By Russ Green/Richmond News
A year away from the PGA Tour has made Richmond High School graduate Michael Letzig hungry to compete again. After three years on the tour, the 32-year old Letzig failed to make the top 124 on the PGA earnings list following the 2011 season and spent last year on the Web.com Tour, which was formally known as the Nationwide Tour.
Letzig’s strong finish on that tour enabled him to qualify for the PGA Q-School tournament in late November and early December. He then put together six very consistent rounds in six very grueling days of golf to earn back his Tour card for the 2013 season.
Letzig tied for 10th in the tournament that was played on the TPC Stadium Course and the Nicklaus Tournament Course in LaQuinta, Calif. He shot 21-under par for the six rounds.
“It was a really nice way to end the year, because I didn’t play very good for about half the year,” Letzig said. “I played four rounds bogey free and for me, that was a great feeling to do that because those courses are really intimidating.”
Letzig shot 12 under on the TPC Course that he called the hardest course of the two.
“It makes you very, very uncomfortable,” he said. “There is water everywhere.”
Letzig didn’t think he would be able to get back on the Tour this year. While on the Web.com Tour he made the cut in 14 of 25 starts with four top-25 finishes, including a pair of finishes in the top 10. One of those top-10 finishes came in April when he tied for third in the Soboba Golf Classic in California.
“I thought I was going to have to go back on the Web.com Tour next year and earn it that way,” Letzig said. “I really didn’t play my best all year. I just really struggled with the game, especially the last two years. I just got distracted. I started a family and had a lot of things that were a lot more fun than golf so I really had to work hard to get back.”