Oct. 28, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. (Oct. 28, 2012) - St. John's men's golf alumnus Andrew Svoboda realized his dream of becoming a member of the PGA Tour on Sunday as he finished 21st on the Web.com Tour's 2012 money list to earn his PGA Tour Card for the 2013 season.
"This has been a culmination of a lot of hard work for Andrew," St. John's head coach Frank Darby said. "He spent three years working his way up on the Nationwide/Web.com Tour and it's paying off now. Now that he's earned a spot, he's going to be on the PGA Tour for a long time."
Svoboda, who is St. John's all-time winningest golfer with 13 career individual titles, had his best year on the Web.com tour in 2012, posting his first two career runner-up finishes, with four top-10 finishes overall and seven results in the top-25.
The New Rochelle, N.Y. native used a combination of great ball striking and a deft touch around the green to finish the season fourth on the Web.com Tour in birdies per round, ninth in putting average and 13th in greens in regulation percentage.
The 2003 St. John's graduate started off the year with a second-place finish at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Samsung, leading the tournament after the first three rounds before a dramatic putt on the 72nd hole kept him from his first career win.
He continued a strong start to the season with a 10th-place finish at the Chitimatcha Louisiana Open before recording his second runner-up finish at the Soboba Golf Classic Presented by Hub International.
Svoboda recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the year by tying for 10th at the Rex Hospital Open, and over the course of the year finished at par or better in 14 of the 24 events he played.
St. John's now becomes the first BIG EAST men's golf program to have multiple PGA Tour players in 2013 as Svoboda joins 2008 STJ graduate Keegan Bradley as former Red Storm greats on the world premier golf circuit. Bradley, who gained his PGA Tour card in 2011 took the same path as Svoboda, finishing in the top-25 of the then Nationwide Tour, has enjoyed incredible success in his first two years, winning three tournaments including the 2011 PGA Championship and being an integral part of the 2012 United States Ryder Cup team.
"Having two former players on Tour shows that you're doing the right things with your program," Darby said. "It shows that if you care about the guys and create a good atmosphere that they can have a lot of success. I'm proud of this program for helping produce two great players and great people, too."
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