By Jerry Hill - Baylor Bear Insider
Four former Baylor golfers have advanced through to the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, which will be held Dec. 7-10 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.
Kyle Jones (2011-15), Hunter Shattuck (2015-17), Jerry Ruiz (2009-14) and Ryan Baca (2001-06) all advanced through the first and second stages of qualifying and are now assured of at least conditional status on the Web.com Tour in 2018. The top 45 finishers (and ties) at the final stage are guaranteed a healthy number of starts at the first part of next season.
Shattuck, a part of last year’s team that made it to the NCAA Championship match play quarterfinals, won a pre-qualifying tournament Sept. 1 in Flower Mound, Texas, shooting 14-under 202. He narrowly advanced through a first stage qualifier in Lantana, Texas, then shot 7-under 281 to tie for 12th at last week’s second stage tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.
Ruiz, who had three top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, also made it through the second stage in McKinney. He birdied the par-5 18th in the last round to shoot 2-over 74 and tie for the last qualifying spot at 5-under 283.
Jones, a second-team All-American in 2015 when he had a program-record scoring average of 70.47, tied for sixth at a second stage tournament in Murrieta, Calif., with a 72-hole total of 10-under 278. At last month’s first stage qualifier in San Diego, Jones tied for 17th and former Baylor teammate Ryan O’Rear was third at 12-under 268.
A first-team All-American in 2006, Baca was the runner-up at a first stage qualifier in The Woodlands and then tied for fifth at last week’s second stage in Plantation, Fla., shooting 11-under 273.
At the end of the year, the top 25 finishers on the Web.com Tour money-winning list earn their PGA Tour cards for the next season.