April 2 2013
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.com Contributor
Former San Diego State golfer Todd Baek shot 7-under 65 to earn medalist honors in the Monday qualifier for the Valero Texas Open at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas.
The low score in the field didn’t come as a surprise to some who have followed the 21-year-old South Korean’s young career. Two years ago, Baek carded a 25 in nine holes during a practice round at Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista, Calif., where he had three eagles, five birdies and a par before finishing with a 60 that day.Mathias Gronberg, Conrad Shindler and Zack Fischer all shot 66 and secured spots after a four-hole playoff that also included Cole Howard.
Gronberg birdied the third extra hole after hitting his tee shot to 6 feet on the par 3.
Schindler and Fischer made par on the fourth extra hole, while Howard was eliminated with a bogey.
Gronberg's best finish on the PGA TOUR came in 2007 when he tied for third at the Valero Texas Open. The 43-year-old Swede has also won four times on the European Tour.
The last time Shindler participated in a PGA TOUR event he did so as a caddie for his longtime friend and 2004 British Open winner Todd Hamilton.
The 24-year-old Irving, Texas native was part of the 2009 Texas A&M golf team that won the NCAA Championship.
Fischer, a 22-year-old former University of Texas-Arlington golfer, is making his TOUR debut.