Meet the Q-School grads: Haikou
March 21, 2014
By Laury Livsey, PGATOUR.COM
- Former San Diego State standout Todd Baek is among the 20 graduates from PGA TOUR China Series' Haikou Q-School. (Getty)
Meet the Q-School Grads
A look at the 20 graduates from PGA TOUR China’s second Q-School:
1. Alex Hawley, Australia
Hawley turned pro in 2012 and has made the PGA Tour of Australasia his primary home. He came back from a disappointing, injury-riddled season in 2013, where he made only one cut all year, to make the first two cuts of 2014 -- a tie for 20th at the Heritage Classic and a tie for 15th at the Victorian Open. His Heritage Classic was disappointing since he was only three shots off the lead through 54 holes but then fired a final-round 82.
2. Ray Beaufils, Australia
He played one partial season on the Web.com Tour, making one cut in 2010 (a tie for 47th at the Knoxville News Sentinel Open). Already this season, Beaufils has a top-10 to his credit, a tie for sixth at the Oates Victorian Open in Australia in February. He also appeared on the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Greenbrier.”
3. Todd Baek, South Korea
Baek was born in South Korea, grew up in New Zealand and attended college at San Diego State University in California. He turned pro in 2013 and played part-time on the Web.com Tour, making seven starts and three cuts. His best performance came at the WNB Golf Classic Classic in Midland, Texas. He opened that event with an even-par 72, then shot rounds of 68-67-70 to tie for seventh and take home $18,000. He also played the PGA TOUR’s Valero Texas Open, finishing 31st.
T4. Brett Drewitt, Australia
He opened his 2014 season with a third-place showing at the Victorian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia, a year after he played his first full season on that circuit. On back-to-back weeks in October of the 2013 season, he tied for 10th at the WA Golfields PGA Championship then came back with a tie for seventh at the WA Open Championship.
T4. Jeung Hun Wang, South Korea
He has played sparingly since turning pro, trying to find places to play. In 2013, his best finish was a tie for 52nd at the Korean Tour’s Gunsan Country Club Open. After an opening-round 70, he shot three consecutive 73s.
T6. Steve Dartnall, Australia
He has played one full-time Web.com Tour season, in 2011, and added in another 22 starts on the Tour between 2007 and 2010. He’s also made four PGA TOUR starts, including his first major appearance -- at the 2013 Open Championship, where he missed the cut. Before turning pro, the Perth native was at one time ranked as the world’s No. 1 amateur.
T6. Scott Barr, Australia
Barr is an Asian Tour veteran, with more than a dozen top-10s on his resume since 2007. Most recently, he finished third at the Sail-SBI Open. He began his career playing on the PGA Tour of Australasia but turned to teaching after a water skiing accident resulted in a neck injury. He served as a teaching professional at the Singapore Island Country Club but decided to return to touring action in 2003 after losing the Macau Open to Colin Montgomerie in a playoff.
T8. Bio Kim, South Korea
On the OneAsia Tour, Kim led the 2012 order of merit after winning US $380,745 in four starts, a season that included two victories. He won back-to-back titles in South Korea in May, at the Maekyung Open Golf Championship and the SK Telecom Open. Kim was also a two-year member of the Web.com Tour, in 2012 and 2013. On the Web.com Tour, he had two top-10s—at the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship (tied for fifth) and the 2012 Stadion Classic at UGA in Georgia (tied for seventh). At the TPC Stonebrae Championship, he played his final 54 holes at the California event in 13-under, including a final-round 63. He played the PGA TOUR in 2011, posting five top-25s in 25 starts, highlighted by a T-11 at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
T8. Jamie Arnold, Australia
A partially exempt Web.com Tour member in 2010, his best performance on that Tour is a tie for 40th at the 2013 Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan. He has played primarily on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour. His most-recent top-10s came at the 2011 Thailand Open (sixth) and earlier this season at the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic (third).
T8. Bryden Macpherson, Australia
The former University of Georgia All-American -- who was teammates with PGA TOUR players Hudson Swafford, Russell Henley and Harris English -- won the 2011 British Amateur. That victory led to invitations to the 2012 Masters Tournament and the Open Championship. He missed the cut in both tournaments. In seven Web.com Tour starts in 2013, Macpherson’s best finish was a tie for 50th at the Midwest Classic outside Kansas City. He also made three PGA TOUR Canada starts.
11. Chien Yao Hung, Taiwan
Hung played his rookie season on the Asian Tour in 2013 and finished 68th on the order of merit. In 16 tournaments, his best finish was an eighth-place performance at the Queen’s Cup. He also tied for 10th at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open. With a partial 2014 Asian Tour exemption, he’s played in one tournament, finishing 55th at the Solaire Open at Wack Wack Country Club in Manila.
12. Fei Hao Yang, Taiwan
A pro since 2012, Yang has played on the Asian Tour and the Asian Development Tour. In 2013, he tied for 21st at the Asian Development Tour’s Langkawi Masters.
13. Ji Hoon Lee, South Korea
He played his rookie season on the Korean Tour and also played select events on the OneAsia Tour. His best finish in his home country of South Korea was a tie for 29th at the Shinhan Donghae Open, and he also added a 44th-place performance at the Korean PGA Championship in August.
T14. Taeksoo Kim, South Korea
The South Korean, who grew up in Hawaii and attended Boise State University in Idaho, turned pro following his final year of college. The highlight of his amateur career was a runner-up finish at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Amateur at Bandon Dunes in Oregon. He finished regulation tied with four other players then lost in the playoff to fellow Hawaiian David Fink.
T14. Jung Ho Park, South Korea
He has been a professional since 2012, playing mainly on the Asian Tour and the Korean Tour. He tied for 60th at the Asian Tour’s Hildesheim Open in 2012. He finished 155th on the 2012 Korean Tour order of merit.
T14. Yi Keun Chang, South Korea
A former junior All-American in his youth, the South Korean-born, Diamond Bar, Calif.-raised Chang attended the University of Southern California for only one season before electing to turn pro. He attended the OneAsia Tour qualifying tournament in January, at the Industry Hills Golf Club’s Eisenhower Course in California. He earned his card when he tied for fourth after finishing regulation deadlocked with Brock MacKenzie, Corey Hale and Devin Daniels.
T17. Andrew Kelly, Australia
Already this season, Kelly has been in contention, shooting a final-round 67 at the Victorian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia to tie for fourth. A season earlier, his only top-10 was a tie for 10th at the WA Golfields PGA Championship in October, a year after he had his best finish as a professional at the same tournament. In 2012, he finished third.
T17. Shih Chang Chan, Taiwan
Chan broke through and won his first professional tournament when he captured the Asian Development Tour’s PGM-UMW Sabah Classic in 2013. He tied American James Bowen at the end of regulation then won the playoff on the third extra hole. He also played in 10 Asian Tour events and finished 96th on the order of merit.
T17. Nick Gillespie, Australia
Gillespie, a Wellington native, lost in a playoff at the Western Australia PGA Championship in 2013. He shot a final-round 69 to conclude regulation tied with Jack Wilson, with Wilson winning on the first playoff hole. Gillespie went on to finish 83rd on the PGA Tour of Australasia order of merit. His first win as a professional came during his rookie year of 2011, easily winning the Shirley Open in New Zealand by eight strokes over Richard Lee.
T17. Kook Hyan Kim, South Korea
In his first season as a pro, Kim was a Korean Tour mainstay, making eight starts. He added two starts on the OneAsia Tour at that circuit’s South Korea events. His best outing came in August, at the Korean PGA Championship, where an opening-round 71 led to a 16th-place finish.