Congratulations to the Lucas Lee who just graduated from the Web.com Tour to The PGA Tour for 2016. He finished 23rd on the season long money list in 2015 where the top 25 players earn their PGA Tour Cards. He made the best of his invite to the Web.com Tours Brazil Championship by shooting all four rounds in the 60s. Lucas finished 21st and could then could play in the next weeks tournaments by virtue of his top 25 finish. He then earned enough money from his high finishes to earn fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour. Lucas finished runner up in the Greater Dallas Open with a blistering bogey free 65 to finish T2. In Cleveland at the Rust-Oleum Championship Lucas was tied for 42nd going into the weekend and then fired 63 on Saturday to move to 7th going into Sunday. On Sunday Lucas went out in 34 and then made 4 birdies in a row before a double at the par5 14th hole could have de railed him. I am proud of the way that he fought back from that double bogey and made a clutch 12 foot par putt at 16 to steady the ship and then birdied 17 and 18 to finish one stroke back of Shane Bertsch. This moved him into 16th on the money list at the time and sent him on his way to the PGA Tour. He finished #1 on the Web.com Tour in Putts/Hole with 1.68 for the year. Lucas was also #1 in Birdie Conversion Percentage with 38.3. Lucas played his College Golf at UCLA. Lucas also worked with us at Plaza Golf while he was in High School. I am looking forward to watching him on the PGA Tour in 2016. Unfortunately Lucas wasn’t able to keep his card for the 2017 season. Lucas after taking a year off is off to play in Asia in 2018. I encouraged him to play his own game so we shall see. All the best !
Congratulations to S.J. Park who earned his PGA Tour Card in 2015 by finishing in the Top 50 on the Web.Com Tour in 2014. I predicted he would make it for sure to the PGA Tour earlier in the year. I didn’t realize how tough it is out there. When I first saw him hit balls I pegged him as a “sure thing” to make it to the PGA Tour and he barely made it in on the number. He had to make a couple birdies on his last nine on the final day of the Web.Com Tour Championship to get in. I met Sung-Joon Park in January of 2014 ( He goes by SJ ). I Googled him after meeting him and found out that at the time he was currently Ranked 96th in the World Rankings. In 2013 he won once on the Japan Tour with some runner-up and earned many top tens and finished 5th on the Japanese Tour Money list in 2013. As of 8-30-2015 SJ finished 140th on the PGA Your Money list. By finishing 140th on the money list he qualifies in 126th-150th on the 2015 PGA Tour money list so he will receive 1 of 25 Conditional cards available for 2016. He unfortunately had an injury to his rotator cuffs in 2016 and has been doing a lot of rehab in. He is using his medical exemption so he can still play in 2018 if healthy but his shoulders are still an issue. Hope he gets healthy soon. I will be ready to help when he’s ready to go health wise.
I.J. Jang was in April with a new set of irons before the 2015 season on the Japan Tour. He had a set that was adjusted by the company but were way off. I adjust them but it was a lot of extra work to bend the club back to standard before trying to bend them correctly. When I finished I asked him to please get me a another set that hasn’t been bent yet by the factory. I explained to him that I wanted a “blank canvas” that I could adjust correctly from the start. So a week later he showed up with another new set from the factory that was un adjusted. I was stoked. I “dialed” them in for him, we went 1 degree flat on the lies and 1 degree strong on the lofts and they looked great. Well I was wondering how he would like them and I got my answer today when a mutual friend told me today that he won the second event of the year and as of 5-11-15 he is the leading money winner on the Japan Tour so far in 2015-2016 season.
Go get em I.J.
Congratulations to our very own Demi Runas from UC Davis for improving on her conditional status for the 2017 LPGA Tour season by a strong finish at the end of 2016. I think this will continue into 2017 and expect to see her with Full status in 2018. Demi missed her card in December 2017 but she still has some status. I played with her in November and she is hitting the ball long and solid and I was totally impressed with her game. I still expect her to do well in 2018.
Congratulations to Whee Kim who also got his PGA Tour Card via the Web.Com Tour for 2015. He was outside the top 72 going into the last regular season event and finished T26 that put him inside the number to qualify for the “Finals on the Web.Com Playoffs”. At the third tournament he made a big move shooting 68 Saturday and 69 Sunday to finish by T3 and that finish locked up a top 50 spot for his PGA Tour Card for 2015 I worked with him just a little bit last year with some Titleist irons. He has full status now in 2018 and is playing well with a second place finish already in the wrap around 2017-2018 PGA TOUR season.
P.K. Kongkraphan who is from Thailand has earned her full exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2015. I helped her this last year with her putter by adjusting her putter to 2 degrees of loft and 3 degrees flat which seems to be the winning formula. I am looking forward to see her name on the leaderboard this season and watch her progress. She switched to graphite shafted irons in 2016 and did not play well so I encouraged her to go back to steel. She is one of the longest players on the LPGA and does not need graphite in the irons for sure. We will have to see how 2016 treats her. Good luck P.K.
All of these fine players have benefited from the “Hanging Method” I am proud of each and every one of them and can’t wait to watch these players next year on the PGA and LPGA Tours and follow their hopefully long careers. I am happy to have helped them to get to this point and will be available whenever they need me.
The Club Whisperer