Nov. 5, 2007
Former University of New Mexico men's golfer Michael Letzig was one of a record 25 players who secured a 2008 PGA TOUR card on Sunday at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek.
Letzig, the 2003 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, has been in a season-long quest to finish among THE 25 leading money winners on the Nationwide Tour. His efforts paid off on Sunday, as he finished the season No. 12 on the final money list with $263,948.
"This feels really good right now," said Letzig, a 2003 graduate of UNM. "I know I have the game for the PGA TOUR, it was just a matter of getting out there. Now I'll be able to test my game against the very best players in the world. I want to play at the highest level and that is the PGA TOUR - that has always been my goal."
Letzig made the cut in 19 of 28 tournaments in 2007, with 10 top-25 finishes. His season was highlighted by season-best runner-up finish on Sunday at the Tour Championship and third-place finishes at the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship and the Knoxville Open.
The Nationwide Tour's 32-tournament season came to a pressure-packed conclusion on Sunday with Richard Johnson winning the $775,000 Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek by one strokes over Letzig.
"Congratulations to each and every one of this year's record class of 25 players who in January will be teeing off on the PGA TOUR," said Nationwide Tour President Bill Calfee. "This class adds to the Nationwide Tour's strong tradition of transitioning players to the PGA TOUR and having a significant impact once they get there. We wish them well and thank them for providing so many exciting moments on Tour this year."