By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Marc Turnesa and Craig Barlow both shot 67 to lead the way in Monday’s qualifier field at the Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., and earn their way into this week’s Frys.com Open.
Turnesa, a 34-year-old graduate of N.C. State, posted six birdies on the back nine at Bayonet. He is coming off a tie for 46th in last week’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open — site of his only PGA TOUR victory, in 2008. This year, he’s made five of 10 cuts and also played a handful of events on the Web.com Tour. In February’s Mayokoba Golf Classic, Turnesa turned in his best 2012 performance with a tie for 16th.
Barlow, a 40-year-old journeyman who has finished as high as third on the PGA TOUR twice in his career (2002 Air Canada Championship and 1999 Buick Challenge), has two cuts made in six starts on TOUR this year.
Derek Ernst, who finished his collegiate career at UNLV this past spring, overcame a couple of early bogeys with six birdies to finish 4 under — good enough for third place and also a spot in the Frys.com Open. The 22-year-old native of Clovis, Calif., competed in this summer’s Palmer Cup in Northern Ireland before turning professional. He also lost in the finals of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Matt Marshall, who carded a 69, won a six-man playoff for the final spot. The 27-year-old Reno, Nev., native has spent most of 2012 on the Canadian Tour.