OCU alum gets PGA Tour card, Ridings, Tway miss

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Oklahoma City University alum Tyrone Van Aswegen has earned his PGA Tour card for the second consecutive season after finishing tied for 11th place in the Web.com Tour Championship on Sunday at the Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Van Aswegen finished 29th on the Web.com Tour priority ranking, which determines the 50 golfers who secured their 2014-15 PGA Tour exemptions. The priority ranking includes the top 25 Web.com Tour money leaders and the top 25 finishers in the final four tour events.

In the four-event Web.com Tour finals, Van Aswegen collected $61,760. He shot 66-69-67-73–275 in the Web.com Tour Championship to earn $23,000. His best finish among those four events came in the Hotel Fitness Championship on Aug. 28-31 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He tied for seventh with a 68-67-69-71–275 to reel in $32,250 at Sycamore Hills Golf Course. This is only the second year in which all 50 PGA Tour cards came through the Web.com Tour.

“The current team and alumni follow him closely,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said of Van Aswegen. “His endeavors motivate my guys to reach heights maybe they didn’t think they could reach. He shows how successful they could be coming out of OCU like he has. Oklahoma City University men’s golf couldn’t ask for a better ambassador for the program.”

On the PGA Tour in 2013-14, Van Aswegen piled up $454,856 in earnings through 25 events. Van Aswegen posted a 71.07 stroke average.

“He had a great year last year,” Blaser said. “He was right on the borderline of getting his card without having to play for it. He played extremely well in the last four events. I think he has a lot of momentum heading into this next year. He is a seasoned veteran, and I think he’ll have a great year next year. His confidence has to be extremely high.”

At OCU, Van Aswegen won the 2002 NAIA individual championship. He produced a 72.88 career stroke average and seven victories as a Star. Van Aswegen earned three all-American nods and spearheaded Oklahoma City to four national titles from 2000-04.

Two golfers with strong Oklahoma ties did not make the top 50. Memorial High School graduate Tag Ridings shot a 73 in the final round Sunday, dropping him from 51st to 54th in the final standings. Kevin Tway, needing a strong finish, missed the cut last Friday by a shot. Both will have to spend most of their time in 2015 on the Web.Com Tour to regain their PGA Tour cards.


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