More than 70 golfers are competing this week at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in the PGA's Tour Qualifying School. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Playing the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes course with remarkable consistency, Garrett Sapp of Long Beach, California, has the lead after two rounds at the Tour First Stage Qualifying School.

At 11-under, Sapp has a one-stroke lead over Joon Lee of Avondale and John Chin of Temecula, California. Sapp shot a 33-33¬—66 in the first round and a 34-33—67 on day two.

More than 70 golfers are competing. The four-day tournament winds up Friday.

“The event has 23 players advancing to Stage 2, so while there will be a low score, there will really be 23 winners,” said Brady Wilson, manager of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes.

For pro golfers, the Tour is the “official proving ground of the PGA Tour.”

There are 23 qualifying positions and ties. The 23 players with the lowest scores at the conclusion of play and those tied for the last qualifying position will advance to the Second Qualifying Stage.

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The tournament is the fifth high-level competition in eight weeks at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes.

The course hosted the Arizona Amateur in August, the Southwest Section PNC and a Gateway Tour event in September, and the Wyoming Men’s Southern Dunes Invitational last week.


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