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"Obviously it's nice that it is in California and only five hours from where I am at (in Phoenix)," Vijarro says. "But I talked to some people who played in second stage last year, and this one was definitely the best fit for my game."
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The second stage of National Qualifying School often separates the golf prospects with the brightest futures from the mere dreamers.
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Perhaps as important, his final surge lifted his confidence.
Vijarro turned professional after graduating in summer 2012 from Nike Uptempo Gym Red the University of Oregon, where he spent four years as a standout golfer. Since, he has steadily climbed the professional ladder.
"I made it by three or four shots but it was a lot closer than it seemed," Vijarro recalls. "There was a lot of pressure, and I started feeling it because those finishing holes (at Dayton Valley) are tough.
Such conditions are precisely why the Bend High School graduate, who is considered a control player, made the choice (golfers can choose whatever Q School site they want) to play Bear Creek.
himself through the first stage when he closed his final round with three birdies in four holes to post a 3 under par 69 at Dayton Valley Golf Club in Dayton, Nev. That put him in a tie for 14th place at 1 under after 72 holes, three shots clear of what was needed to advance to second stage.
After he was knocked out of Q School's first stage in October 2012, he enjoyed a breakout winter on the mini tour circuit in Arizona. And in April, Vijarro earned his card on PGA Tour Canada. Up North he made two cuts in nine tournaments, which Vijarro says was a "little disheartening."
"You get a lot of confidence going into the next stage being that that course played SO hard. To finish 14th in a field like that, that was good."
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His next challenge will be decidedly more difficult.
In Bear Creek, Vijarro does have a Southern California golf course with fast greens and one designed to put accuracy off the tee at a premium.
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"It's virtually the same thing, but there is more at stake," says Vijarro, comparing the pressure of Q School to a PGA Tour Canada event. "But you know if you play well the reward is higher. And you know if you play bad then you miss another year to get out there. In that sense, you know in the back of your mind that there is a lot more at stake. But all you can do is prepare and get ready, and that's what I have been doing the last few weeks."
"I just have to prepare as hard as I can and let the chips fall where they do," says Vijarro, who has spent the last several weeks in the Phoenix, Ariz., area working on his golf game. "It's a good opportunity. First stage is never easy to get through."
in the former group by week's end.
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