Dec. 12, 2006
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State University golf All-America George McNeill won the PGA Tour qualifying tournament and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2007 season. He earned his tour card for the first time in his career as he won the individual title in the qualifying event which was played on the PGA West’s Stadium Course at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif., on Dec. 4.
McNeill earned $50,000 for his five shot victory over Robert Garrigus. He is the top ranked qualifier of the 61 players who have recently earned their tour cards through the Q-School of the Nationwide Tour. McNeill finished with a 23-under par score of 409 for the six-round event.
McNeil earned All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC honors as a senior in 1998 as he led the Seminoles to an appearance in the NCAA East Regional Championship. During his career, he led Florida State to the NCAA Tournament three times in four seasons. McNeil was ranked 26th in the individual national rankings as a senior in 1998.
McNeill finished his senior season with a team-leading stroke average of 72.38 in 32 rounds. He finished the year with one tournament victory, three top five finishes and nine top 20 finishes in 11 tournaments. Shooting a three-round total of 207, McNeill captured his first career tournament victory at the Tennessee Tournament of Championships in October. McNeill also led the ACC with 11 sub-par rounds and was second with six rounds in the 60’s.
McNeill helped the Seminoles to a fourth place finish in the 1996 ACC Championship as he finished second in the individual standings with a three-round score of 207. He then helped Florida State to a top-30 finish at the NCAA Championships as the Seminoles earned a 27th place national finish.
The 2007 PGA Tour schedule begins with the Mercedes Benz Championship at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii.