Petoskey’s Joey Garber Earns Status on Web.com Tour for 2018
Garber has earned guaranteed status for the first eight tournaments of the
season on the Web.com Tour.
Garber shot a final
round 3-under 69 Sunday in the Web.com Tour Q-School Finals at Whirlwind Golf
Club in Chandler, Ariz., for a 72-hole total of 15-under 273 and a tie for 30th
to finish among the top 45 receiving a level of guaranteed status.
The medalist was Lee
McCoy, a former University of Georgia golfer like Garber who shot a closing 65
for 28-under 260 in the 72-hole final. He receives full status for the year on
the Web.com Tour.
The golfers who
finished second through tenth received guaranteed status for the first 12 Web.com
tournaments of the year, and the golfers like Garber who finished 11th through
45th received guaranteed status for the first eight tournaments. All others in
the final stage have conditional status for the 2018 tour. Following the first
12 tournaments tour eligibility is adjusted based on finishes in a reshuffle to
determine playing status.
PGA Tour qualifying
no longer exists. The primary road to the PGA Tour is through finishing in the
top 25 of the Web.com money list at the close of the tournament season.
Garber, a former
Michigan Amateur champion, was a co-medalist last month in second stage
qualifying in Florida.
Garber joins fellow Michigan golfers Ryan
Brehm of Mount Pleasant and Matt Harmon of Hudsonville with a status level on
the Web.com Tour in 2018. Brehm was on the PGA Tour last year, but did not
retain his status there. He missed the cut last week in the finals and will
have conditional status on the Web.com Tour. Harmon just missed the PGA Tour in
the Web.com playoffs at the close of the 2017 tournament season. He will have
full status on the Web.com Tour for 2018.
Garber was the first
golfer to win both the Michigan Junior Amateur and Michigan Amateur
Championships in the same year in 2010. He first attended the University of
Michigan, but transferred and finished his collegiate golf at the University of
George. He finished second in the 2014 Michigan Open to Brehm, another former
Michigan Amateur champion.