Former Wildcat Qualifies for PGA Tour

LA QUINTA, Calif. Former Kansas State men’s golfer Aaron Watkins became just the second player in school history to qualify for the PGA Tour after tying for 18th during the final stage of the PGA Tour Q-School, which concluded on Monday at the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Watkins, who lettered at K-State form 2001-04, joins Jim Colbert as the only two golfers in K-State history to have earned the right to play on the PGA Tour.

Watkins finished the six-day tournament by carding a 108-hole score of 19-under par 413 (71-68-68-66-73-67) to make the cut by just one stroke. This year, 28 golfers earned their tour cards as the top 25 finishers, including ties, graduated from Q-School.

“Aaron was tremendous for us when he played here,” Kansas State head coach Tim Norris said. “He has steadily improved after turning pro. I was really impressed with him when I saw him on the Nationwide Tour in Wichita. His game isn’t suited to just one course and he has plenty of length. The thing about Aaron, though, is that he is a great competitor and he has a chance to have some fun next year.”

Watkins’ finish at this year’s Q-School was redemption from 2006 when he came up one stroke shy of qualifying after tying for 41st at 7-under par 425.

A product of Mesa, Ariz., Watkins still holds the K-State records for career rounds played (136) and career tournaments played (49), while he is fourth in career stroke average at 74.30 and had the fourth-lowest stroke average in a season at 73.34 during the 2002-03 season.