When it comes to a PGA membership, it takes more than raw talent and a nice pair of men's golf shoes to gain entry. This year, it’s going to be even harder to become a member of the PGA Tour. Since 1965, the PGA has hosted Q-School qualifier events, or more commonly known as Qualifying School. Today, there is a new developmental circuit called the Web.com Tour, a tour sponsored by the Jacksonville Internet services provider. It is the highest ranked developmental tour for men’s golf at the international level.
So, if you want to qualify for a PGA membership, it’s going to start with the Web.com Tour; some professional golf apparel and gear wouldn’t hurt though. First become a Web.com Tour member through Q-School to participate in this year’s tournaments, then rack up enough points to graduate or earn a Tour card by advancing to the finals. The top 25 earners will then be invited to join the club.
There are other ways to make it to the big leagues though; for the fast track, win a ‘battlefield promotion.’ If you win three tournaments on the Web.com tour, you are automatically and instantly admitted as a full member of the PGA Tour for the remainder of the season, and the next season. You can also win a membership if you get into an official PGA Tour game, generally through a sponsorship: finish on top to win your membership. It’s also possible to become a temporary member with the PGA. This is a special consideration for someone who has previously qualified in one of the before mentioned ways.
If you’re looking to qualify this year, you’ll also be up against any PGA Tour golfers who failed to qualify in the FedEx Cup playoffs. If you think you have what it takes, get out the golf gear and see if you could make it all the way to the top.