Former Golfer Brian Carroll Qualifies for PGA Tour's John Deere Classic
July 9, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC -- Former George Washington golfer Brian Carroll (Crystal Lake, IL) has qualified for the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic which will be played Thursday through Sunday, July 10-13, at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, IL.
He is believed to be the first GW golfer to qualify for a PGA Tour event since Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Jay Randolph (`56) competed as an amateur in the 1954 National Celebrity Classic at Congressional Country Club. Currently the play-by-play broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals, Randolph was paired with current ABC-TV golf commentator Bob Rosburg and renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio in that event although he missed the cut.
Carroll shot a 67 on Monday in a qualifier for the last four spots in the field. He was tied with four other players at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, IL, before carding a 3 on the first playoff hole to advance. He has a 1:44 p.m. tee time on Thursday and is paired with Australia's Dave Lutterus and Brad Adamonis from the U.S.
Fans can follow Carroll's progress on The Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If Carroll can make the 36-hole cut, Saturday's and Sunday's coverage will air on CBS from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fans also can follow the event with Live Scoring at PGATour.com.
Some of the notable players in the John Deere field include:
A three-time golf team MVP, Carroll was one of four finalists for the prestigious Byron Nelson award, the second-highest award in college golf as a senior in 2006. He was named the recipient of the 2006 J. Dallas Shirley Senior Male Athlete of the Year award. He has been a member of George Washington's Dean's List three semesters and the GW Athletic Dean's List all seven semesters. He also is a three-time member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Carroll was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for golf and has been a two-time Academic All-America.