Barber turns pro, to debut on Web.com Tour
Blayne Barber, a member of last year’s U.S. Walker Cup team, told Golfweek on Friday that he will make his pro debut at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on July 26-29 in Columbus, Ohio.
Barber earned his finance degree from Auburn in May but had a year of eligibility remaining after redshirting one season after his transfer from Central Florida to Auburn. He had considered returning to Auburn for the fall semester and attending Q-School as an amateur but has decided to turn pro this summer instead.
“The biggest thing was that I just feel good about where my game is at,” said Barber, of Lake City, Fla. “I was done with school, and I was planning on going to Q-School regardless. I really didn’t want to come back (to Auburn) for two more semesters. I wanted to be playing pro golf full-time next year regardless, and I didn’t think it was fair to coach (Nick Clinard) or to my teammates to just come for one semester and leave.
“Being done with school and feeling good about my game, I thought this would be a good time to go for it and see what happened.”
Barber earned his start at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational by being a first-team All-American this past season. He was No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, and he finished seventh at the NCAA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
He broke Auburn’s single-season scoring record this year with a 70.76 stroke average.
Barber also represented the United States in the past two Palmer Cups, a Ryder Cup-style event for the top collegians from the U.S. and Europe. He also played last year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, missing the cut after rounds of 74-73.