By Ken MacLeod
It’s qualifying season again for young (and not-so-young) Oklahoma pros hoping to be playing on the 2016 PGA Tour or earning a spot on the 2016 Web.com Tour.
The first 25 of the 50 PGA Tour cards awarded through the season-long money list on the 2015 Web.com Tour were given out following this weekend’s play. University of Oklahoma graduate Abraham Ancer earned a spot by finishing 11th on the money list with $201,818.73.
Those 25 players along with the next 50 will now advance into a four-week playoff along with the PGA Tour players who finished from 126th to 200 in FedEx Cup Points and failed to keep their exempt status.
Among local players who were outside the top 25 but inside the top 75 are Kevin Tway of Edmond at 28, Rhein Gibson of Edmond at 33, Ryan Spears of Del City at 38, former Tulsan Tag Ridings at 42 and former Tulsan Brad Elder at 72. Those players can still earn cards by finishing in the top 25 of those not already exempt in the four-tournament playoff which begins next week. They also have guaranteed status on the Web.com Tour for next year.
The four-week stretch of finals begins Sept. 10 with the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Meanwhile, the grueling qualifying for status on the 2016 Web,com Tour begins with three pre-qualifying events this Wednesday through Friday, including one at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas, one at Wilderness Ridge in Omaha, Neb., and one at St. John’s G&CC in St. Augustine, Fla.
Players who advance from the pre-qualifiers will have to make it through first and second-stage of qualifying before reaching the final stage Dec. 10-13 at PGA National Resort.
Among the Oklahomans trying to advance from pre-qualifying in Texas are Baer Aneshansley of Oklahoma City and Cameron Meyers of Edmond,, who is coming off a victory on the Fairway Tour this weekend, while in Nebraska former Sooners Charlie Saxon and Michael Gellerman will attempt to move on along with Taylor Artman of Norman.
Robert Streb update:
On the PGA Tour, Edmond North grad Robert Streb’s bid to make the President’s Cup team took a hit over the weekend. Streb had closed to within one shot of the lead when he moved to 6-under after two early birdies in Saturday’s round, but he played 5-over for the rest of the weekend to drop into a tie for 39th.
Streb is still an impressive sixth in FedEx Cup points after the first round of the playoffs, but remains 18th in President’s Cup points which are factored over two years. The top 10 make the team automatically and to do that he would about need to win this weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship, after which the team is finalized.