Wofford grad Andrew Novak and USC grad Matt NeSmith have both advanced to the Web.com Q-School finals in December. The two professionals have assured themselves status on the Web.com Tour for next year at a minimum.
NeSmith rallied in the final round of the qualifying tournament at Southern Hills Plantation to shoot a 7-under par 65. The 2015 SEC individual champion carded the best round of the day and moved up 18 places to advance.
Novak had been within the top 18 at the Preserve Golf Course and Club in Plantation, Florida in each round. The 2014 SCGA Amateur champion shot rounds of 67-66-68-70 for a 272 total. He finished in a tie for 8th place.
Both NeSmith and Novak played in several Web.com Tour events last year. They both now have the opportunity to earn a PGA Tour card at the Q-School finals.
Former Clemson golfers Luke Hopkins and Doc Redman missed the cut to advance. Hopkins, who shot a 63 in the third round at the Magnolia Grove course in Mobile, shot a final round 68, but missed advancing by one shot.
Redman finished in a tie for 30th, three shots below the cut line in Mobile.
Furman grad Wehman Hopke also missed the cut at the same venue. Phillip Mollica from Anderson and Clemson finished in 60th place at the qualifier in Florida.
Novak and NeSmith will next compete in the Q School finals that begin on December 6th in Chandler, Arizona.
The top-25 finishers in the 90 hole tournament will earn a PGA Tour card for the upcoming season.