Sun Devils Chez Reavie and Matt Jones Earn PGA Tour Cards For 2008
Nov. 4, 2007
Former Sun Devil men's golf All-Americans and Chez Reavie and Matt Jones were two of the record 25 players who secured a 2008 PGA TOUR card on Sunday at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek. both played for current ASU head coach Randy Lein.
Jones, a 27-year-old native of Sydney, Australia, finished the season No. 7 on the final money list with $302,226. Jones earned first-team All-America in 2001 after posting honorable mention honors in 2000. He won the 2001 NCAA West Regional and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000 and 2001.
'My season has been really good,' said Jones, a current resident of Scottsdale, Ariz. 'The biggest difference for me this year is my course management skills. I think my way around the course so much better than I have in the past. Hopefully that will help me next year. Playing your way onto the PGA TOUR is a goal of all players, and I am happy to have reached that goal. To finally do it feels great and is a dream come true.'
Jones enjoyed a highly-successful season on the Nationwide Tour, including18 made cuts in 25 appearances and nine top-25 finishes. Despite not making it into the winner's circle, he collected a Tour-high four runner-up finishes - just one shy of the all-time record held by Chris Smith.
The 25-year old Reavie, a Dobson High School product from Mesa, finished the season No. 18 on the final money list with $224,532. He won the 2001 U.S. Public Links title, and earned All-Pac-10 honors all four years (2001-2004). He earned second-team All-American in 2004 and was a honorable mention pick in 2001 and 2003.
'I got off to a great start to the year but the last month Ihave struggled,' said Reavie. 'I'm looking forward to the break and then fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing on the PGA TOUR.'
Reavie enjoyed a highly-successful season in 2007, including 25 madecuts in 27 starts and 10 top-25 finishes. His season was highlighted by his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the Knoxville Open.
The Nationwide Tour's 32-tournament season came to a pressure-packedconclusion on Sunday with Richard Johnson winning the $775,000 NationwideTour Championship at Barona Creek by one stroke over Michael Letzig. Reavie finished in a tie for 14th place.