Soquel’s Smith makes final push to earn PGA card

Soquel golfer Nate Smith has qualified for this week’s Nationwide Tour championship, which is being held Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club in South Carolina.
He did so by entering the week among the top 60 on the tour’s season money list. The goal, however, is to finish the week among the top 25 on the season list. Those who do earn PGA Tour cards for the 2011 season.
Smith sits in 24th place having won $193,412 this season, his rookie campaign on the tour. He dropped from 21st after failing to make the cut last week. (He missed the cut by one stroke.)
Smith has made the cut in five of the past seven events, and 15 of 27 events overall.
Needless to say, this is a huge week for Smith, who has previously played on the Hooter’s Tour and European Challenge Tour.
Smith jumped into the top 25 after winning the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas, on Sept. 26. He won that event with several big putts.
His 1.738 putting average is sixth-best on the Nationwide Tour.
Hopefully, his putter remains hot and advances him to the next level.
The purse for this week’s event is $1 million with $180,000 going to the winner. It’s up for grabs too. David Mathis drained his final putt last week to win the Jacksonville Open in Florida, and in doing so became the 24th different winner in 28 events this season.

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