Dec. 5, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Steve Lebrun has made history becoming Florida Atlantic University's first player to earn his PGA Tour card.
Lebrun tied for second place on Monday after the final qualifying stage at PGA Tour Q-School. Starting on Wednesday, November, 28th, he competed in six rounds over six days finishing with a total of 408 (64-69-68-71-67-69). The top 25 competitors receive 2013 PGA Tour cards. Lebrun tied with Ross Fisher of England who skipped the European Tour finale in Dubai to compete for a PGA Tour Card.
Having never earned his PGA Tour card before, Lebrun made it known that he would be a top competitor in this year's Q-school, taking the first-round lead shooting an 8-under 64. This year competition was stronger than ever as it was the last time that Q-school would provide PGA Tour cards. Next year, Q-school competitors will only have a chance to earn a card to the Web.com Tour.
"He has certainly paid his dues," said current FAU head men's golf coach, Angelo Sands.
Lebrun represented Florida Atlantic from 1996-2000 and was a critical component to the team's success in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He was inducted into the FAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Throughout his professional golf career, he has also worked as a substitute teacher to provide for his family. Receiving his PGA Tour card means that Lebrun no longer has to teach as a side job.
"I am so happy for Steve; I don't know a more deserving person. It is great to see someone who has worked so hard and sacrificed so much, achieve his dream," said Sands.
2012 has proven to be a career high for Lebrun. Earlier in the year, he qualified for and competed in his first PGA Tour major, the US Open Golf Championship. Lebrun finished tied for 46th, scoring 292. Now, he has his PGA Tour card to add to his growing list of achievements.
Lebrun will begin play in the 98th PGA Tour when the season opens the first week of January 2013 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Competing against some of the biggest names in golf, Lebrun will have the support of his wife Jen and his two daughters, along with Florida Atlantic, as he takes on the competition in the 2013 PGA Tour.