ATLANTA - Former Georgia State men's golfer Ty Harris began the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School on Wednesday with a round of 70 at the Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla. Harris will be looking to advance to the final stage for the second time in three years.

That opening round 70 left him tied for 37th in the 76-golfer field, but just one shot away from 26th and two shots back from 15th place. The top 19 and ties will advance to the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

Harris finished tied for seventh and advanced to the second stage in mid-October at Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola, Fla. Harris was one of three former Panthers entered in to the three stage process and only to advance past the first stage.

The Longwood, Fla. native will need to finish among approximately the top 20 to advance to the final stage of Q-School at the end of the month. The top 25 and ties in the final stage will earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2013, while the next 50 or so will earn status on the Tour.

Harris has advanced to the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School in the past (2010) and ended up with spot on the Nationwide (now Tour after his successful run. A shoulder injury derailed his 2011 season before playing well on the Canadian Tour this past summer.

The European PGA Tour season is still going on, but it is already known that Joel Sjoholm has qualified for the tour again next year. Others looking to qualify later this fall will be Mark Haastrup, Steven Tiley and Tobias Rosendahl. will continue to update the progress of Harris as the week goes on.