Two days after wedding, Hurley qualifies for tourney

John Hurley plays in 2009 while at Texas A&M.
John Hurley plays in 2009 while at Texas A&M. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It’s been a busy few days for Tour player John Hurley. He was married Saturday in Houston, then qualified Monday for the Tour’s domestic opener, the Louisiana Open.

Hurley drove 3 1/2 hours from Houston to Lafayette on Sunday, then shot 67 in the next day’s qualifier despite not playing a practice round, Cleveland Golf’s Michael Jolly said. Hurley is a Tour member after making the finals of last year’s Q-School, but has limited status after finishing 156th in the field.

Making the cut this week could help Hurley improve his status. Throughout the year, the Tour reshuffles its members in order of season earnings. The higher a player is in those rankings, the more events he will get in.

Earlier this year, Hurley also Monday qualified for the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. He missed the cut with rounds of 72-69.

Blayne Barber also Monday qualified for the Louisiana Open. Barber, a member of the 2011 United States Walker Cup team, had earlier Monday qualified for the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open (T-42) and finished T-24 in the recent Puerto Rico Open on a sponsor exemption.

Fourteen players Monday qualified for the Louisiana Open. The results:

Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course, Youngsville, La.

  1. Josh Brock – 65
  2. Chris Brown – 65
  3. Mathias Gronberg – 65
  4. Tom Hoge – 66
  5. Roger Tambellini – 66
  6. Andrew Noto – 66
  7. Todd Baek – 66

Wetlands Golf Course, Lafayette, La.

  1. Blayne Barber – 66
  2. Brendan Pappas – 67
  3. Will Strickler – 67
  4. Matt Hendrix – 67
  5. Niklas Lemke – 67
  6. Mark Walker – 67
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