BEAUMONT, Calif. – Former Saint Leo men’s golfer Jake Halligan recently qualified through the first level of the PGA Tour Q-School. Halligan finished 40th overall shooting a four-round total of 298 on the Par 72, 7,377 Yard East Valley Golf Course in Beaumont, California.
The PGA Tour Q School is often regarded as one of the toughest golf tournaments in the world. And on the difficult terrain, the Taylor Mill, Kentucky native carded 16 birdies and one eagle for a 10-over-par—298.
Halligan, a three year student-athlete of current Lions’ Head Coach Ray Cisbani, was an Academic All-American and owns the second highest scoring average in program history. He currently resides in the Wesley Chapel area while continuing his pursuit of the PGA Tour.
The PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament or “Q-School”, “Was first played in 1965, and John Schlee was the first winner. The tournament has been played annually ever since, with two tournaments (Spring and Fall) played in 1968-69 and 1975-81.
Each year, the tournament results in a certain number of golfers earning PGA Tour cards - membership in and playing privileges on the tour for the following PGA Tour season. The tournament also awards, in its final stage, status on the Nationwide Tour to participants who fail to earn PGA Tour cards.
The PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is a series of tournaments, beginning with first stage qualifiers played at numerous locations around the U.S. Golfers who make the grade at the first stage advance to second stage qualifiers. Golfers advancing out of the second stage move on to the Final Stage to the six-round grind that is known as Q-School.
Following six rounds of stroke play at the Final Stage, the highest finishers receive fully exempt status on the PGA Tour for the following year. That number is usually the low 30 finishers plus ties.
Q-School also serves as a qualifier for the Nationwide Tour. Golfers finishing outside the Top 30 plus ties at the Final Stage receive either fully exempt status on the Nationwide Tour, or conditional status for that tour, depending on their placement.”