Nov. 24, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Former University of Alabama golfers Michael Thompson and Dicky Pride have each advanced to the final stage of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School after a pair of impressive performances in the second stage of qualifying last weekend.
Thompson finished in a tie for 11th place after shooting a four-round total of 7-under par 281 (73, 72, 68, 68) at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Fla. He vaulted up the leaderboard over the final two rounds, shooting the second lowest combined score, to finish two shots ahead of the cut line.
Pride fired an 8-under par 276 (73, 69, 66, 68) at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., to finish all alone in second place. His third round 66 tied for the lowest score shot during the qualifying stage.
Thompson and Pride will travel to Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla., for the final stage of Q-School. The finale is contested from December 1-6 and will consist of six rounds (108 holes). Both Thompson and Pride have reached conditionally exempt status on the Nationwide Tour by qualifying for the final stage. The low 25 and ties are exempt on the PGA Tour for next year.
During his time at Alabama, Thompson was finalist in the 2007 U.S. Amateur and a two-time All-American. Thompson collected invites to the 2008 U.S. Open and the 2008 Masters predicated upon his finish in the U.S. Amateur. Thompson was the medalist at the 2008 SEC Championship as he helped the Tide claim the school's first conference title in men's golf in 29 years.
Pride was named All-Southeastern Conference his junior and senior years at Alabama. He was a semifinalist at the 1991 U.S. Amateur Championship and turned pro in 1992. Pride has over a dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events including a win at the Federal Express St. Jude Classic during his rookie season of 1994. His best finish in a major was a tie for 28th at the 2003 U.S. Open.