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Dec. 13, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Following Sunday’s final round of competition at the 2015 Tour Qualifying Tournament Final Stage at PGA National, three former Virginia golfers earned varying degrees of status for the 2016 season.

Former Cavalier All-American Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) tied for ninth place at 8-under 280 and gained exempt status until the third periodic re-order of the 2016 Tour season. That level of status is awarded to players finishing second through 10 at the event. McCarthy had rounds of 72, 65, 69 and 71. McCarthy wrapped up his UVA career in 2015.

David Pastore (Greenwich, Conn), who ended his UVA career in 2014, tied for 58 at 286 and Kyle Stough (Olney, Md.), who competed as a Cavalier until 2010, was 137th. By virtue of reaching the finals (third stage) of the Tour Q-School, they will receive conditional (limited) status in 2016.

Stough finished 66th in the Order of Merit in 2015 playing on the Mackenzie Tour — PGA Tour Canada. He has played in a total of 23 PGA Tour Canada events over the past three seasons. In 2014 he played in 17 events on the Tour.

Pastore played in nine PGA Tour Canada tournaments in 2015 and twice on the Tour. He participated in the PGA Tour’s Travellers Championship and finished 73rd. He was 64th at the 2014 Tour Qualifying Tournament.

By virtue of competing on the Tour, all three players will have the opportunity to advance to the PGA Tour.

The Tour is the PGA Tour’s official developmental circuit. A series of four tournaments known as the Tour Finals, held in September, will grant 50 PGA Tour cards to a field consisting of the top 75 on the Tour money list and the golfers who placed 126 to 200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points list. The top 25 on the Tour money list before the Finals will receive PGA Tour cards, with total money earned in the Finals determining the remaining 25 card earners.

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