Web.Com Qualifying Final Next for Nagy, Aylwin

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Former A-Sun men's golf standouts Matt Nagy and Kevin Aylwin begin play in the Final Stage of the 2013 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, Dec. 12-17, at the Stadium and Nicklaus Courses at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

Nagy and Aylwin join the field of 152 hopeful golfers. As the path to the PGA TOUR, the initial goal of every player at the Qualifying Tournament is to earn a Web.com Tour card for next year, with the ultimate goal being to secure one of the 50 TOUR cards now available annually via the Web.com Tour.

Nagy, who competed for the Owls from 2007-2012 and twice earned Atlantic Sun Conference All-Conference honors, advanced on the number at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Miss., Nov. 19-22. Nagy fired a bogey-free 32 on his back nine of the final round and played his final four holes 3-under par, including a birdie on No. 6 and eagle on the par-5 seventh hole. Nagy tied for 16th place in a field that included 76 players after carding rounds of 75-69-71-66 for a 7-under par 72-hole total of 281.

Former North Florida standout Kevin Aylwin also advanced out of the second stage qualifying on the number at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club in Plantation, Fla., Nov. 19-22. Aylwin finished six-under-par with scores of 69-67-72-70/278. Aylwin finished in a tie for 19th in a field that also included 76 players.

Aylwin competed for North Florida from 2011-12 and was a two-time A-Sun All-Conference First-Team performer and twice participated in the NCAA Championships with the Ospreys.

In 2013, the PGA TOUR significantly changed its qualifying process. Through 2012, the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament offered 25 PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming season, with an additional 25 being awarded to the 25 leading money winners on the Web.com Tour. All Qualifying Tournament finalists would earn TOUR status; the top 50 and ties on the PGA TOUR and all others on the Web.com Tour.

That changed with the announcement last year that all 50 TOUR cards would come through the Web.com Tour beginning this year, and that the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament would become the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, with all of its Finalists earning a place on the Web.com Tour for the next year.

The path to this year’s Qualifying Tournament Final has included Pre-Qualifying, First and Second Stages, and now the Finals, with certain players able to forego various stages based on applicable exemptions.

Tournament Format

All competitors are scheduled to play 108 holes (6 rounds), 54 holes (three rounds) on each course. Play for all 6 rounds will be in threesomes to extent possible starting from the 1st and 10th tees on both courses. For the first and second rounds contestants will play in the same grouping playing one round on each course.

Third round groupings and starting times will be based on 36-hole scores. The field will be split into approximate equal portions. Competitors in the low (lowest scores) portion of the field will play the remote course in round three and the host course in round four. Competitors in the high (highest scores) portion of the field will play the host course in round three and the remote course in round four.

After 54 holes competitors will be regrouped within the portion of the field they played in round three based on 54 holes scores. Competitors that played the remote course in round three will play the host course in round four and competitors that played the host course in round three will play the remote course in round four. The lowest scores in each portion of the field will play in the last group off the 1st tee and the highest score in each portion of the field will play in the last off the 10th tee.

Fifth round groupings and starting times will be based on 72-hole scores. The field will be split into approximate equal portions. Competitors in the low (lowest scores) portion of the field will play the remote course in round five and the host course in round six and competitors in the high (highest scores) portion of the field will play the host course in round five and the remote course in round six.

After 90 holes competitors will be regrouped within the portion of the field they played in round five based on 90 holes scores. Competitors that played the remote course in round five will play the host course in round six and competitors that played the host course in round five will play the remote course in round six. The lowest scores in each portion of the field will play in the last group off the 1st tee and the highest score in each portion of the field will play in the last group off the 10th tee.

Web.com Tour membership

After the conclusion of play in the Final Qualifying Stage the contestants in the Final Qualifying Stage will be eligible for 2014 Web.com Tour membership, unless the PGA TOUR, in its sole discretion, elects not to award a membership based on other factors. Contestants who are; under the age of 18; an amateur; or do not become members will be included to determine the following categories as described in the Web.com Tour Tournament Regulations.

> Category 2a: Winner and ties of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament Medalist - exempt for the 2014 season and from periodic re-order. 

> Category 4: Players finishing after the Winner and ties through tenth and ties position - exempt until the third periodic re-order of the 2014 season.

> Category 4a: Players finishing after the tenth and ties position through forty-fifth and ties position - exempt until the second periodic re-order of the 2014 season.

> Category 18: Players after the forty-fifth and ties position - conditional status for the 2014 season, alternating with seventy-sixth through one hundredth (76-100) positions from the Web.com Tour Regular Season.

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