding official money and official victory status, excluding team events) on the PGA TOUR or the Champions Tour, or are a PGA TOUR Veteran Member (i.e., have a minimum of 150 career cuts in official money PGA TOUR events); and (ii) are 50 years of age or older, or will turn age 50 on or before the day of the first tournament obligation of the last five (5) or 20% (whichever is greater) full-field open tournaments of the 2013 season.

Alpha list of select players:

Ken Barnard-- South Africa He's a cricket fanatic who's uncle (Christian) performed the world's first heart transplant.

Jeff Brehaut-- Los Altos, Calif. He's made over 500 combined starts on PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour. He had two wins on the Web.com Tour. He's currently a golf instructor at Sharon Heights GC.

Danny Briggs-- Franklin, Tenn. He played 173 events on the PGA TOUR with a T3 at the 1986 Tallahassee Open his best finish. He also played 233 Web.com Tour events without a win.

Alan Burton -- Alexandria, Va.He is a retired U.S. Army Officer who turned pro one week after his 50th birthday (9.4.55) and is currently a golf instructor at Andrews AFB, where he taught Former Secretary of State Condi Rice during the last two years of President George W. Bush Administration.

Kevin Burton-- Boise, Idaho He coaches PGA TOUR members Graham DeLaet and Troy Merritt.

Raymond Caldwell-- San Antonio, Tex. He says he shot 60 twice at Brackenridge GC. His father, Chuck, is in 13 Music Hall's of Fame and has played (steel guitar) with Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.

Greg Casagranda-- Pauma Valley, Calif. His wife, Susan, has worked at Torrey Pines for the past 23 years.

Barry Cheesman-- Sarasota, Fla. He played 220 PGA TOUR events with seven top-10 finishes, including a career-best third at the 1998 Michelob Championship. He also played 176 Web.com Tour events, winning twice.

Lee Chill-- Windemere, Fla. He has nine top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour.

Marc Farry-- France He won on the European Tour in 1996 and has represented France seven times at the World Cup. He has two European Senior Tour victories.

Jerry Fleming-- Celebration, Fla. He works as a customer service manager in a family-owned linen company. He was a six-time All-American in Super Slow Pitch Softball.

Brian Fogt-- St Louis, Mo. He made over 100 starts on Web.com Tour and played in four U.S. Open Championships. He had a top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR - a T8 at the 1987 Western Open. He currently works as Director of Instruction at Bellerive CC, the venue for the 2013 Senior PGA.

Peter Fowler-- Australia He's a former Australian Open champion who claimed the European Senior Tour Order of Merit after two wins in 2011.

Blane Fox-- Lakeland, Fla. He was an outfielder for several professional baseball teams for eight years. He is friends with current Champions Tour players Andy Bean and Brad Bryant.

Doug Garwood --Los Angeles, Calif. He played the Web.com Tour from 2002-2005, losing a playoff to Andy Miller at the 2002 State Farm Open. His dad was an actor who played 'Percy Crump', the undertaker on 'Gunsmoke'.

Marc Girouard-- Canada He's the 2012 Quebec Senior Champion. His brother-in-law is Martin Brodeur, the goalie for the New Jersey Devils.

Ernie Gonzalez-- Las Vegas, Nev. He won the 1986 Pensacola Open and is one of 10 left-handed players to win on the PGA TOUR.

Steve Gotsche-- Great Bend, Kan. He won twice on the Web.com Tour in 1999 and qualified for nine U.S. Open Championships. He made 90 PGA TOUR starts. He says he holds several course records, including a 56 at Stoneridge GC where he is the head professional.

Damon Green-- Kissimmee, Fla. He has combined caddying for Zach Johnson on the PGA TOUR with playing occasional events on the Champions Tour.

John Inman-- Greensboro, N.C. He's played 900 rounds on the PGA TOUR with two victories. He and his brother, Joe, are one of 12 sets of brothers to win on the PGA TOUR.

Robert Kaindl-- Redmond, Wash. He is a well-known glass artist whose works are collected by Donald Trump, Elton John and Siegfried & Roy. He didn't play golf until he was 38. He was a ReMax Long Drive finalist several times.

David Katz-- Los Angeles, Calif. He used to be an actor but now owns a company that distributes office products. He spent one year on the golf team at UCLA with current Champions Tour players Corey Pavin, Steve Pate and Tom Pernice, Jr.

Mark Knecht-- Paducah, Ky. He's qualified for eight USGA events in the past six years He owns apartments and carwashes and plays the drums in his church worship band.

Barry Lane-- England He's a former Ryder Cup team member and Accenture World golf Championship winner who won twice on the European Senior Tour in 2011.

Don Levin-- Elk Grove, Calif. He played 45 events on the PGA TOUR and has occasionally caddied for his son, Spencer, who currently plays on the PGA TOUR.

Santiago Luna-- Spain He played more than 330 European Tour events.

Charles Manhard-- Tucson, Ariz. He spent 33 years in the oil and gas drilling industry, including a year in Kuwait as an oil fire fighter. He was a motocross champion in 1993 but a broken neck in 1994 ended his racing career.

Miguel Martin-- Spain He won the 1999 Moroccan Open on the European Tour.

Chris Perry-- Powell, Ohio He won the 1998 B.C. Open on the PGA TOUR and has featured in the top-50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He turned 50 on Sept. 27, 1961 and has yet to make a Champions Tour start.

John Riegger-- Henderson, Nev. He played 224 PGA TOUR events and won twice on the Web.com Tour. In 2003, he made headlines when he challenged Annika Sorenstam to a $1 million match. It didn't take place.

Larry Rinker-- Winter Park, Fla. He played 525 PGA TOUR events, never winning, but finishing second twice. His brother, Lee, played 15 Champions Tour events in 2011 and his sister, Laurie, was an accomplished LPGA member.

Doug Rohrbaugh-- Carbondale, Colo. He's been a PGA professional for 26 years. His uncle, John Meyers, played in the NFL for the Cowboys and the Eagles in the 1960s.

Gary Rusnak-- Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. He played on the PGA TOUR in 1996.

Charlie Rutledge-- Havermill, Mass. He and his wife own a kindergarten which his wife operates. He says he developed a friendship with singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett after he taught him to play golf.

Mark Rypien-- Spokane, Wash. He played 13 years in the NFL, mostly with the Washington Redskins and was named MVP of Superbowl XXVI. He also won the inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic televised by NBC in 1990.

Rick Schuller-- Chester, Va. He played golf at Old Dominion on the same team as Joe Daley, winner of the 2012 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS. He has played in four majors. His father and two brothers are retired U.S. Navy pilots.

Andrew Sherborne-- Great Britain He played for five years on the European Tour and made over 130 starts.

Lance Ten Broeck-- Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He played 355 PGA TOUR events, posting 11 top-10 finishes. He finished T9 at the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. In 2009, he famously caddied and played in the Valero Texas Open, missing the cut but beating Jesper Parnevik for whom he caddied.

Esteban Toledo-- Irvine, Calif. He won on the Web.com Tour in 2005. He's a former boxer who once rescued a child from a car accident. He was the subject of the book "Tin Cup Dreams", written by Michael D'Antonio.

Fred Wadsworth-- Columbia, S.C. He was born in Germany and won the 1986 Southern Open on the PGA TOUR after Monday qualifying. He was the most recent Monday qualifier to win on TOUR until Arjun Atwal achieved the feat at the 2010 Wyndham Championship.

Dave Wettlaufer-- Canada He's a 2012 European Senior Tour member who grew up at Rockway GC in Ontario, the same course as the legendary Moe Norman who was his friend and mentor.

Zess Willis-- Montgomery, Ala. He played with current Champions Tour members John Huston and Gene Sauers at Alexander City Junior College, He was a sales rep for Mac Paper Inc from 1985-2005. His son, Cole, made his first start on Web.com Tour in 2011.

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