Moving On

Locals Chris Korte, Zahkai Brown, Jake Staiano and Gunner Wiebe punch tickets to stage 2 of Korn Ferry Tour Q-school

By Gary Baines – 9/23/2022

Three former CGA Players of the Year, along with another prominent golfer who grew up in Colorado, landed spots in the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-school on Friday.

Gunner Wiebe (the CGA POY in 2010), Zahkai Brown of Golden (2011) and Jake Staiano of Englewood (2017) joined Chris Korte of Littleton in advancing from a stage 1 tournament in Maricopa, Ariz.

With the top 25 finishers and ties earning stage 2 berths, Korte tied for seventh place in the 77-man field (15 under par), while Brown was 11th (14 under), and Staiano and Wiebe were 19th (11 under). Korte played his college golf at the University of Denver, Brown and Staiano at Colorado State, and Wiebe at the University of San Diego.

Last week, another player with strong Colorado ties — former University of Northern Colorado golfer Joshua Matz — punched his ticket to stage 2 at a stage 1 tournament in Palm Desert, Calif.

Three more stage 1 tournaments are scheduled for next week. 

Second-stage tournaments will be held Oct. 11-14 and Oct. 18-21, with the final stage scheduled for Nov. 4-7 in Savannah, Ga.

Players who make it to the final stage are assured at least conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2023.

Results from Stage I in Maricopa, Ariz. (top 25 and ties advance to Stage 2)

Advance to Stage 2

7. Chris Korte, Littleton 66-68-67-72—273

11. Zahkai Brown, Golden 64-65-69-76—274

19. Jake Staiano of Englewood 68-72-68-69–277

19. Former Colorado resident Gunner Wiebe 71-70-68-68—277

Failed to Advance

37. Former Colorado School of Mines golfer George Markham 63-73-71-74—281

54. Former CSU golfer Colton Yates 70-72-76-70–288

Derek Fribbs, Aurora 70-64-DQ

For all the scores from KFT Q-school, CLICK HERE.