MacWhinnie rallies to gain Nationwide Tour status

Posted December 9, 2009 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Bobby MacWhinnie, Charlotte, NC, whose family lives in Upper St. Clair, rallied from a 76-74 start to gain full status on the Nationwide Tour in the PGA Tour Final Qualifying Rounds at Bear Lakes CC, West Palm Beach, Florida, December 2-7. His scores of 76-74-71-70-70-69 - 430 tied for 72nd. MacWhinnie also fired 68 in the final round of the PGA Tour's second stage to make it to the finals right on the number. The top 25 and ties received 2010 PGA Tour cards, so MacWhinnie's four final rounds of 280 enabled him to secure the Nationwide Tour spot.

Steve Wheatcroft, from Washington, PA, was t-48, with 74-79-73-73-72-68 - 428. He has secured his 2010 PGA Tour card by finishing 20th on the 2009 Nationwide Tour's money list.

Jon Mills, Indiana, PA, who had already gained his 2010 Nationwide Tour status, shot 78-71-71-72-71-71 - 438, tied for 98th.