Monday December 11th, 2o18
Every kid that grew up playing sports had a dream that a practice free throw was to win the NBA Finals, a homerun won game 7 of the World Series, a slapshot was to win the Stanley Cup, a touchdown pass to win the Super Bowl, and a header that won the World Cup. For every golfer there was a putt on the 72nd Hole at Augusta to win The Masters. For 56 players who earned Web.com Tour status at the Final Stage of Q-School the countless hours putting to win The Masters, and the years of hard work and dedication put them 1 step closer to their dream, the PGA Tour.
Final Stage concluded Sunday with 32 SwingThought TOUR alums securing Web.com Status for at least the first 8 events of 2018. Players who finished inside the Top 45 (and ties) during Q-School are exempt through the First 8 events on the Web.com Tour schedule. Players who finish 2nd-10th (and ties) are exempt through the first 12 events on the schedule.
5 SwingThought TOUR alums earned status through the first 12 events. Mark Blakefield, Kent Bulle, Brian Richey, Garrett Osborn, and Connor Arendell all finished inside the Top 10 during Final Stage. 3-time ST TOUR winner Mark Blakefield finished in a Tie for 3rd at Final Stage. Blakefield shot a 4 round total of 22-under par. Blakefield, who is a 3-time Winner and former stalwart on the SwingThought TOUR is looking to capitalize on his opportunity in 2018.
2016 Harbor Hills winner Brian Richey finished in a Tie for 5th alongside Kent Bulle, while Garrett Osborn and Connor Arendell both finished Tied for 10th. With their finishes these 5 players will be exempt through the Nashville Golf Open which takes place May 24th-27th.
Grant Leaver earned his status for the first 8 events by finishing in a Tie for 30th. Leaver who won 6 times on the SwingThought TOUR, including 3 in 2017, will look to keep him momentum going into the Web.com Tour season. Leaver shot a final round 9-under 63 to jump up 53 spots. 2017 Major winner Christian Brand finished Tied for 23rd. Brand, who won at the 2017 SwingThought TOUR major at Compass Pointe in May, had some success on the Web.com Tour in 2017. He finished 6th at the Pinnacle Bank Championship and had 3 other finishes inside the Top 20.
Justin Lower also secured status with a Tie for 42nd finish. Lower, who has 9 combined State and National Series wins on the SwingThought TOUR, shot a final round 64 to jump 41 spots. Lower played in 13 events on the Web.com Tour in 2017, and is looking forward to the 8 guaranteed starts in 2018.
SwingThought TOUR winners Nick Rousey, Albin Choi, Joey Garber, Garrett Osborn, Erik Barnes, and Chip Lynn all earned status for the first 8 events of 2018. Osborn finished in a Tie for 10th, Lynn in a Tie for 16th, Choi finished in a Tie for 23rd, while Rousey a 5-time ST TOUR winner and Joey Garber both finished in a Tie for 30th.
All players that finished Tied for 16th through Tied for 42nd earn status for the first 8 Web.com Tour events. Those players will be exempt until the North Mississippi Classic April 19th-22nd.
In all, the 32 alums that earned status on the Web.com Tour have accounted for 32 wins on the SwingThought TOUR. This includes State and National Series victories.
Alums that finished inside the Top 45: Connor Arendell, Erik Barnes, Bryan Bigley, Mark Blakefield, Christian Brand, Kent Bulle, Albin Choi, Kevin Dougherty, Seth Fair, Joey Garber, Conner Godsey, Jhared Hack, Michael Hebert, Bo Hoag, Brad Hopfinger, Kyle Jones, Grant Leaver, Edward Loar, Justin Lower, Chip Lynn, Fernando Mechereffe, Garrett Osborn, Chad Ramey, Brian Richey, Nick Rousey, Matt Ryan, Patrick Sullivan, Ben Taylor, Chris Thompson, Jose Toledo, Michael Weaver, and Chase Wright.
The SwingThought TOUR would like to congratulate all 144 players who advanced to Final Stage. We wish all of you the best in 2018 and look forward to seeing your names on leaderboards in the near future.
Follow the SwingThought TOUR through Q-School as we will be providing updates and highlighting Alums who advance.
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