Pacific Northwest golfers survive PGA Tour Qualifying School, earn 2011 playing cards

Updated: January 3, 2011

The Pacific Northwest hit the jackpot at the PGA Qualifying School with three players playing their way onto the 2011 PGA Tour schedule.

Tacoma’s Michael Putnam already had earned a spot on the tour from finishing in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour, but his play at the Q School gave him status to get into more events during the 2011 season. Putnam finished tied for sixth in the tournament, which was a six-round marathon.

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor finished tied for ninth in the Q School and earned a spot next year on the PGA Tour as did Andres Gonzales of Olympia who was tied for 22nd.

Just missing out on playing their way onto the PGA Tour for 2011 were former Washington golfers Richard Lee and Brock Mackenzie.

NW players on the 2011 pro tours
PGA Tour
• Fred Couples • Seattle
• Ben Crane • Portland
• Robert Garrigus • Gresham
• Andres Gonzales • Olympia
• Ryan Moore • Puyallup
• Alex Prugh • Spokane
• Michael Putnam • Tacoma
• Kyle Stanley • Gig Harbor
Nationwide Tour
• Jess Daley • Kent
• Richard Lee • Bellevue
• Jeff Quinny • Eugene
• Kirk Triplett • Pullman
• Brock Mackenzie • Yakima
Champions Tour
• Fred Couples • Seattle
• Bob Gilder • Corvallis
• Peter Jacobsen • Portland
• Louise Friberg • Univ. of Washington
• Allison Hanna-Williams • Portland
• Jimin Kang • Seattle
• Paige Mackenzie • Yakima