Dec. 7, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former University of Oklahoma golfer Martin Flores earned his 2010 PGA TOUR card on Monday by finishing fourth in the final stage of the PGA TOUR q-school at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Flores concluded the grueling six-round event at 18-under, with rounds of 72, 68, 69, 68, 72 and 65. His final-round 65 was one stroke off the low round of the day from the 152-man field.
Troy Merritt (-22) won the qualifier by a stroke over PGA TOUR veteran Jeff Maggert. Matt Jones placed third at 17-under, one stroke in front of Flores.
Flores completed his 2009 rookie season on the Nationwide Tour in 156th-place on the money list, earning $21,950 in nine events. Prior to his time on the Nationwide Tour, Flores played on the Hooters Tour from 2007-08. Flores made the cut in 13-of-15 starts in 2007, en route to three runner-up finishes.
Flores missed the cut in his only previous PGA TOUR start at the 2006 EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
A four-year letterwinner for the Sooners (2001-04), Flores was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection at Oklahoma. His 144 career rounds for the Sooners are the most by any OU golfer in the past 15 years.
Fellow Oklahoma golfer Glen Day missed his tour card by a single stroke, closing q-school in a share of 26th at 8-under. Day played his final five rounds at 13-under after a tournament-opening 77, rebounding with scores of 69, 68, 70, 71 and 69.
Also advancing to the final stage, but failing to qualify, were OU’s Hunter Haas (T90th) and Todd Hamilton (CUT).
The trio will all have some degree of status on the Nationwide Tour in 2010.
PGA TOUR Q-SCHOOL RESULTS: http://www.pgatour.com/qschool/leaderboard/