Hoge On Final PGA Tour Stepping Stone
What happens in Fargo doesn’t always stay in Fargo. Growing up on the fairways of Fargo Country Club working with former club pro Peter Nervick, Tom Hoge dreamed of swinging his clubs as a professional at legendary links worldwide. Now he’s quickly making a name for himself on the Web.com Tour and one step away from the PGA Tour.
After helping Fargo South High School win four state championships, he carded the low amateur score of 205 at the 2006 Bobcat North Dakota State Open. He continued to garner top 10 finishes at Texas Christian University. After strong showings in PGA Tour Canada events in the summer of 2011, Hoge excelled in that year’s PGA Tour Q-School class and earned his web.com card.
The past two years, Hoge’s been refining his game on the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour, considered the highest-profile developmental tour in the world of men’s golf. He took second place in the BMW Charity Pro-Am with a 22-under-par 264, tied for 37th in the Brazil Classic and tied for 69th in the WNB Golf Classic.
Through June he’d won $82,687 – a 33 percent increase in earnings compared to 2012 when he had two top 10 finishes in 24 tournaments. Finishing in the top 25 earnings list automatically qualifies him for most PGA Tour tournaments. “I’m right there, so I’ve got to keep working harder each day to move up,” the 24-year-old Hoge says.
Hoge’s pleased with his progress and coming back to Fargo is now a dream in reverse for the busy pro. “I would love to have the time to play in the Bobcat North Dakota Open because I love the course so much and they always make me feel so welcome.”
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Hoge’s best finish on the Web.com Tour in 2013 is 2nd at the BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation. He ranks 27th in Money Leaders on the Web.com Tour.