3 Out of the Lead

AFA grad Whitney vaults into top 15 at final stage of Korn Ferry Q-school

By Gary Baines – 12/14/2019

Like an Air Force jet, Tom Whitney has soared up the scoreboard the last two day at the final stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-school.

Which seems only appropriate given that Whitney is a proud alum of the Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs.

The former Fort Collins resident backed up the second-round 63 that he shot on Friday with a 5-under-par 66 on Saturday in Winter Garden, Fla., leaving him in 11th place with one round remaining.

Considering that after round 1 Whitney was in 130th place out of the 154-player field, it’s been quite a ride.

After shooting a 2-over-par 73 in the first round, Whitney has made 16 birdies and two bogeys in the last 36 holes. His 12-under-par 202 total overall leaves him just three strokes behind leader Curtis Thompson of the U.S., older brother of Lexi Thompson.

Whitney already has conditional status on the KF Tour locked up by virtue of finishing second on the 2019 PGA Tour Latinoamerica money list, but is hoping to improve that status this week.

The medalist this week will be fully exempt for the entire 2020 season on the Korn Ferry Tour. Those finishing second through 10th and ties will be exempt for at least the first dozen events of next year. And those who place 11th through 40th and ties will earn starts in at least the first eight tournaments of 2020. The remaining finishers will have conditional status next year.

Here are the scores for all the Q-school finalists with strong Colorado ties:

11. Former Fort Collins resident and Air Force Academy golfer Tom Whitney 73-63-66—202

145. Denver resident Michael Schoolcraft 73-71-74–218

145. Former CSU golfer Colton Yates 70-75-73–218

For all the results from Q-school, CLICK HERE.