Former Standout Earns 2011 PGA Tour Card

Dec. 9, 2010


Former Jayhawk standout golfer Gary Woodland of Topeka earned his 2011 PGA tour card. Woodland, 26, posted rounds of 71, 68, 69, 71, 67 and 71 at the PGA Tour Q-School that ended on Monday. Woodland finished in a tie for 11th place out of more than 150 golfers. Golfers who finished in the top 25 were awarded their PGA Tour Card for the upcoming year.

This is the second time that Woodland has earned his PGA Tour Card. The first came in 2009 when he joined Matt Gogel as the second Jayhawk to achieve such a feat in the last decade.

In his rookie season on Tour, Woodland competed in 18 events, making eight cuts before a shoulder injury ended his season prematurely. Woodland’s top accomplishment came at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black where he was tied for 11th after two days of play. He went on to finish in a tie for 47th. Other highlights include being ranked fourth on the Tour in driving distance at 307.3 yards per drive and hit 43.88 percent of his drives over 300 yards.

While at Kansas, Woodland produced a career scoring average of 73.44. Additionally, he won four different tournaments (2005 Cleveland State Invitational, 2006 Kansas Invitational, 2007 All-American Golf Classic, and 2007 Louisiana Classic). Woodland also achieved 14 top-10 finishes on top of his individual victories. His three round score of 202 at the 2005 Cleveland State Invitational ties the low-54 hole score for any Jayhawk during the Big 12 era.