"Today, you survive and advance," he said. "You just try to put together a good score, don't shoot yourself in the foot. [On Monday] if you start thinking about all those extra factors, you're going to shoot yourself out of the tournament."
A sampling of other qualifiers shows a broad range of backgrounds.
He's still looking for his big break in pro golf, and The Greenbrier Classic caught his eye. He made some Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour events last year.
The academy has helped world-ranked Y.E. Yang on the men's side, and a number of current LPGA stars.
Spencer is about to settle in at Wedgewood Country Club near Columbus, Ohio.
The 52 qualifiers will join an advanced group of professionals Monday, again at the Cobb Course. Current PGA Tour members, not otherwise qualifying for the Classic, are allowed to advance straight to Monday's tournament and battle for one of just four spots.
Also eligible for Monday are Web.com Tour and Champions Tour members, as well as two members from the Tri-State Section of the PGA of America - one being Edgewood Country Club head pro Craig Berner. PGA Tour players from 2009-11 who have since lost their status also are eligible.
That makes the odds even longer, but Thursday's qualifiers aren't worried about it. They seemed to boldly pull out their credit cards for the additional $200 entry fee.
They'll have to be equally bold on Monday, when a 66 might not get it done.
"You're going to have to put your blinders on," Ross said. "It will be a strong field."
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