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Q School: The Class of 2011

December 05, 2011

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Brendon Todd, who played the PGA Tour in 2009, shot a second consecutive 68 on Monday to earn medalist honors and $50,000 at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West here.

Among those who earned PGA Tour cards for 2012 were Seung-yul Noh, a 20-year-old from South Korea and former PGA Tour winners Bob Estes, Jeff Maggert and Vaughn Taylor. Among those who missed were Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, who finished T109; David Duval (T72); Lee Janzen (T38) and Ty Tryon (158th).

Twenty-nine PGA Tour cards were issued. Here is the class of 2011:

BRENDON TODD: 26...Played the PGA Tour in 2009 and finished 186th on the money list...Won once on the Nationwide Tour...Was on an NCAA championship team at the University of Georgia.

STEPHEN GANGLUFF: 36...Member of the PGA Tour in 2002 and the Nationwide Tour in four of the ensuing nine years...Played at Ohio State.

BOBBY GATES: 25...Three-putted his final hole of 2011 tour season to finish 126th on the money list, forcing a return to Q School...A Texas A&M graduate.

SEUNG-YUL NOH: 20...from South Korea...Won the 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open at 18 years, 282 days to become the second youngest winner in European Tour history at the time(Danny Lee, 18 years, 212 days held the record that has since been broken by Matteo Manassero).

TOMMY BIERSHENK: 38...Will be a PGA Tour rookie in 2012...Played five years on the Nationwide Tour, most recently in 2011, when he finished 33rd on the money list.

VAUGHN TAYLOR: 35...A two-time winner on the PGA Tour (the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2004 and '05)...Has earned more than $10 million, but lost his card in 2011 after seven straight seasons of earning $1 million or more.

JARROD LYLE: 30...Native Australian...Has played the PGA Tour the last three years without retaining his card...Won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008.

BOB ESTES: 45...Joined the PGA Tour in 1989...Won four tournaments and nearly $20 million.

BRIAN HARMAN: 24...2003 U.S. Junior Amateur champion...Won two tournaments at the University of Georgia...Played on two U.S. Walker Cup teams.

MARCO DAWSON: 48...Has played 13 seasons on the PGA Tour, the first in 1991...Best finish was second in the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1995...Won once on the Nationwide Tour.

SONG-MOON BAE: 25...From South Korea...Won three times on the Japan Golf Tour in 2011...Has three Asian Tour victories.

KEVIN KISNER: 27...PGA Tour member in 2011 and finished 181st on the money list...Played on Georgia's NCAA championship team in 2005...Won the Mylan Classic on the Nationwide Tour in 2010.

ROBERTO CASTRO: 26...Finished 20th on the Nationwide Tour to earn his 2011 PGA Tour card...Played Q School in attempt to improve his status on the tour...Played college golf at Georgia Tech.

WILLIAM MCGIRT: 32...Finished second at Q School in 2010...Finished 141st on the PGA Tour money list in 2011, his rookie year...Played the Nationwide Tour in 2010.

JEFF MAGGERT: 47...Joined the PGA Tour in 1990 and has three victories and $17,299,336 in earnings...Finished out of the top 125 on the money list in three of the last four years...Had shoulder surgery in 2011.

CHARLIE BELJAN: 27...Has played the Gateway Tour since 2007, won eight times and was the leading money winner twice...Played college golf at the University of New Mexico.

HARRIS ENGLISH: 22...In July, won the Children's Hospital Invitational, to become only the third amateur to win a Nationwide Tour event...Played on the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team...Played college golf at Georgia.

PATRICK SHEEHAN: 42...Played six years on the PGA Tour, the last in 2009...Has won twice on the Nationwide Tour...College teammate of Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic at the University of Hartford.

SCOTT DUNLAP: 48...Has played the Nationwide Tour full-time since 2005, winning twice...Spent six years on the PGA Tour...finished third three times on PGA Tour.

GREG OWEN: 39...From England...Played the PGA Tour five years, the last in 2010...Played the Nationwide Tour in 2011...Won once on the European Tour, in 2003.

DANIEL SUMMERHAYS: 28...Became the first amateur to win a Nationwide Tour event with his victory in the Children's Hospital Invitational in 2007...Nephew of former Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays and brother of former PGA Tour player Boyd Summerhays.

WILL CLAXTON: 32...Played nine tournaments on the Nationwide Tour and one on the PGA Tour in 2011 and one Nationwide Tour event in 2005...Played college golf at Auburn.

EDWARD LOAR: 34...Will be a PGA Tour rookie...Played the Nationwide Tour in 2007 and 2011...A left-hander...Played college golf at Oklahoma State.

MARK ANDERSON: 25...Finished 22nd on the Nationwide Tour money list to earn PGA Tour card for 2012...Was playing Q School in an attempt to improve his PGA Tour status...Played college golf at South Carolina.

ALEXANDRE ROCHA: 34...From Brazil...PGA Tour member in 2011, finishing 184th on the money list...Former European Tour member.

RICHARD H. LEE: 24...Played on the Nationwide Tour in 2011 and finished second in the Mexico Open...Played college golf at the Washington.

JOHN HUH: 21...Played college golf at Cal State Northridge...Rookie of the year on the 2011 Korean Golf Tour.

NATHAN GREEN: 36...From Australia...Won three times internationally, including the Queensland PGA Championship...Won the Canadian Open in 2009...Has played the PGA Tour the previous six years.

COLT KNOST: 26...Won the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links championships in the same year, 2007...Played the PGA Tour in two of the last three years, but failed to retain his tour card...Played for the U.S. Walker Cup in 2007.

-- John Strege