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By Jason Feldman

jfeldman@postbulletin.com

Rochester native David Morgan is a professional golfer who has played well on the Dakotas Tour and the Gateway Tour this summer. Morgan had scheduled a full summer of playing on the U.S. Pro Golf Tour, which was backed by Donald Trump. That association folded before its season could get under way, so Morgan bounced around between several mini-tours this year. He will participate in the PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament (Q School), with the first stage beginning late next month.

Post-Bulletin: How has your summer been since we last talked to you, when you attempted to qualify for the Nationwide Tour event at Somerby in Byron?

Dave Morgan: It’s been good. I played the Dakotas Tour and did pretty well on that. I played an Adams Tight Lies Tour event in Santa Fe, N.M., last week and finished 25th. Now I’m back in Scottsdale (Ariz.) getting ready for Q School.

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P-B: How many trips to Q School have you made?

D.M.: This will be my fourth try. Most guys go through it multiple times before they make it through. It’s less nerve-wracking, but you also don’t want to go back to Q School too many times. That means you’re not making it through.

P-B: When and where will you play the first stage?

D.M.: I’m going to San Diego from Oct. 23-27. The course I’m playing, I’ll be there for a Golden State Tour event the week before. I’ll get to play for two days there under tournament conditions before Q School, so I’m looking forward to that.

P-B: You did well at the Nationwide Tour event at Somerby last summer, getting through the Monday qualifier, then making the cut and earning a check. Were you surprised to hear that the tournament won’t be back next summer?

D.M.: I was surprised and disappointed. It was a good event and I know people in the Rochester area really liked it.

P-B: You battled through some nagging injuries last summer. How are you feeling physically going into Q School?

D.M.: I had some wrist trouble in the past, but that hasn’t bothered me at all this year. I’m feeling really good. My trainer’s been pushing me pretty hard, so I’m a little sore right now, but that’s good. I’m still skinny as ever, too.

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