Selma native Medley shoots for PGA

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Andrew Medley will just have to chalk this up to a learning experience, but what an experience.

Making it to the second round of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School – much less earning a tour card – is a feat most golfers can’t claim.

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“It was a good week,” Medley said. “I wish I had gotten off to a better start. I’ve been playing well all year. My confidence was up, and I felt good and I played good. I just left some shots out there.”

The Selma native and Auburn graduate, whose family moved to Athens when he was 13, has been making a name for himself all year. A win in the Hooters Pro Golf Tour in September earned him full exempt status on the circuit next season.

When Medley finished Q school last weekend, he had round scores of 73-75-72-69 to finish at 1-over 289 in a tie for 31st place. The cutoff to advance was 2-under par.

Like most athletes who fall short in a first-time experience, Medley knows what he needs to do to finish the deal when the next opportunity comes.

“I’d always thought my short game, chipping and putting, was my biggest strength,” Medley said. “It’s something I’m going to have to make a big commitment to in the offseason. I’d taken it for granted. I did well, but not as well as the other guys out there. It’s the most important part of the game.”

Medley is “taking it easy” and getting some rest after playing the majority of the year.

There probably won’t be too much down time, however. He loves being on the golf course.

“Some of my fondest memories of Selma are definitely the times out at the country club,” he said. “I have a lot of friends from there, and I basically grew up out there. I was there from 8 in the morning until 8 at night.”

Having gone through Q school, Medley also qualifies for the Nationwide Tour, the PGA’s version of the minor leagues.

“I’m looking forward to next year,” Medley said. “I’ve gotten my feet wet with pro golf, and I enjoy it. I hope to have an even better year next year.”