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For a number of professional golfers, the path to a PGA Tour card in 2014 will begin in West Palm Beach. That’s because Bear Lakes Country Club has been chosen by the PGA Tour as one of the first-stage venues for the Tour’s Qualifying School.
Held September 9-13, Bear Lakes will welcome 80 players who will all hope to accomplish their dream of playing professionally on the PGA Tour. About one third of the field is expected to advance from the 54-hole stroke play event. Those who advance from Bear Lakes event will then have to survive three more stages with the Q-School final being held in La Quinta, California in December. The top 50 finishers in the California final will earn their PGA Tour cards.
This will be the first year of the new PGA Tour qualifying system. Unlike years past, where golfers successful in Q-School went straight to the PGA Tour, starting this year they will start off on the Web.com tour. The Web.com tour is the PGA Tour’s developmental tour that awards the top-25 golfers in the final standings each year membership on the PGA Tour.
Bear Lakes hosted PGA Tour qualifying school in 1995, 2001 and 2009. Players such as Loxahatchee River resident Rickie Fowler and Boo Weekley earned their PGA Tour cards there. This year’s qualifying tournament will be held of the Links course.
The deadline to register for the qualifying tournament at Bear Lakes Country Club is August 7. For more information or to register visit the PGA Tour’s website at www.pgatour.com.