Walker Cup Hero Moore Medalist At
First-Stage PGA Tour Q-School SiteNovember 3, 2008
By David Shefter, USGA
Jonathan Moore, the hero of the 2007 Walker Cup Match, moved a
step closer to earning his PGA Tour card for the 2009 season by
sharing medalist honors at a first-stage qualifier at Treyburn
Country Club in Durham, N.C., this past weekend.
The Vancouver, Wash., native was one of several past Walker
Cuppers and USGA champions/runner-ups to advance out of six
first-stage sites in the grueling test known as PGA Tour Qualifying
School. The second phase of the three-tiered qualifying process
takes place later this month at six locations. Those who advance to
the finals of Q-School Dec. 3-8 in La Quinta, Calif., are
guaranteed no worse than conditional status on the 2009 Nationwide
Moore, a former Oklahoma State standout, will long be remembered
for the 4-iron approach he hit from 252 yards out at the par-5
finishing hole at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland during
Sunday singles action at the Walker Cup. The ball stopped 3 feet
from the hole, setting up an eagle-3 to clinch the Cup for the USA.
Moore turned pro after the Match, but failed to make it through
Q-School last fall.
This year, the 23-year-old Moore opened with a 1-over 73, but
rallied with three consecutive sub-par rounds over the 7,070-yard
layout, including a 2-under 70 in Saturday's final round to share
the top spot with Steve Gilley.
Another ex-Walker Cupper also advanced from the Treyburn C.C.
site, but just barely. Brock Mackenzie, a member of the 2003 squad,
qualified on the number at 3-over 291. Mackenzie, whose sister
Paige plays on the LPGA Tour and is a former USA Curtis Cupper,
carded a final-round 73.
Lee Williamson, the runner-up to Ryan Moore at the 2002 U.S.
Amateur Public Links Championship, overcame a pair of 79s in rounds
one and three, to also advance on the number. Williamson fired a
6-under 66 in the final round.
At Stonebridge Country Club in McKinney, Texas, Charlie Beljan,
the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, tied for 12th at 9-under
279. The former University of New Mexico standout closed with a 66
on the 7,085 course. Also sharing 12th was 2001 U.S. Junior
runner-up Richard Scott of Canada. Scott posted a pair of 69s over
the final two rounds.
Two Walker Cuppers were among those to advance from the Martin
Downs Country Club site in Palm City, Fla. Randy Leen (1997) tied
for fifth after shooting a 3-under 68 in the final round, while
two-time participant Lee Williams (2003 and '05) also shot a
final-round 68 to tie for 14th. Williams also competed in the 2004
World Amateur Team Championship and qualified for the U.S. Open at
Oakmont in 2007.
Canadian-born Richard Lee, the runner-up at the 2006 U.S.
Junior, stunned many by turning pro after his appearance in the
2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, but the 17-year-old
showed off his skills at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring, Texas, by
carding a 4-under 68 in the final round to share seventh. Lee
withdrew from the '07 Open during the second round with a wrist
Also advancing at Cypresswood was 2005 Great Britain and Ireland
Walker Cupper Matt Richardson of England, who tied for 18th at
Luke List, the runner-up to Ryan Moore at the 2004 U.S. Amateur,
tied for 11th at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, Calif.,
posting even-par 288. The two-time U.S. Open participant (2005 and
'07) opened with a 77, but closed with rounds of 71, 69 and 71.
At San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, Calif., 2005 U.S.
Amateur runner-up Dillon Dougherty tied for 15th at 9-under 279.
The former Northwestern University standout posted a 3-under 69 in
the final round.
Several notables also failed to advance, including two past USGA
champions. Matt Rosenfield (2000 U.S. Junior) missed at Stonebridge
Ranch, while Casey Watabu (2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links) failed
to qualify at San Juan Oaks. Watabu beat current PGA Tour sensation
and 2005 Walker Cupper Anthony Kim in the '06 APL final, while
Rosenfield beat future three-time USGA champion and current PGA
Tour player Ryan Moore.
Other notables who failed to advance were Edward Loar (1999
Walker Cup), Martin Ureta (2005 APL runner-up), John Kelly (2006
U.S. Amateur runner-up), Robert Hamilton (2001 U.S. Amateur
runner-up) and Manuel Villegas, the younger brother of 1999 U.S.
Junior runner-up and current PGA Tour star Camilo Villegas.
A total of 12 sites were used for first-stage qualifying. Two
USGA champions (Eric Meeks and Clay Ogden) and three Walker Cuppers
(Erik Compton, Joel Kribel and Adam Rubinson) had already advanced
at qualifiers held Oct. 21-24.
David Shefter is a USGA Digital Media staff writer. E-mail
him with questions or comments at email@example.com.