Edmond’s Willie Wood received calls and texts congratulating him on his performance at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament last week in Scottsdale, Ariz. Wood shot rounds of 69-66-66-71 to finish 12-under par and tied for fourth.
Unfortunately, after returning for a playoff in horrid conditions on Saturday, Wood made a bogey on the third hole in the playoff to finish seventh. Only the top five get fully exempt cards for 2014. Wood will have conditional status for 2014 based off a combination of factors including winning an event in 2012, his ranking of 42nd on the 2013 money list and the seventh-place finish at Q School, which could get him in certain events depending on who else is in the field.
"I needed a top five finish or better to really better my position," Wood said. "Unless the status of the guys who finished ahead of me changes, say they win an event (becoming fully exempt for the year) or get injured.
"I’m guessing I will play in at least 15 events and if I play well that number will increase. I’ll try to Monday qualify or ask for sponsor exemptions for events in which I’m not exempt."
One event for which Wood is exempt is the U.S. Senior Open in early July at Oak Tree National. He is also eligible for the other senior majors, but all from different criteria.
"Eligibility on the Champions Tour can be confusing," Wood said. "I’ve been at the back of the bus, at the front of the bus and now I’m in the middle of the bus."
Bill Glasson of Stillwater tied for 14th after sharing the opening round lead with a 64. Glasson, however, is mostly exempt for 2014 and a top-five finish would have only improved his status marginally.
"I think Billy was just playing because he didn’t have anything else going on that week," Wood said.
Wood has also been taking congratulatory calls on his son Hayden Wood’s recent signing to play golf at Oklahoma State, where his father was an All-American and National Player of the Year in 1982. Willie said Hayden plans to room at OSU with Edmond North teammate Nick Heinen.
Here is the complete story on the event as well as results.