Tough school, but Sams still hopeful
By STEVE SPINKS
LISMORE'S Sam Brazel is set for one of the biggest months of his life.
The 28-year-old golf professional is leaving Australia at the weekend for America to contest the US PGA tour school.
If he gets through, the riches of the US PGA tour are open to him.
However, the tour school is renowned as a tough assignment.
The first stage of the school will be held on October 29, the second stage is in early November, and the third and final stage from November 29.
"I think my chances are pretty good of at least getting through the first stage," Brazel said. "It's always good playing at a course you are familiar with."
One of the 10 different first stage venues is at the Treyburn Country Club in North Carolina, which is where Brazel is based when he is in the US.
To progress to the second stage, Brazel has to finish in the top 25 out of more than 100 golfers.
If he is unsuccessful, Brazel has full exemption to compete on the Hooters Tour, which is the third tour in the US.
His assault on the US Tour School will be the second time Brazel has tried to break on to the main tour.
Last year he finished 44th in the first stage tournament.
However, he was ill at the time and is confident after a strong showing on the Queensland PGA Tour.