15 SwingThought TOUR Alums earn their 2017-2018 PGA Tour Card
Tuesday August 29th, 2017: On Sunday, the Web.com Tour handed out 25 of the 50 available PGA Tour cards. Of those 25 players, 15 of them were SwingThought TOUR Alums. For most alums, it is achievement of a lifelong dream. For alums Ted Potter Jr., Kyle Thompson, and Chesson Hadley, it’s part of the journey to reaffirm their place among the game’s elite.
The Top 2 finishers on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List were both SwingThought TOUR Alums. The SwingThought TOUR also had 8 of the Top 10 finishers on the Regular Season Money List.
Finishing the year Number 1 on the Money List is Brice Garnett. Garnett won the 2011 River Hills event on the eGolf Tour. He finished his 2017 Web.com Tour Regular Season strong after winning the Utah Championship in July, and the Season Finale event in Portland. With his win Garnett jumped from 11th to 1st on the Money List. Garnett will look to capture the Number 1 over Money List spot so he can be fully exempt next season on the PGA Tour.
Right behind him in 2nd place is Sam Ryder. Ryder won the inaugural Pinnacle Bank Championship in Nebraska. With Ryder’s tie for 2nd last week in Portland, he jumped from 6th on the Money List to 2nd.
Former SwingThought TOUR staple Ted Potter Jr. also earned his PGA Tour card for 2017-2018. Potter has a total of 13 victories on the SwingThought TOUR. He has 7 National Series victories and 6 Winter Series victories under his belt. Potter who won the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and played on the PGA Tour from 2012-2014, is now making his way back to the big tour after breaking an ankle in 2014 and missing 2 full seasons. Potter played on the SwingThought TOUR from 2005-2011, was a 2-time Player of the Year and sits in a Tie for 5th for the most National Series wins on TOUR.
Also earning his 2017-2018 PGA Tour card is Ethan Tracy. Tracy a University of Arkansas alum, was a winner on the SwingThought TOUR in 2016 at Savannah Lakes. He won earlier this year at the Club Colombia Championship, after he holed out for eagle on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with fellow 2017 Top 25 member Roberto Diaz, which Tracy would eventually go on to win. Tracy finished up this season ranked 24th on the Web.com Tour’s Money List.
Finishing 22nd on the Web.com Tour Money List is Lanto Griffin. Griffin won the Nashville Golf Open in a playoff over Abraham Ancer. Griffin made an 18 foot putt on the first playoff hole to earn his first career Web.com Tour victory. Griffin won the 2015 Kandy Water Memorial Classic on the SwingThought TOUR, and also won a Winter Series event at Grand Cypress in 2013.
Rounding out the Top 25 is Roberto Diaz. Diaz, who has won 2 Winter Series events on the SwingThought TOUR, had a crazy 2017 season. He lost to Ethan Tracy in a playoff in Colombia, was the 1st alternate in the U.S Open, eventually getting in when Phil Mickelson withdrew, and played in the WGC Mexico Championship. Diaz survived a missed putt from Keith Mitchell on the 72nd hole Sunday to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2017-2018 season.
The 15 SwingThought TOUR Alums to earn their PGA Tour Cards were Matt Atkins (19), Roberto Diaz (25), Brice Garnett (1), Talor Gooch (6), Lanto Griffin (22), Chesson Hadley (9), Stephan Jaeger (5), Andrew Landry (4), Ted Potter Jr (14), Sam Ryder (2), Conrad Shindler (17), Ben Silverman (10), Kyle Thompson (7), Ethan Tracy (24) and Andrew Yun (13).
About SwingThought TOUR
The SwingThought TOUR, wholly owned and operated by Golf Interact (Golf Interact acquired the former NGA Hooters Tour and eGolf Pro Tour), has proven year after year to be the most outstanding avenue for players to display and develop their skills in an extremely competitive atmosphere. The SwingThought TOUR is the only Professional Tour in the country, to offer a series of events, besides the PGA and Web.com Tours, which offers a full week of activities that include 72-hole (36-hole cut) tournaments, free practice rounds, free sponsored beverages and snacks each week, free range balls, paid participant pro-ams, long drive contests, and shootouts at selected events. The SwingThought TOUR provides players the opportunity to experience all aspects of life as a true touring golf professional. The schedule is structured around geographical series and different varieties of championship golf courses to subject our players to any type of course they may face at golf’s highest levels. The SwingThought TOUR is operated by a knowledgeable staff who are PGA and USGA certified. As evidenced by the success of our alumni, The SwingThought TOUR is the most proven avenue to the PGA and Web.com Tours. SwingThought TOUR alumni have won an amazing 17 Major Championships. Most recently, 87 of the 150 players who competed in the 2015 Web.com Tour Q School Final Stage were past players on the SwingThought TOUR.