Dec. 3, 2012
Donald Constable became the fourth Gopher golfer to earn full-time PGA Tour status today, finishing in a tie for 22nd place at the 2012 PGA Tour Q-School in LaQuinta, Calif. A 2011 All-Big Ten selection, Constable played all six rounds under par, posting a 3-under 69 on the final day to earn his card on the number, tied with four others at -17.
Constable is the first Gopher golfer since 2002 to earn full Tour privileges via Q-School. In 2002, James McLean (T-2) and Aaron Barber (T-8) both earned their cards at the qualifying tournament. In addition to McLean, who played on the Tour from 2003-05 and Barber (2003-04), the only other Gopher to have full Tour access was Tom Lehman, who played form 1983-85, before earning his card again in 1992, setting off a long and successful career on the Tour that has included a British Open win and five PGA Tour victories.
Constable, who advanced through the first two stages of qualifying school prior to making the final stage, was remarkably consistent over the grueling six-day tournament that features a field of 165 players. He shot rounds of 67-70-67-71-71-69. He will have full exemption on the PGA Tour for 2013. Among the 26 players earning Tour cards with Constable are the likes of European Tour veterans Ross Fisher (T-2) and Robert Karlsson (T-14), PGA Tour veterans Kris Blanks (T-4), Michael Letzig (T-10), Matt Jones (T-14), Tag Ridings (T-22), Bobby Gates (T-22) and Chez Reavie (T-22) and Illinois grad Scott Langley (T-17).
Constable, a Wayzata native, transferred to Minnesota after two and a half seasons at Texas. He finished his Gopher career with a stroke average of 73.07, the fourth-lowest in program history. During his senior season (2010-11), he owned an average of 72.30, good for the seventh-best average in school history. He was a 2011 PING All-Region and All-Big Ten selection.
The 2013 PGA Tour season kicks off Jan. 4-7 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, featuring winners from the 2012 season. The first tournament Constable can enter will be the Sony Open in Honolulu the following week.