Planet Golf — 29 October 2012 by GW staff and news services
Meet the 25 newest Tour members

MCKINNEY, Texas — Twenty-five new players graduated into the 2013 PGA Tour Sunday at the Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch.

They earned their Tour cards next season based on their season-ending finish on the money list.

Former University of Georgia Bulldog Justin Bolli claimed a two-shot victory over James Hahn. Bolli made the second biggest leap in Tour history to earn a card the last week of the season, jumping from 44th to 9th. In 2009, Matt Every moved from 49th to 10th when he won the Championship.

Two other players who began the week outside the top 25 in earnings secured their cards – Morgan Hoffmann (31st to 19th) and Doug LaBelle II (26th to 24th).

The week’s casualties were Camilo Benedetti (25th to 26th), Hudson Swafford (23rd to 27th) and Joseph Bramlett (24th to 28th).

Jim Herman hung on to grab the 25th and final spot by just $940 over Camilo Benedetti.

Eight of the top-10 graduates will be first-time members of the TOUR, and 15 in all.

Casey Wittenberg captured the money title with earnings of $433,453.  The 27-year-old from Memphis, Tenn., becomes fully exempt on the Tour in 2013 and receives an invitation to The Players Championship in May.

Here are the 25:

Pos./Name 2012 Earnings/Wins/Hometown (native country)/College   

1  Casey Wittenberg  $433,453  2  Memphis, Tn.  Oklahoma State

2  Luke Guthrie  $410,593  2  Quincy, Ill.  Illinois

3  Russell Henley  $400,116  2  St. Simons Island, Ga.  Georgia

4  Luke List  $363,206  1  Nashville, Tn. Vanderbilt

5 James Hahn $337,530 1 Alameda, Ca. (South Korea)  California

6 Shawn Stefani  $307,371  2 Houston, Tx. Lamar

7 Robert Streb  $305,591  1 Edmond, Ok.  Kansas State

8 Ben Kohles  $303,977  2 Cary, N.C.  Virginia

9 Justin Bolli  $300,924  1 Simpsonville, S.C. Georgia

10 David Lingmerth  $287,148  1 Fayetteville, Ark. (Sweden) Arkansas

11 Justin Hicks  $277,159  0 Royal Palm Beach, Fla.  Michigan

12 Paul Haley II  $263,841  1 Dallas, Tx.  Georgia Tech

13 Cameron Percy $256,238 Raleigh, N.C. (Australia)  (unknown)

14 Andres Gonzales $235,505  1 Olympia, Wa. UNLV

15 Scott Gardiner  $234,145 0 Farmington, Ark. (Australia) (unknown)

16 Lee Williams  $223,468  1 Alexander City, Ala. Auburn

17 Darron Stiles $213,031  1 Pinehurst, N.C. Florida Southern

18 Brad Fritsch  $212,168 0  Holly Springs, N.C. (Canada) Campbell

19 Morgan Hoffmann  $207,540  0  Wykcoff, N.J. Oklahoma State

20 Brian Stuard $205,711  0  Jackson, Mi.  Oakland

21 Andrew Svoboda  $203,717  0  Larchmont, N.Y.  St. John’s

22 Nicholas Thompson $192,751  0  Coral Springs, Fla. Georgia Tech

23 Alistair Presnell $190,567  0  Melbourne, Aust.  (unknown)

24 Doug LaBelle II  $186,320  1  Scottsdale, Az.  New Mexico

25 Jim Herman $182,001  0  Port St. Lucie, Fla.  Cincinnati


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