By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Former Texas Longhorn Charlie Holland shot a 6-under par 66 at the Windyke Country Club East Course in Memphis Sunday to earn medalist honors and qualify for this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA TOUR.
The normal Monday qualifier took place on Sunday this week to accommodate golfers who also may have been participating in sectional U.S. Open qualifying on Monday. Holland, a 27-year-old Dallas native missed the cut in his PGA TOUR debut three weeks ago in the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Chip Deason (67), Trent Whitekiller (67), and Vince Covello (68) also secured qualifier spots for the FedEx St. Jude Classic with Covello having to win a nine-man playoff to earn his way in.
Deason, a 39-year-old former Alabama golfer, has one cut made in three starts on PGA TOUR in his career. He has not made a start on the PGA TOUR or Web.com Tour since 2008 and spent much of last year playing mini-tours.
The 27-year-old Whitekiller, who played at Oklahoma State, is making his first PGA TOUR start. He tied for 31st and 47th in back-to-back years in the Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr Pepper on the Web.com Tour (2010, 2011).
Covello, a 29-year-old Web.com Tour rookie, tied for 27th at the 2012 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament and missed earning his PGA TOUR card by one shot. Covello was born in Philadelphia and played golf at the University of North Florida near where he now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.