Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland Earns 2009 PGA Tour Card
Dec. 8, 2008
LA QUINTA, Calif. –
Former Jayhawk great Gary Woodland survived the six-round PGA Tour Qualifying School to earn his 2009 PGA Tour Card. Woodland earned the distinction by firing his sixth-straight under-par round Monday at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West and finished the event tied for 11th place.
The top-25 finishers at Q-School, plus ties earn 2009 PGA Tour Cards. All remaining players receive some form of status on the PGA Nationwide Tour.
Woodland carded five birdies during the final round and finished the event with 31 birdies.
“We are all very happy for Gary and the potential opportunities he has opened up for himself. Anytime you have one of your guys make the tour it is a great thing for your program,” Kansas head coach Kit Grove said.
The Berryton, Kan. native, spent one year playing basketball at Washburn prior to transferring to Kansas to play golf.
In his four-year career, Woodland amassed 14 top-10 finishes, including four victories. He ended his Jayhawk career with a 73.44 average.
“Gary was born with a natural ability to hit the ball a very long ways, but it has been the other parts of his game improving and better shot management that has made the difference for him to be able to get to where he is today,” Grove said.
Harrison Frazer won medalist honors at the event with a 32-under score of 400. Woodland finished with a total of 412 at 20-under par. Check www.pgatour.com for complete results.
Woodland qualified for the final stage of Q-School after making the cut at the first and second stages of the event. He competed in the first stage at Dayton Valley Country Club in Dayton, Nev. and the second stage at Deerwood GC in Kingwood, Texas.
The 2009 PGA Tour Schedule will begin play Jan. 8-11 in Hawaii at the Mercedes Championship.
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