Brian Decker – PGA media official
April 14, 2013, Beaumont, CA (ISN) – With a closing six-under par 66, Guatemala’s José Toledo earned medalist honours at PGA TOUR Canada Q-School Friday, finishing with a 15-under par total and a four-shot victory over Brady Schnell.
The 26-year old also claimed medalist honours at PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Peru Q-School this year, setting up the opportunity for a full schedule of events this year.
“This is what I was looking for this week,” said Toledo. “Now I can set up the rest of my year. I’m very excited.” With status on both tours, Toledo has two chances to finish inside the top five on either Order of Merit, as well as the chance to earn Official World Golf Ranking points.
“I would love to play for my country. Guatemala has never had a gold medal in the Olympics” said Toledo, who is looking to represent his country in both the 2016 Olympics and the World Cup of Golf, an event he played in two years ago with countryman Pablo Acuna.
Toledo was one of 33 players to finish Saturday morning after play was called due to darkness Friday evening. Toledo’s first shot of the day was a seven-foot putt for birdie, a putt he calmly rolled in on the way to victory.
“I’m going to get to play 25-30 events this year, which is great. I’ve never played that many events,” said Toledo. “I’m really excited for the season”
Schnell loses battle of former medalists, but gets card: Toledo wasn’t the only player in contention looking to duplicate a past Q-School victory. Spencer, Iowa’s Brady Schnell was the Q-School medalist at the 2009 PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament, and came into final round as the 54-hole leader. A final round 74 dropped him 11-under par, still good enough for second place.
Playoff determines exempt cards: With 20 exempt cards available, six players finished in a tie for 18th at three-under par, forcing a subsequent playoff for three spots. Marysville, Ohio’s Stephen Gangluff, looking to make it back to the Tour he once dominated in winning the 2006 Order of Merit, survived along with Argentina’s Alan Wagner, a 2012 PGA TOUR Latinamérica winner, and Danville, California’s Jeff Hamm. Bentley Nakasawa, Alex Kang and Conrad Shindler earned non-exempt status.
Full results are attached in this email.
Final round movers: Several players used solid final rounds to move inside the number for exempt cards, led by Murrieta, California’s Josh Anderson, who jumped from one-under to and a tie for sixth at seven-under par. Also moving into exempt status with sub-60 rounds were Gangluff (67) and Wagner along with Fargo, North Dakota’s Josh Persons (68).
Membership count: 46 total players earned status at Q-School this week, bringing the total 2013 membership to 212 players including 74 Canadians (34.9%), 118 Americans (55.7%) and players from 17 other countries.