How to Play it: San Juan Oaks No. 1 Par 4, 377 yards

The first hole at San Juan Oaks provides a preview of the great
golfing experience that lies ahead.
The first hole at San Juan Oaks provides a preview of the great golfing experience that lies ahead.

THE SKINNY: A meandering creek falls along the entire far left side of the hole, dramatic bunkers frame the fairway and the subtle contours of the green offer challenge and opportunity.

PRO SAYS: The fairway is split by two large bunkers that are a 220 yard carry from the white tees with additional bunkering framing the outside corners of the fairway. Players driving over the middle fairway bunkers will have the best angle to the green.

n By Ana Patejdl

Staff Writer

Gilroy – Through the second round of a first-stage PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament being held at San Juan Oaks Golf Club, local golfer John Ellis sits in fourth place.

The 25-year-old Live Oak graduate must finish in the top 20 after the final two rounds today and Friday to move on to the second stage of the qualifying tournament.

After two rounds of 68, Ellis (-8) sits three strokes behind leader Andrew Buckle (-11). Craig Kanada and Michael Putnam are tied for second at 9-under.

Hundreds of golfers around the country compete in the qualifying tournaments, also known as Q-School, with the ultimate goal of making it on the PGA Tour.

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