The Kansas Jayhawks can be pround of one of their former students, Gary Woodland, who has gained a spot on the PGA golf tour. Woodland is 26 years old and is making his second appearance on the tour. While competing with over 150 golfers for a spot, he managed to get eleventh place. You must place in the top 25 in order to be eligible for the tour. He is the only other Kansas State student to go to the PGA twice in the last ten years. His first appearance was in 2009. Throughout the game, he had rounds totaling 71, 68, 69, 71 67 and 71 to take his position.
His first time in the PGA was successful, as he made it through eight different cutting events. His time on the tour was cut short when he suffered an injury to his shoulder, forcing him to sit out the rest of the season in order to recover. He has also competed in the U.S. Open played at Bethpage Black, in which he was able to garner the eleventh spot by the second day of play. At the end of the match, he tied with another player for the 47th spot. During the tour, he had drives that traveled over 300 nearly fifty percent of his time.
Woodland also made a splash on the green while playing golf for Kansas State. Overall, his student score averaged out at 73.44. While playing on the Jayhawk team, he managed to win a total of four tournaments, including the Cleveland State Invitational in 2005 and the Louisiana Classic in 2007. He ranked at the top of the team, earning his way into a professional career. Continuing his stellar performance into the professional arena, Woodland has more than earned his two separate spots on the PGA Tour.