Feb. 16, 2013
UConn Athletic Communications
SEBRING, Fla. --- Former UConn men’s golf team captain Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) has earned a spot on the 2013 PGA Tour Latinoamerica with a top 20 finish at the tour’s qualifying tournament.
Buchanan shot a 1-over 289 in the 72-hole qualifying tourney, good enough to tie for 19th place. The top 20 were awarded places on the upcoming tour. The tourney, which featured a field of 126 golfers from 24 countries, finished Saturday at the Sun N’ Lake Golf Club’s Deer Run Golf Course in Sebring, Fla.
Buchanan, 22, a 2012 UConn graduate, shot an opening-round 74 at the qualifying tournament, then followed with rounds of 4-under 68 and 3-under 69 to put himself in contention for a top-20 finish. His final-round 78 on Saturday secured a tie for 19th place. Jhared Hack won the tournament with a 12-under 276.
Earning a spot on the 2013 PGA Tour Latinoamerica guarantees Buchanan a place on the 15-tournament schedule, with $150,000 purses in nine countries, which begins in mid-March in Mexico. The schedule is split into two swings: March-June and October-December. The first swing includes tournaments in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The second swing will feature tourneys in Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.
The top five players on the 2013 PGA Tour Lationamerica will earn 2014 Web.com Tour status. The players who finish 6-10 on the tour will be exempt to play in the final stage of the Web.com Tour’s 2014 Qualifying Tournament. The top 60 players on the 2013 PGA Tour Latinoamerica season will be exempt to keep their cards for the 2014 season of PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Buchanan, who graduated from UConn with a degree in finance, was a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, was twice named to the All-Northeast Region golf team, and was also an All-BIG EAST and All-New England selection. He won two tournaments during his UConn career, the 2009 Adams Cup of Newport and the 2011 Hartford Hawks Invitational.