Spring 1977 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates

This is a list of Spring 1977 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates. The event was held at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.[1] The tournament was 108 holes long.[2] 415 players were in the field. Due to the size of the field the first three days, Tuesday through Thursday, included the addition of the No. 3 course and No. 5 course at Pinehurst. The No. 2 course would be used exclusively afterwards. After 54 holes the field was expected to be reduced to 120 players. After 72 holes it was expected to be reduced to 70 players. This was scheduled to be the last qualifying school to be held "under the present one-site format." Sections and regional qualifying branches were expected to be added for the next qualifying school in the fall.[1]

The overall sequence of qualifying changed from previous q-schools. Before this year's tournament there would be 39 rounds of sectional qualifying ("PGA sections") followed by regional qualifying and then national qualifying.[3]

Curtis Strange, who missed qualifying by one stroke at Fall 1976 PGA Tour Qualifying School, was considered to be "the head of the class." Another notable golfer in the field included former Walker Cup player Phil Hancock who also missed qualifying by one stroke from the previous year. Other notable golfers in the field included Bob Byman, one of Strange's teammates at Wake Forest, Greg Powers, Beau Baugh, and Lance Suzuki. Well-known international players included Canada's Bob Panasik and New Zealand's Simon Owen.[1]

Lance Suzuki was the leader after three-round midway point of the tournament. However, he "faltered" during the fourth round's back nine to allow Curtis Strange and Bill Pelham to take the lead.[4] Suzuki, however, "finished with a flourish," shooting a final round 66 (−6), including consecutive birdies between the 14th and 17th holes. He finished in second place.[5] Hancock and Wayne Levi were in a duel for medallist. However, Hancock birdied the 14th and 16th holes "to overtake Levi."[6] Hancock finished with a 69 (−3) to earn medallist honors at 417 (−14), one ahead of Suzuki and Levi.[7][8] Overall the cut-off to graduate was at one-under-par 430.[9]

A few notable players missed qualifying by a small margin. This included the professional Skeeter Heath. He opened well with rounds of 68-71-68. This put him in a tie for 8th place, four back of the lead, well within the cut-off number. However, he followed with rounds of 74 and 75 to put himself in a tie for 17th place, in danger of not qualifying. In the final round he shot a 76 to miss qualifying by two strokes.[2] In addition, Bob Byman and his brother Ed Byman both missed qualifying by a shot.[10]

# Player Notes
1 United States Phil Hancock Winner of 1975 and 1976 Southeastern Conference individual title
T2 United States Lance Suzuki
United States Wayne Levi
4 United States Curtis Strange Winner of 1974 NCAA Division I Championship
5 United States Bill Pelham
6 United States Tom Tatum
T7 United States Brady Miller Winner of 1973-74 Southwest Conference Fall Championships
United States Tim Simpson Winner of 1976 Southern Amateur
T9 United States Ron Milanovich
United States Pat McDonald
United States Dave Sheff
12 United States Skip Dunaway
T13 United States Jack Renner Winner of 1973 U.S. Junior Amateur
United States Wren Lum
United States Alan Pate
United States Terry Catlett
United States David Brownlee
T18 United States D. A. Weibring
United States Kim Young
T20 United States Tommy Valentine Winner of 1970 Southeastern Conference individual title
United States Jack Spradlin
United States David Thore
T23 United States Jim Chancey
United States Wayne Peddy
United States Terry Mauney

Source: [11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "10 Locals Enter PGA Qualifying". The Charlotte Observer. 1977-05-29. p. 73. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  2. ^ a b "Dream Didn't Come True, Heath Picking Up The Pieces". Kingsport News. 1977-06-07. p. 5. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  3. ^ "He finds fast ladies - on course". Progress Bulletin. 1977-01-30. p. 22. Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  4. ^ "BYU Alum, Fought, Leads Test". The Salt Lake Tribune. 1977-06-04. p. 25. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  5. ^ "Suzuki's Second Earns PGA Card". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 1977-06-06. p. 25. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  6. ^ "Strange Places 4th For PGA Tour Card". Daily Press. 1977-06-06. p. 18. Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  7. ^ "Hancock Earns PGA Card". The Atlanta Constitution. 1977-06-06. p. 25. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  8. ^ "Hancock heads qualifiers". Tampa Bay Times. 1977-06-06. p. 31. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  9. ^ "Dunaway Gets PGA Tour Card". The Charlotte Observer. 1977-06-06. p. 29. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  10. ^ "PGA School: Golf Horror Chamber". The Charlotte Observer. 1977-11-09. p. 30. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  11. ^ Gould, David (1999). Q-School Confidential: Inside Golf's Cruelest Tournament. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0312203559.