Three 2005 USA Walker Cuppers,
Pressel Earn Cards
December 6, 2005
By , USGA
Far Hills, N.J. -- Three members of the victorious 2005 United
States of America Walker Cup team - John Holmes, Jeff Overton and
Nicholas Thompson - and 2001 U.S. Amateur champion Bubba
Dickerson were among the 32 golfers to earn their 2006 PGA Tour
cards at the annual PGA Tour qualifying tournament that concluded
Monday at Orange County National Golf Club in Winter Garden,
Also earning his card was 2003 USA Walker Cupper Bill Haas,
the son of 2006 USGA Jones Award winner .
, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky., closed with a 3-under-par 69 to
become the first golfer since in 1983 to leave college and win
the PGA Tour qualifying tournament. The University of Kentucky
graduate, who posted a 2-1 record in the 12Â½-11Â½ victory over
Great Britain and Ireland at Chicago Golf Club in August, earn
medalist honors (24-under-par 408) by three strokes over Alex
Cejka of Germany. The long-hitting turned pro immediately after
the U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club and survived all three
stages of Q-School to get his card. He was the only player in the
field to post all six rounds in the 60s.
"I'm just glad it's over," told
The Associated Press
of the six-day, 108-hole grind. "I made it pretty easy on
myself this week. I just went out there and tried to play 18
holes every day and act like I was playing with my buddies. It
was a relief when that last putt went in on the last
, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla., finished in a tie for third with
D.A. Points at 19-under 413, while Overton, 22, of Evansville,
Ind., tied for 13th at 13-under 419 with Dickerson. Haas,
meanwhile, needed to birdie his last two holes to get one of the
last remaining available cards (11-under 421).
The low 30 scorers and ties earned PGA Tour cards. The next 50
golfers and ties secured full-time privileges on the Nationwide
Tour, with the remaining players achieving conditional status on
that circuit. That list included 2005 USA Walker Cupper Michael
Putnam, who wound up tied for 88th at 2-under 430.
, the 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur champion and runner-up at
the '05 Women's Open, was among the 24 players to earn
full-exempt status for the 2006 LPGA Tour season at the
circuit's annual qualifying tournament that concluded on
Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla. But the 17-year-old from Boca
Raton, Fla., won't be able to compete as a full-time member
until she turns 18 in March, unless the LPGA Tour grants her a
waiver sometime before the start of the 2006 season in February.
Pressel posted a 90-hole total of 3-under-par 357 to tie for
sixth, 14 strokes behind medalist Ai Miyazato of Japan.
Two other USGA champions also earned their cards: 2004 U.S.
Girls' Junior winner Julieta Granada of Paraguay (T6) and
2001 U.S. Women's Amateur titlist and '02 USA Curtis
Cupper Meredith of Shreveport, La. (13th). Brittany Lang, who
tied Pressel for second at the '05 Women's Open and was a
member of the victorious 2004 USA Curtis Cup team, also earned a
card in a three-hole playoff for the final three spots.