Oct. 31, 2004
McLachlin tied for second at his site, the Dayton Valley GC in Dayton, NV, posting scores of 69-70-70-69--278 (-10).
Merrick finished fourth at his site, San Juan Oaks in Hollister, CA, firing rounds of 70-69-72-65--276 (-12).
Both players join Travis Johnson, who qualified last week for the second stage. For the second stage, players will be sent to various sites across the country, although there are two sites in California. The final stage will be played at the LaQuinta Resort, Dec. 1-6.