Dec. 18, 2003
Former UCLA All-Americans Steve Pate and Jay Delsing earned their PGA TOUR cards Dec. 7 by advancing through 108 holes of Q-School in Florida.
Pate tied for 21st at nine-under par 423 (71-74-72-70-68-68) and Delsing tied for 28th at seven-under par 425 (70-70-69-76-71-69). The top 30 finishers plus ties earn full-PGA exempt status for one year.
Both players were paired together for the first two rounds, and another former UCLA All-American, Corey Pavin, caddied for Delsing.
Pavin, the 1995 U.S. Open champion and Ryder Cup standout, called Delsing a few days before the tournament and volunteered to haul his friend's bag.
"That tells you what kind of guy he is," Delsing told GolfWeek.
The threesome enjoyed their first two rounds together by joking, laughing and reminiscing about their college days.
"Our little reunion was the best two days we had," recalled Pate. "It was a good time. We were probably one of the few groups out there having fun."
As the week wore on and the pressure mounted for Delsing, Pavin proved invaluable. He read putts, gave advice and told jokes to keep his friend loose.
"He gave me a lot of fantastic moral support," said Delsing. "He helped me with intangible things."
The two additional UCLA alumni increased UCLA's presence on the TOUR to seven players: Pavin, Pate, Delsing, Brandt Jobe, Tom Pernice, Jr., Duffy Waldorf, and Scott McCarron. The latter four players earned their TOUR privileges for 2004 by finishing among the Top 125 players in earnings for 2003.