Varner Gets Closer To His PGA Tour Dream

Harold Varner

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LA QUINTA, Calif. - Former East Carolina golfer Harold Varner (69, 70, 70, 70, 60, 70 - 418, -14) completed the final stage of the Tour Qualifying Tournament Tuesday tied for 32nd and earned an exemption to play on the tour until the second periodic re-order of the 2014 season.

The top 25 money winners on the 2014 regular season Tour will earn PGA Tour cards for 2015. Varner is first East Carolina golfer to be on the tTour since John Maginnes in 2005.

Players that finished from 11th through 45th place including ties are exempt until the second periodic re-order of the tour's 2014 campaign, which occurs after eight events. Zack Fischer won the event by two shots over Scott Pinckney to earn an exemption for the entire 2014 season. Players two through 10 are exempt until the third periodic re-order of the 2014 season.

"The Tour Qualifying Tournament is one more signal of the PGA TOUR's commitment to the Tour, and further elevates the Tour as the path to the PGA TOUR," said Tour president Bill Calfee.

Varner assured his place on the tour by firing a final round 2-under par 70 at the PGA West Jack Nicklaus Course that included four birdies and 12 pars. He was 1-under through four holes and even through nine before he bogeyed No. 10 to fall to 1-over.

However a birdie on No. 11 brought him back to even where he remained until consecutive birdies on the par-4 13th and 14th holes to move to 2-under. Varner then pared the final four holes.

Varner, the 2012 Conference USA Player-of-the-Year, joined the professional ranks following the conclusion of his senior year and earned his first professional victory last month at the eGolf Tour's inaugural Lee Westwood Golf School Open.