2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School
The first three stages - pre-qualifying, first stage and second stage - consist of 72-hole tournaments. The pre-qualifying stage, which is for players with no prior history of competition, took place in mid-September.
Every player who reaches the final stage will receive some degree of status on the Nationwide Tour, but (in the end) the real prize is to finish in the top 25. ONLY the low 25 and ties are exempt on the PGA TOUR for next year.
Other former AGPTS players include Ron Whittaker (T54), Clark Dennis (T93), Scott Sterling (T129), and Will Dodson (T129). PGA Tour Q-School Home.
12-1 Seeing Ball; Searching For Ball
a. Searching for or Identifying Ball Covered by Sand
If the player's ball lying anywhere on the course is believed to be covered by sand, to the extent that he cannot find or identify it, he may, without penalty, touch or move the sand in order to find or identify the ball. If the ball is found and identified as his, the player must re-create the lie as nearly as possible by replacing the sand. If the ball is moved during the touching or moving of sand while searching for or identifying the ball, there is no penalty; the ball must be replaced and the lie re-created.
In re-creating a lie under this Rule, the player is permitted to leave a small part of the ball visible.