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Greiner takes a big step

Local product joins Canadian professional tour

Posted: April 12, 2009 1:23 a.m.
Updated: April 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Hart High graduate and former College of the Canyons golfer Joe Greiner is on the cusp of something big.

The 22-year-old recently qualified for the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.

He’s hoping this is a stepping stone to the PGA Tour, much like it was for 2003 Masters winner Mike Weir.

“I know I deserved it,” Greiner said. “It felt good (to qualify) but at the same time I knew I could do it. Now it makes me want to work harder.”

On March 19, Greiner finished the four-day Canadian Tour Qualifying School tied for third place, which gave him fully exempt status for the year.

Greiner led after two rounds and ended up with a 6-under 282 for the tournament.

Also finishing tied for third was former Hart High golfer Jason Kang, who played for the Indians in 2006.

Nine of 72 entrants qualified.

Greiner’s first event begins April 20 in Mazatlan, Mexico, at the Corona Mazatlan Classic.

The purse for that event is $125,000.

The Canadian Tour could be considered a minor league to the PGA Tour.

Greiner plans on trying PGA Tour Q-school in October.

With a good showing, he could become a member of the PGA Tour or the Nationwide Tour, a developmental tour for the PGA Tour.

Greiner said he has received advice from one Hart graduate, turned Nationwide Tour member, turned PGA Tour veteran.

“You’ve just got to stay patient,” Greiner said was the advice from Jason Gore.

cosborne@the-signal.com

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