The emotion was all over the face of Olympia’s Andres Gonzales, a former childhoold rival of Ryan Moore and Michael Putnam from Capital High School.
He had gone the long route to earn his way onto the PGA Tour for 2011.
Gonzales’ 17th-hole birdie from the bunker, and clutch approach shot from the rough on the finishing hole capped an impressive 4-under-par 68 to finish inside the top 25 (10-under 419) at the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School in Florida.
The former Oregon State and UNLV golfer, who spent last season on the Canadian Tour, advanced through all three Q-School stages to reach the pinnacle of golf.
“I’m so filled with every kind of emotion you can imagine,” Gonzales told The Golf Channel following his round.
Gonzales was on the cutline when he faced a 25-yard bunker approach on the par-5 17th. He flew it over the pin, and it nestled close.
When Gonzales sank the breathing-room 6-footer for birdie, he pumped his first three times.
He pushed his 18th-hole drive into the right rough, but carved a high-arcing approach pin-high, and safety two-putted for par from 12 feet.