Dec. 14, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Former Florida State University golfer Ken Staton earned his PGA Tour card Dec. 9 at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in West Palm Beach. Staton was an All-America and led the Seminoles to a seventh-place team finish at the NCAA championship tournament in 1995.
Staton finished tied for second with a six-round score of 26-under at the PGA Tour Qualifying event last week. En route to this feat, Staton tied the Bear Lakes Country Club course record in one round with a 63. He finished one stroke behind first-place finisher Pat Perez in the tournament that is generally considered the most grueling of all golf tournaments. The top 36 players and ties earned their PGA cards for 2002.
Former FSU coach Dr. Ernie Langford had great things to say about Staton: “We held our strength/fitness program for the golf team at six in the morning. Ken would start his workout at 5 a.m., and then do additional work when the remainder of the team arrived at six. With this determination, work ethic and talent he demonstrated, you knew he would be successful.”
Staton’s FSU career was highlighted by being the individual leader after two days of the 1995 NCAA Championships. FSU finished seventh in the event.