Dec. 4, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Two former Michigan State men's golfers - Randall Hutchison and Matt Harmon - advanced to the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, competing at the PGA West TPC Stadium Course in LaQuinta, Calif., over the past week. After the six rounds, Hutchison tied for 73rd to earn full-time status on the Web.com Tour, while Harmon (tie for 146th) has strong conditional status on the Web.com Tour based on his play on the Tour last season.
"We are proud of the progress Matt and Randall have made as they chase their dream of playing the PGA Tour," said Michigan State head coach Casey Lubahn. "Each of them have worked tirelessly and represented themselves with class and humility. Additionally, they are proud Spartans and stay in touch with the program during their travels. I join, with all Spartans, in wishing them much success next year on Tour."
The top-25 finishers and ties received their PGA Tour card, while the next 50 and ties earned full-time Web.com Tour cards. The remaining finishers are conditional Web.com Tour members for advancing through the first three rounds of PGA Q-School.
Hutchison finished the week at 10-under par 422 (73-74-68-70-69-68), while Harmon shot 1-over par 433 (74-74-73-68-76-68).
Hutchison, a Traverse City native, was a four-time letterwinner at Michigan State from 2005-09. A first-team All-Big Ten and PING All-Midwest Region selection as a junior, Hutchison finished his Spartan career ranked seventh on the career scoring list at 74.94.
Hutchison Monday qualified for the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic earlier this year, tying for 45th after shooting an 8-under par 276 in his second career PGA Tour event. He mainly played on the NGA Professional Tour this past year, finishing the year fourth on the money list ($68,365.33). He had nine top-20 finishes, including five top-10 showings, in 15 NGA events this year. This winter, Hutchison won the MetroWest Golf Club Classic on the NGA Winter Series Tour, and had top-15 finishes in the other two tournaments in preparation for Q-School.
A 2007 third-team All-American, Harmon is second in Michigan State history in career scoring average at 73.51, while owning three of the top-15 lowest single-season marks. He helped the Spartans to two Big Ten Championships (2005 and 2007), placing third individually as a senior in 2007.
Harmon spent most of last season on the Web.com Tour, finishing the year 64th on the money list ($88,533). In 16 events, he had four top-25 showings, including a tie for second at the TPC Stonebrae Championship.