Oct. 14, 2012
MIAMI, Fla. - Former Lamar University golf star Shawn Stefani picked up his second Web.com Tour victory of the season Sunday afternoon at the Miccosukee Championship to lock up his PGA Tour card for the 2013 season.
Stefani, who earned his first win on the tour at the Midwest Classic in August, closed the 72-hole event from Miccosukee Golf and Country Club with a 3-under-par 68 to defeat Alistair Presnell by five strokes. Stefani finished the event with a 15-under-par total of 269 on the par-71, 7,200-yard layout.
While Stefani's final round 68 was more than he needed to coast to victory, it was his third round 62 on Saturday that allowed him to surge into the lead. The 62 is his career-best round on the Web.com Tour and matched the tournament course record set by current PGA Tour player Jason Dufner in 2003 and later matched by D.A. Points in 2008.
Despite playing Saturday's round in winds that ranged from 20 to 30 miles per hour, Stefani carded a flawless round with seven birdies and an eagle. His front-nine total of 29 tied for the best front nine score in tournament history.
"My goal when the day began was to just improve on some things to get ready for the Web.com Tour Championship in a couple of weeks," said Stefani following Saturday's round. "I had no set score in my head when I started the day and I just wanted to stay patient and work on some things. I never thought about a 62. I would have been happy with a 72 in these conditions."
With his second win of the season, Stefani moved up to fourth on the Web.com Tour money list with $303,311. He is one of four players to earn multiple victories on the tour this season, joining Casey Wittenberg, Luke Guthrie and Ben Kohles, taking home $108,000 on Sunday.
A native of Baytown, Stefani earned All-Southland Conference honors three times during his playing career at Lamar (2001-05) as he helped the Cardinals to a pair of league titles. Stefani also helped the Cardinals to four straight NCAA Regional appearances tying for 38th at regionals during his junior season.
Stefani will give the Cardinals two PGA Tour players next year as current tour player Chris Stroud is currently in the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list. Former Cardinal Dawie Van Der Walt
is trying to give the Cards a third PGA Tour player as he is currently 34th on the Web.com Tour money list with the top 25 earning their card.