Tour doles out 74 reimbursements in last three years
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – September 13, 2012 – The goal of every NGA TOUR player is to make it to the PGA TOUR. And while NGA TOUR alums Russell Knox and Ted Potter Jr. were able to do so through Monday qualifiers and solid play, most golfers will need to safely navigate their way through PGA TOUR Q-School to reach golf’s top tour.
But getting through Q-School will be no easy task – and an expensive one to boot. Roughly 2,000 players will pay $4,500 to enter the annual event and only the final 170 will receive any funds in return. However, the NGA TOUR has stepped in to help its players offset the expense, doling out 74 Q-School reimbursements over the last three years for the top players on the top-rated developmental tour.
While the financial ramifications of earning a reimbursement are obvious, Travis Woolf believes there is a perk of equal importance for finishing in the top 20 on the NGA TOUR reimbursement list.
“If you finished in the top 20 on the NGA TOUR money list, you’ve had a good year,” said Woolf, who finished 17th in the reimbursement standings. “There are so many good players on this tour, finishing in the top 20 means you went out and competed well against those guys. It gives you a lot of confidence going into Q-School.”
One look at last year’s Q-School lends credence to Woolf’s assertion.
In 2011, NGA TOUR members Scott Parel, Stuart Anderson, Philip Pettitt Jr., Mike Lavery, Steve LeBrun, Chris Wilson, Reid Edstrom, Shawn Stefani, Lee Williams and Ben Briscoe earned Web.com Tour cards at Q-School, while member Will Claxton secured a PGA TOUR card. Anderson, Pettitt Jr., Lavery, Wilson and Williams all finished in the top 20 in earnings on the NGA TOUR in 2011.
While the list of the NGA TOUR members making the jump to the next level is unparalleled in development golf, there are no guarantees in Q-School. For nearly two months, players are forced to compete at high levels without losing focus, regardless of the circumstances. After doing that over the course of the season, current NGA TOUR member Jay Woodson doesn’t plan on changing his approach at Q-School.
“Getting a win and a second-place finish this season on the NGA TOUR has me feeling really good about my game,” said Woodson of Richmond, Va. “If you can compete out here, you can compete at any level. I’m not going to get wrapped up in trying to change anything for Q-School. I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, which is playing solid golf. If I can do that for a month and a half, I’ve got as good a shot as anybody to make it through.”
Woolf also plans to draw on his experiences this season on the NGA TOUR to make a run at Q-School.
“I learned a lot this year playing on the NGA TOUR,” said Woolf of Fort Worth, Texas. “My short game has improved as well as my scoring on the par-5s. That could add up to a few shots, which is sometimes all it takes to make it to the next stage. I also learned a lot about patience. We had some rain delays this summer; it wasn’t ideal, but it taught me a lot about patience. Some days you wouldn’t play at all, and other days you’d play 36 holes. That can happen in Q-School, too. I feel like going through it will be beneficial for me in Q-School.”
Though both Woodson and Woolf cite the experiences of playing on the NGA TOUR as a reason for optimism going into Q-School, the financial benefits over earning a Q-School reimbursement weren’t overlooked.
“Playing at the developmental tour level, you don’t make too many large purchases, so to earn a Q-School reimbursement is huge,” said Jay Woodson, who finished 12th on the money list in 2012. “That was one of my goals to start the year. To win the reimbursement takes such a huge weight off my shoulders.”
The NGA TOUR will also distribute three more Q-School reimbursements during the upcoming Q-School Prep Series, which will be played at “actual” PGA TOUR Q-School host sites Callaway Gardens, Hombre (Bad/Ugly) and PGA Village (Wanamaker).
The winner of each Prep Series event will earn a Q-School reimbursement. If the winner has already earned a reimbursement, the second-place finisher will receive the reimbursement. In the case of a tie, a playoff will determine the winner.
Final Q-School reimbursement standings:
- Brandon Brown (Shelbyville, KY) $115,085.00
- David Skinns (Suwanee, GA) $104,179.00
- Mark Silvers (Savannah, GA) $67,834.66
- Chas Narramore (Kingston, TN) $64,121.00
- Rick Cochran III (Paducah, KY) $63,520.66
- Jonathan Randolph (Brandon, MS) $62,499.00
- Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, FL) $55,014.66
- Randall Hutchison (Traverse City, MI) $53,455.00
- Ken Looper (Mandeville, LA) $48,251.00
- Nick Rousey (Pensacola, FL) $47,477.00
- Hudson Johnson (Longview, TX) $46,802.00
- Jay Woodson (Richmond, VA) $46,674.00
- Ryan Spears (Del City, OK) $42,488.00
- Patrick Wilkes-Krier (Orlando, FL) $33,251.00
- Chase Carroll (Knoxville, TN) $31,680.00
- Justin B Smith (Saint Paul, MN) $30,316.00
- Travis Woolf (Fort Worth , TX) $29,373.00
- Patton Kizzire (St. Simons Island, GA) $28,956.00
- Andrew Ruthkoski (Muskegon, MI) $28,789.00
- Todd Bailey (Spanish Fort, AL) $28,390.00
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The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.
NGA alumni include: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; British Open Champion Tom Lehman; PGA Champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship Winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year Michael Thompson; 2012 PGA TOUR winners Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings and Scott Piercy.
At this year’s PGA Tour Qualifying School, 52% of those earning full exempt status on the PGA TOUR and 67% of those earning full exempt status on the Web.com Tour were past NGA Professionals. Another 16 NGA Professionals advanced to the PGA TOUR for 2012 by finishing inside the Top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list, including 2011 NGA members Ted Potter Jr., Russell Knox and Billy Hurley III.
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