By: Jonathan Bowden
Assistant Golf Coach
Since having the privilege of joining Generals Athletics in August of this year I have thoroughly enjoyed assisting Coach Pete Gyscek as we look to improve the Men’s and Women’s Golf programs at Washington and Lee. Both golf programs have been fantastic to work with as I continue to develop and learn about my own coaching style, and how I can be a positive influence to my players on and off the golf course. Throughout the fall season both programs showed significant improvement from last season, and I am extremely excited to see the improvement and successes that continue into the spring season. I am also excited for the fact that my younger brother, Daniel, who plays golf professionally is currently in the process of qualifying for The PGA Tour via The PGA Tour Qualifying School. This journey in particular is filled with heartache and misfortune for most, but for those select few who reach their dream it can be rewarding on many different levels. Recently, Daniel has made it through the first-stage of qualifying and will leave next week to prepare and play in a second-stage qualifier in Texas with high hopes of advancing onto the final-stage of qualifying held in late November.
The final PGA Tour Qualifying School or “Q-School” is under way, and fourteen first-stage qualifiers have concluded as of Saturday. This is followed by the final-stage of qualifying school contested over six unique venues around the country. Why is this the final go-round for PGA Tour Q-School? Beginning next year, PGA Tour qualifying enters a new era. The era of the Web.com Tour Finals. Beginning in 2013, golfers who want to earn their way onto the PGA Tour have to (with rare exceptions) go through the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of tournaments at the end of the Web.com Tour season. Those tournaments will combine the top money earners from the Web.com Tour “regular season” with PGA Tour golfers who failed to make enough money to retain their PGA Tour cards. A Q-School will still exist; it just won’t be the PGA Tour Q-School. Q-School in 2013 will only get golfers onto the Web.com Tour, not the PGA Tour.
With the final PGA Tour Q-School in full swing; it actually started in mid-September with multiple pre-qualifiers – qualifiers to get into qualifiers. You can view the field results for the fourteen Stage I qualifying tournaments on PGATour.com’s Q-School index, where Stages 1, 2 and Final Stage scores will also be posted. Second-stage qualifiers begin on Nov. 13, and there’ll be six of those. And then the last, 6-round, PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament final stage takes place Nov. 28-Dec. 3.