Overton Earns PGA Tour Card
Dec. 5, 2005
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Closing with a 3-under-par 69 in the sixth round of the final stage at Q-School on Dec. 5, former Indiana men's golfer Jeff Overton finished in a tie for 13th place to earn his PGA Tour card. Overton completed the grueling six-round qualifier at 13-under-par 419 (68-71-69-74-68-69) and now gets the opportunity to join former IU standout Shaun Micheel, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the top players in the world on the PGA Tour.
"What an awesome accomplishment," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "To go out there his first year out of school and earn his card is unbelievable. Going through all three stages of Q-School is a testament to all the hard work and preparation Jeff puts into his game. The golf family at IU could not be happier for Jeff Overton, and he has an outstanding future ahead of him on the PGA Tour."
The PGA Tour's National Qualifying Tournament's final stage consists of six rounds being played at the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses at Orange County National. Only the low 30 scores and ties at the end of the tournament earn Tour cards with the next number of players nearest to 50 will have fully exempt membership on the Nationwide Tour. The remaining players who have made it to the final stage of Q-school will have conditionally exempt status on the Nationwide Tour.
Playing on Panther Lake, where he posted his worst two scores of the qualifier in the second and fourth rounds, Overton needed a low 18 to give himself a chance to secure a Tour card. He opened the day on a strong note, netting an eagle at No. 2 and a birdie at No. 5 en route to making the turn at 2-under.
The 2005 Big Ten champion birdied three of his first five holes on the backside to reach 4-under, but bogeys at the 15th and 17th dropped him back to 2-under on the day and 12-under for the tournament, just one stroke ahead of the final cutline. However, Overton wasn't about to let a Tour card slip through his hands. The Evansville, Ind., native hit his approach to within 15 feet on the par-5 18th and two-putted from there to close out his round with a birdie and a spot on the 2006 PGA Tour.
John B. Holmes earned medalist honors with a 24-under-par 408 total (69-69-68-67-66-69). Holmes bested second-place finisher Alex Cejka (73-66-68-70-66-68) by three strokes.
Also playing in the final stage, former Hoosier Dan Olsen (1986-89) earned a fully exempt membership on the Nationwide Tour after sharing 59th place. Olsen ended the grueling six-day event with a 74 on Crooked Cat and a 426 total (73-75-67-68-69-74).
In addition, Steve Wheatcroft (1998-01) also finished the tournament with a 74 on Crooked Cat. Wheatcroft claimed a tie for 122nd place at 435 (77-69-72-72-71-74).
The field consisted of 166 players, including 22 players who have won a total of 50 PGA Tour events- highlighted by former Masters champion Larry Mize and seven-time winner Bill Glasson. Blaine McCallister and Dan Forsman each have won five times on Tour, while Notah Begay III has four titles and Steve Stricker three.
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