Nov. 30, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. — Red Storm men’s golf alumnus Andrew Svoboda is tied for 61st after the first round at the final stage of the PGA Tour’s 2011 Qualifying School. With a top-25 finish, Svoboda would gain his PGA tour card for the 2012 season. He is currently three strokes out of the top-25, and two shots back of a tie for 26th with four rounds to play.
Svoboda is in a field of 172 competitors all vying for the exclusive right to play on the PGA Tour for the next season. The five round event is being played at the PGA West golf facility on both the Nicklaus Tournament Course and the TPC Stadium Course.
Playing on the Nicklaus Course, Svoboda shot an opening round 70(-2) after going two-under in the final five holes to finish strong heading into the second round.
The three-stage qualifying tournament, also known as Q School, is one of several ways that a golfer can earn a PGA Tour card. Svoboda almost claimed his card with a strong finish to the 2011 Nationwide Tour season, but finished just outside the top-25 on the secondary tour’s money list necessary to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour.
Now Svoboda, who holds the St. John’s record for most individual tournament titles with 13 wins, will try to become the second Red Storm alum in as many years to earn a spot on golf’s most prestigious tour. Keegan Bradley earned his card after finishing in the top-25 of the Nationwide Tour’s money list in 2010. Bradley went on to win the HP Byron Nelson Classic and the PGA Championship in his rookie season, and is considered by many to be the frontrunner for 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Rounds two through five will be played Dec. 1-Dec.4. Svoboda will tee off on the TPC Stadium course for Thursday’s round. The final three rounds will air on the Golf Channel. For all of the latest news as Svoboda chases his tour card, log on to RedStormSports.com and follow the men’s golf team (@STJ_MensGolf) on Twitter.