Players with strong local ties fall short at PGA Tour Champions Q-school
By Gary Baines – 12/10/2021
Two-time PGA Tour winner Jonathan Kaye, a part-time resident of Boulder, closed with a 67 and former Castle Pines resident Esteban Toledo finished in the top 20 at the final stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-school, but no players with strong Colorado connections earned a 2022 Champions card on Friday.
Only the top five finishers out of the 79-man field in Lutz, Fla., garnered fully exempt status through Q-school, and Toledo placed 16th, Kaye 47th and former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski 65th.
Toledo, a four-time Champions winner, started the week with a 66, but couldn’t keep up the momentum, shooting an even-par 71 on Friday for a 4-under 280 total.
Landing 2022 Champions cards were Rob Labritz (267), David Branshaw (270), Thongchai Jaidee (270), Roger Rowland (275) and Tom Gillis (276).
Kaye, a former University of Colorado golfer, overcame a double bogey and a bogey by recording seven birdies in his final-round 67. But going 74-75-75 in the previous rounds put him behind the 8 ball and he ended up at 7-over 291.
Meanwhile, Kalowski posted a final round 74 — despite six birdies — to check in at 298.
The scores of the competitors with major Colorado ties:
16. Former Castle Pines resident Esteban Toledo 66-71-72-71–280
47. Part-time Boulder resident Jonathan Kaye 74-75-75-67—291
65. Former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski 74-72-78-74–298
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