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Monday qualifiers: Valero Texas Open

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Monday Qualifiers


    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    The Valero Texas Open offered the opportunity for golfers to play their way into the field at TPC San Antonio via a Monday qualifier. Alex Welch claimed low medalist at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, with a 6-under 66. Tom Adrounie and PGA TOUR winner Adam Long each carded 5-under 67s, to earn spots in the field at TPC San Antonio. Peter Kuest achieved the final spot in the field overcoming a 5-for-1 playoff to punch his ticket for the Valero Texas Open.

    Click here for all scores from Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club.

    Alex Welch (6-under 66)

    Age: 23
    Hometown: League City, Texas
    PGA TOUR starts: 0

    Notes: Carded six birdies in a bogey-free 6-under day around Fair Oaks … Will be making his first start on the PGA TOUR. … Works at his family’s hardware store in the Houston area, where he plays out of Magnolia Creek Golf Club, practicing after his shifts. … Played collegiately for Texas A&M-Commerce but hasn’t found success on minitours and had to get through a pre-qualifier just to make it to his first Monday qualifier.

    Adam Long (5-under 67)

    Age: 36
    Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
    Alma mater: Duke University
    PGA TOUR starts: 153
    Cuts made: 80
    Best PGA TOUR finish: First, 2019 The American Express

    Notes: Made an eagle and five birdies en route to a 5-under 67… Made the cut at last week’s Texas Children’s Houston Open, the only cut he has made this season on TOUR in four starts.

    Tom Adrounie (5-under 67)

    Age: 34
    Hometown: Orlando, Florida
    PGA TOUR starts: 1
    Cuts made: 0

    Notes: Eagled the first hole at Fair Oaks for a 5-under 67 … Previous PGA TOUR start was at 2023 Puerto Rico Open … Teed it up twice on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. … Took an allergy pill the night before last year’s Valero Monday qualifier and slept through his 8 a.m. tee time. “My alarm was going off, my wife was calling me, and, uh, yeah, I missed that one,” he said. “… Probably the worst day of my golfing career, but to make it through today is really cool.”

    Tom Adrounie on missed tee time at Valero open qualifier last year to qualifying

    Peter Kuest (4-under 68; advanced via playoff)

    Age: 25
    Hometown: American Fork, Utah
    Alma mater: BYU
    PGA TOUR starts: 21
    Cuts made: 11
    Best PGA TOUR finish: T4, 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic

    Notes: Prevailed in a 5-for-1 playoff to secure the final spot in the Valero field … Birdied the second playoff hole making a 25-foot putt … Made one cut so far in six starts during the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season … Advanced from a 4-for-3 playoff at the open qualifier for the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic and went on to finish T4, his first career top-10 on TOUR.

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