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Allred shoots 67 to open Q School stage

HUMBLE, Texas — Jason Allred got off to a hot start in the second stage of PGA Tour Q School, shooting a 5-under-par 67 Tuesday that landed him tied for fifth in the 75-player field.

Allred, an Ashland product who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., is attempting to earn a return trip to the PGA Tour, on which he played in 2005 and '08.

The four-round stage continues through Friday. The number of players who advance to the final stage in two weeks will be announced prior to the completion of the tournament here on the Members Course at Redstone Golf Club. It's one of six sites hosting second-stage competition.

Last year, the top 17 and ties moved on from Redstone. The cut line was 2-over 290.

Allred, who was in one of the last groups of the day, started on the first tee and made two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. Then he caught fire, making birdies at holes 10, 14, 15 and 18.

Allred trails leader Kevin Kisner by three strokes and is one stroke behind Rich Beem, a former PGA Championship winner.

Among the ex-PGA players behind him are Mathias Gronberg, Jeff Maggert, Woody Austin, Shaun Micheel and Ted Purdy.

Allred's quest began with a top-10 finish in the first stage of qualifying the last week of October.

He tees off at 9:05 a.m. Eastern today on the 10th hole with playing partners Greg Sonnier and Shawn Stefani.