Petoskey’s Joey Garber Earns Status on Tour for 2018

  Petoskey’s Joey Garber has earned guaranteed status for the first eight tournaments of the season on the Tour.

  Garber shot a final round 3-under 69 Sunday in the 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 Tour.

  The golfers who finished second through tenth received guaranteed status for the first 12 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 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 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 Tour. Harmon just missed the PGA Tour in the playoffs at the close of the 2017 tournament season. He will have full status on the 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.


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