Gordon Sargent Creates PGA Tour History by Earning His Card at Vanderbilt

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Gordon Sargent Creates PGA Tour History by Earning His Card at Vanderbilt

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In a historic moment, 20-year-old Vanderbilt junior Gordon Sargent has become the first player to secure PGA Tour membership through the PGA Tour University Accelerated program. Sargent clinched his 20th and final point while competing at the Men’s World Amateur Team Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Sargent’s path to PGA Tour membership will be realized after the 2024 NCAA National Championship in Carlsbad, California, following his transition to professional status. Opting for this route will grant him eligibility for open-full-field events throughout the 2024 season, including the FedEx Cup Fall, and secure his position as a Tour member for the 2025 season.

The PGA Tour University Accelerated program, introduced in November 2022, serves as a gateway for high-achieving underclassmen (juniors, sophomores, or freshmen) to attain PGA Tour membership. Players accumulate points based on their achievements in college, amateur, and professional golf. Earning a minimum of 20 points by the conclusion of their third year of NCAA eligibility qualifies them for Tour membership.

Currently ranked second in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Sargent earned his 20 points through a series of noteworthy accomplishments.

  • Oct. 18, 2023 – Represented the United States at the World Amateur Team Championships (1 point)
  • Sep. 2, 2023 – Represented the United States at the Walker Cup (2 points)
  • July 7, 2023 – Made the cut in a PGA TOUR event at the John Deere Classic (1 point)
  • June 16, 2023 – Made the cut at a major championship at the U.S. Open (1 point)
  • June 15, 2023 – Participated in a major championship start at the U.S. Open (1 point)
  • June 8, 2023 – Represented the United States at the Arnold Palmer Cup (1 point)
  • April 6, 2023 – Participated in a major championship start at the Masters Tournament (1 point)
  • Feb. 15, 2023 – Attained the No. 1 spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (5 points)
  • Aug. 31, 2022 – Represented the United States at the World Amateur Team Championships (1 point)
  • July 1, 2022 – Represented the United States at the Arnold Palmer Cup (1 point)
  • June 1, 2022 – Earned the 2022 NCAA Division I Outstanding Freshman Award (2 points)
  • May 30, 2022 – Secured individual medalist honors at the NCAA Championship (3 points)

Notably, Ludvig Aberg was the first to earn a Tour card through PGA Tour University, with subsequent victories on the DP World Tour, a recent playoff loss at the Sanderson Farms Championship, and a role in the victorious European Ryder Cup team in Rome last month.

About the Men’s World Amateur Team: In 1958, the United States Golf Association and The R&A joined forces to sponsor a global amateur golf team event, played biennially in non-Walker Cup years. Initially featuring teams from 35 to 40 nations, the competition evolved, with the World Amateur Golf Council (now the International Golf Federation) overseeing the event. Teams of four players from each nation competed over 72 holes, with the best three scores per round contributing. The first competition, held at St Andrews, saw Australia emerge as winners in a play-off against the United States. In 2002, the format was adjusted to teams of three, with the top two scores per round counting.

Reference

https://www.amateurgolf.com/golf-tournament-news/30612/Gordon-Sargent-of-Vanderbilt-earned-his-PGA-Tour-card–making-history-doing-so

https://sports.yahoo.com/gordon-sargent-earned-pga-tour-140017412.html

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