Andy Svoboda and Nan Hill took big steps forward in their professional golf careers this month with excellent finishes at Q School. Next year should be exciting for both of them.
Hill, a Pelham, NY, native I first interviewed when she was beating the boys in high school, finished in a tie for 22nd in the five-round LPGA Tour Q School tournament in Daytona Beach, FL. That's good enough to gain her Category 16 on the Priority list, which means she should be playing in several LPGA events next year. Combined with her planned stops on the Duramed Futures Tour, Hill will have a busy schedule.
Svoboda tied for 48th in the PGA Q School tournament at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach. That earns the Larchmont, NY, native thirteen starts next year on the Nationwide Tour, where he finished in the top 25 in three of the six events he played in 2009. Needless to say, he's looking forward to leaving the bag room at Old Oaks to compete full time. With any luck, he'll line up a couple of sponsors and play his way onto the big stage for 2011.
Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds a romantic thriller about blood diamonds in the Congo