I got great news on the Blake Elliott front that I want to share with you all – he’s won the Mackenzie Tour-Canadian Tour Q-School and has full exempt status for the 2020 season!
Not bad for a kid who went from junior college his freshman year to McNeese State University on a transfer, to winning an event in his junior year, to winning 2 events his senior year along with the Southland Conference Player Of The Year before turning pro last summer.
Hearty congrats to him and his family!
If you want to read about any of the work we did together back in the spring and summer of 2016 & other things, you can find it here, but this is all about him.
When he shot 73 from the tips on the Torrey Pines South course that year the first time he ever laid eyes on it the summer after his freshman year (I witnessed it, driving around the course with him as he did it), the front nine in fog where we couldn’t see the fairways or greens at times, I said, “this kid is going places.”
Blake – Torrey Pines South – June, 2016
The highlight of that day was watching him drive it over 330 yards dead center up the 12th fairway, hit a sawed-off 6 iron through the sea breeze and just miss the birdie putt (you’ll see so many pros take bogey or worse on that hole and Blake hit his tee shot from the very back of the Black tee box).
Now, he’ll be playing on a PGA Tour-affiliated tour this coming year, with an eye to playing in some other events (perhaps Monday qualifying for some Korn Ferry Tour events), and I couldn’t be more excited for him, to be honest.
A little on the Q-School courtesy of the PGA Tour website:
Playing through what seemed like all four seasons at TPC San Antonio, Blake Elliott fired a final-round 69 to put the finishing touches on a medalist-worthy week at the first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Q-School event of the year, earning full status through the 2020 season…
“It’s a little bit different than playing in a tournament where there’s money and other things on the line, but there’s still some pressure,” said the 2018-19 Southland Conference Player of the Year. “I’m happy I got it done.”
This is the first time in Elliott’s young professional career that he has held status on a PGA TOUR-sanctioned circuit.
“The full season means a lot. I can do whatever I want, see what best fits me and go from there,” said Elliott. “The transition has actually been easy. Playing college golf, you have to spend time at school, so now I have a lot of time to practice, so I’ve been liking it a lot.”
Elliott plans to spend the months leading up to the season-opening Canada Life Open in late May by playing a few Korn Ferry Tour Monday Qualifiers and honing his game for the season.
That’s about all I have right now – Blake’s dad & manager Tray contacted me to give me the good news and to forward me his tentative schedule so I can follow his progress.
I knew Wax Nation would be thrilled to get the update, so this is it for now!
Back in a few weeks I hope, and I’ll see you all on the other side.
Blake, Tray & DJ – California, 2016