Eleven golfers from South Florida advanced to the finals of the PGA Tour Q-School, scheduled to begin Wednesday at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Kris Blanks, Derek Fathauer, Morgan Hoffmann, Scott Langley of Jupiter, Erik Compton of Coral Gables, Richard Johnson of Tequesta, Sunny Kim and Andrew Svoboda of Palm Beach Gardens, Bryden MacPherson of Singer Island, Alan Morin of Royal Palm Beach and Nicholas Thompson of Coral Springs all will be competing for a chance to play on the PGA Tour next year.
This will be the last year the PGA will award cards for its main tour through Q-School. The Top 25 of this week’s 108-hole event will secure status on the PGA Tour next year. The next 50 players earn cards for the Web.com Tour. In 2013, the PGA revamped its qualifying system, and the Q-School tournaments will provide a path to the Web.com Tour. PGA Tour cards then will be awarded through the season-ending Web.com Tour season.
Of the group: Blanks, Fathauer, Langley, Compton, Kim, MacPherson, Morin, Thompson have either played or are currently active members of the local GolfSlinger Minor League Tour.