Monday, December 05, 2005

Byrum Leads Texas Contingent at Q-School

Veteran Tom Byrum, of Richmond, posted three rounds in the 60s and closed with a 70 on Monday in the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, earning his PGA Tour card with a fifth-place finish.

Byrum lead three Texans who grabbed Tour cards, and several others who earned status with the Nationwide Tour.

Unlike Byrum, Michael Connell of Richardson and B.J. Staten of Dallas had no status on the PGA Tour entering Q-School. But like Byrum, both now have their Tour cards for 2006; each finished tied for 26th.

Golfers had to finish in the Top 32 to earn exempt status on the PGA Tour in 2006. The following 46 players in the final standings earned exempt status on the Nationwide Tour for 2006; the remaining finishers have non-exempt status on the Nationwide in 2006.

Here are how the Texans fared:

PGA Tour Card
t5 Tom Byrum, Richmond, -17
t26 Michael Connell, Richardson, -11
t26 B.J. Staten, Dallas, -11

Nationwide Tour - Exempt
t33 Jeff Burns, San Antonio, -10
t59 Roland Thatcher, The Woodlands, -6
t73 *Cameron Beckman, San Antonio, -4

Nationwide Tour - Non-Exempt
t79 Craig Kanada, The Woodlands, -3
t102 *Hunter Haas, Dallas, E
138 Keoke Cotner, Bedford, +7
t142 Brad Lardon, Austin, +10

The asterisks (*) next to Cameron and Haas denote that these two golfers went into Q-School with conditional status on the PGA Tour for 2006 already in hand based on their finish on the money list this year. Beckman was 152nd on the 2005 money list, Haas 166th. Both players have non-exempt status on the PGA Tour. What does this mean? It means they'll get into a handful of PGA Tour events next year when players who finished ahead of them on the money list decide not to play; and if Beckman and Haas don't get into that week's PGA Tour tournament, they'll then look to the Nationwide Tour tournament of the week.

That's the same situation that Omar Uresti, a former University of Texas standout who's well-known around Austin, also finds himself in. Uresti was 136th on the money list this year, and he placed 42nd at Q-School finals. So he has non-exempt status on the big tour and fully exempt status on the Nationwide for 2006.

The full Q-School results are available here.

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