Steve Wheatcroft finishes t-7 in Colombia

Posted March 5, 2013 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Steve Wheatcroft competing in the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach (photo courtesy of the United States Golf Association)

Washington, PA, native Steve Wheatcroft moved to 12th on the Web.Com Tour's money list with a seventh place tie in its competition at the CC de Bogota, Colombia, February 28-March 3. He shot 66-69-69-71--275, while former UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay won his first Web.Com tournament.

Wheatcroft, who did not maintain his PGA Tour card last year, is off to a good start in an effort to return to the PGA Tour for his fourth time since he first played the Nationwide Tour in 2005. He has advanced to the PGA Tour previously due to top finishes on the Nationwide Tour money list. This is his first season on the renamed 2012 Web.Com Tour. His winnings for two events are just under $26,000.

Wheatcroft has shown persistence since his college days. A walk-on at the Big Ten's Indiana University in 1998, he worked his way first into the starting line-up for the Hoosiers, then went on to make the All Big-Ten Team his senior year. A regular contender in WPGA championships a decade ago, he caddied at Oakmont and worked in the golf shop at Southpointe while competing. After turning professional in 2002, Wheatcroft won the 2004 West Penn Open at Westmoreland, with 67-67--134, among the best scores in the championship's history. He qualified for the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach and made the cut. Wheatcroft won a Nationwide Tour event in 2011 with a record breaking score, enabling him to finish in the top twenty on the money list, then playing the PGA Tour last season.