(Image courtesy wosga.org, tournament information courtesy LPGA Tour, PGA Tour)
Buckeye alumni Rachel Rohanna, Bo Hoag, Kevin Hall and Tee-K Kelly were on the course early in the month to compete in their respective tour qualifying tournaments. Rachel in the LPGA -School and Bo, Kevin and Tee-K in the Web.com Q-School.
In the LPGA T-School event held the first weekend of December, 165 golfers competed for 20 openings (LPGA tour cards) for 2018. The cut line for Top-20 was 358 (-2) for the four round event.
Rachel Rohanna finished her four rounds with a score of 298 (+10) which placed her in a tie for 111th place.
Her four rounds were: 71-74-80-73. Rachel was actually in pretty decent shape after her first two rounds (+3) but the 3rd round score of 80 did her in.
Rachel did have a good finish to her 2017 season with an 11th place on the Symetra Tour earnings list. This was capped by her win in the season ending Symetra Tour Championship. It’s disappointing that she didn’t earn LPGA tour card this trip, but she has a solid base for 2018.
PGA Tour/Web.com Tour
There is an incentive to do well in this Q-School. Golfers who finish in the Top 10, and ties, are guaranteed 12 starts on the Web.Com Tour in 2018. A Top 45, and ties, finish guarantees 8 starts. The Top 10 cut line was a score of 270 (-18) and the Top 45 was 274 (-14).
Bo Hoag finished his four rounds with a score of 273 (-15) and tied for 30th spot, just within the cut line.
His four rounds were 72-70-64-67. His third round of 64 was tied for 8th best score of the round, which clearly helped push him inside the cut line.
Sitting at a so-so -2 through two rounds, Bo ramped up his game on Saturday’s 3rd round. A 5-birdie front 9 got him to the turn at 31. On the back 9, he bracketed a bogey on #16 with two birdies (#14, #15) and two more birdies (#17, #18).
Kevin Hall finished his four rounds with a score of 289 (+1) and tied for 136th.
His four rounds were 75-75-68-71. Kevin’s first two rounds really killed his chances. A 3rd round 68 (-4) was powered by a beautifully played front nine. Kevin birdied his first three holes (!) then birdied #7 for an impressive 32 (-4) at the turn.
Kevin’s front nine in his opening round was “entertaining”. He had a stretch of holes from #2 – #8 (seven holes) where he did not have a par; he had 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and a double bogey. That must have been some ride.
Tee-K Kelly finished his four rounds with a score of 289 (+3) and tied for 138th spot.
His four rounds were: 80-70-72-69. Tee-K’s final three rounds of -5 weren’t too bad. Not the pace he’d have needed to make top 45, but still, pretty decent golf. The opening round was something that would have been good for me but it was disastrous for Tee-K. As in “tied for worst round of the day” disastrous.
No big deal, really. I’m snow-bound in Buffalo and Tee-K is golfing in Aruba, so life isn’t all that bad for him.
I’m a bit late getting to this update because of snow clearing in Western NY and obsessing over this cute little guy 🙂
The Aruba Cup is currently underway. This is a match play contest between players on the Mackenzie Tour and the PGA Tour Latinoamérica. Tee-K Kelly is one of the players representing the Latinoamérica Tour.