Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Q School Prep Series Deemed A Hit Among Players

News >> Q-School Prep Series Deemed A Hit Among Players!!!
Q-School Prep Series deemed a hit among players!!!
By: Paul Warner
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – October 25, 2010 – Last week, 60 current and former NGA/Hooters Tour players advanced through the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School. Over the next two weeks, another group of past and present players will take to the links for the first stage of Q-School, and many will do so with the courses fresh in their minds, thanks to the NGA/Hooters Tour inaugural PGA Tour Q-School preparatory series.
The series, hosted at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga., PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and The Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., allowed players to play the actual courses used in Q-School under tournament conditions. In addition, six players, two at each event, received Q-School reimbursements.
Brian Anderson 
Brian Anderson, who finished second to Martin Ureta at the Wanamaker Course and will receive a Q-School reimbursement. “It was a no-brainer for me to play in the event. It’s huge because you get to play a three-round event in a competitive environment on the course you’re going to play in Q-School.”
Ureta, of Chapel Hill, N.C., took medalist honors in the event and will also receive a reimbursement. And the $4,500 reimbursement fee goes a long way for players this time of year.
“At this level, we don’t have a lot of sponsors and it’s tough to scrounge together that kind of money at the end of the year, so I appreciate getting the reimbursement,” saidRichard Scott, who won the Callaway Gardens event. But the bigger reward forScott, of Saint Simmons Island, Ga., may be the time spent on the course.
“I don’t care what anybody says, it’s hard to simulate tournament conditions unless you’re playing a tournament,” he said. “You can go and practice at the course, but you don’t have the same focus. Definitely, getting a few tournament rounds in before Q-School, it’s going to help. You make mental notes and a get a feel for the pins, greens and tee boxes.”
Chris Wolfe, of Warner Robins, Ga., finished second in the event and will also have his Q-School fee reimbursed.
In the Auburn event, Michael Thompson, the 2010 NGA/Hooters Tour Player of the Year, continued his stellar season by cruising to a four-shot win. Since Thompson already had a reimbursement for his season-long exploits, Will Wilcox and Ben Briscoe, who finished second and third, respectively, earned the final two reimbursements.
And even though Wilcox, the NGA/Hooters Tour Rookie of the Year, earned more than $100,000 between the NGA/Hooters Tour, Canadian Tour and Nationwide Tour in his breakout season, he still wasn’t going to miss the chance to further familiarize himself with the course prior to Q-School.
Will Wilcox
“I haven’t played the course when it was in that good of condition,” said Wilcox. “I definitely think it’s going to help me playing it so soon before Q-School. And, without a doubt, I’m happy to have Q-School paid for!”
The NGA/Hooters Tour is the 3rd largest men’s 72-hole professional golf tour in the country behind the PGA and Nationwide Tours and boasts an impressive list of alumni.
Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open Champion; Lucas Glover, the 2009 US Open Champion; Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters Champion; Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Champion; Ben Curtis, winner of the 2003 British Open; Jim Furyk, winner of the 2003 US Open; Lee Janzen, a two-time US Open winner; John Daly, a British Open and PGA Champion; Tom Lehman, winner of the British Open; David Toms, a past PGA Champion; Chad Campbell, the 2003 Tour Championship winner; Vaughn Taylor, a two-time Reno Tahoe Open winner; and Craig Perks, winner of the TPC, tested their mettle on the NGA/Hooters Tour before tasting success on golf’s grandest stage.
All told, the NGA/Hooters Tour’s alumni have an incredible 12 “Majors” to their credit. The NGA/Hooters Tour has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA, Senior PGA, and Nationwide Tour cards. In fact, 48% of the players that earned their 2010 PGA Tour card, and 53% of the players that earned full exempt status on the Nationwide Tour started their careers on the NGA/Hooters Tour.
For more information, visit www.NGAHootersTour.com.
via Hooters.com 

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