Rypien among Q-School pre-qualifying notables
Monday, September 19, 2011
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien threw for 18,473 yards and 115 touchdowns in 12 NFL seasons. Now, he’s trying his hand at another professional sport.
Rypien is scheduled to play PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifying Wednesday-Friday at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.
This isn’t his first foray into professional golf. He shot 80-91 after receiving a sponsor exemption into the 1992 Kemper Open on the PGA Tour. He also played the Nationwide Tour’s Tri-Cities Open in 2000, firing 78-87. Rypien is nearing Champions Tour age. He’ll turn 49 on Oct. 2.
Most participants at pre-qualifying are recent college graduates or mini-tour lifers. Most players with experience on a major international tour are exempt into at least the first stage. The final stage of Q-School will be conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Philip Francis, the 2006 U.S. Junior champion, also is in the field at Southern Dunes.
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Other notables attempting PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifying:
Golf Club of Dallas: Wednesday-Friday
• Robert Fillmore, a former BYU player who was medalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur
• Andrew Loupe, a former LSU All-American who Monday-qualified for this year’s Zurich Classic
• Gregor Main, a former UCLA All-American who was medalist at this year’s U.S. Amateur
• Travis Wadkins, a former Wake Forest player and son of former PGA champion Lanny Wadkins
• Christopher Ward, the 2010 Big 12 champion at Texas Tech
• Gunner Wiebe, the son of former PGA Tour player Mark Wiebe
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ArborLinks, Nebraska City, Neb.: Wednesday-Friday
• Zach Barlow, a former Illinois player who was runner-up at the 2009 Western Amateur
• Jack Fields, winner of this year’s North & South Amateur and Carolinas Open
• John Hahn, who beat Barlow in the final of the 2009 Western Amateur
• Paul Haley, the 2011 ACC champion at Georgia Tech
• Arnond Vongvanij, a first-team All-American this past season at Florida