Former PNGA Players of the Year in Final Stage at Q-School
Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. and Eugene Wong of North Vancouver, B.C. have each advanced to the Final Stage of the Web.com Qualifying Tournament, being held December 12-17 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Taylor won the PNGA Men’s Player of the Year honors in back-to-back years (2008 and 2009), and Wong won the honor in 2010. At the time of Taylor’s graduation from the University of Washington, he was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world and was that year’s most decorated collegiate golfer. Wong, who played for the University of Oregon, where he was named the 2010 College Golfer of the Year; he has won twice on the PGA Tour Canada circuit.
Other Northwest players competing in the Final Stage are Kevin Penner of Sammamish, Wash., the UNLV All-American who won the 2012 Sahalee Players Championship; Jeff Gove of Bothell, Wash., who has had previous stints on the PGA Tour; and Tyler Aldridge of Nampa, Idaho.
Also playing is Jimmy Gunn, a native of Dornoch, Scotland. Circling Raven GC in Worley, Idaho has sponsored Gunn to play professionally ever since he came to the U.S. in 2008. He was an amateur in 2005 when a team of 12 players from Scotland’s revered Royal Dornoch Golf Club came to Idaho and competed against a mostly tribal team from Circling Raven in a friendly Ryder Cup format. The bond created in that event eventually led to Gunn’s business relationship with Circling Raven. Gunn, 33, has already guaranteed himself exemptions for the Web.com Tour and a good showing next week could land him a spot on the PGA TOUR.
Follow the Final Stage of Q-School here.