In a first-off-its-kind – the Indo-American Professional Golf Association (IAPGA) Tour – was organised to give Indian professionals an opportunity to test their skills against the best in the world by sponsoring them to the Web.com Tour – the feeder tour for the USPGA. The top-25 golfers on the Web.com Tour each year earn PGA Tour cards for the following season making it highly competitive and challenging. The IAPGA Tour 2016 saw 10 of India’s leading professionals play 7 different courses across 7 cities in the U.S.A between August & September. They also played in specially organised Pro-Ams sponsored by the Indo-American community who lent immense support to help the pros realise their dream.
The qualifying events determined the top two professionals who would receive an all expenses paid trip to the Web.com Qualifying school at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Florida scheduled to played from December 8 to 11. The final two rounds of the qualifying were full of excitement as three pros Deepinder Khullar, Amardeep Malik and Angad Cheema were tied at the top of the leaderboard with the score of one-under for four rounds. The three man playoff saw Amardeep making a birdie on the first hole itself to book the first spot. Angad fought bravely to take the playoff to the 5th hole but missed out on the 2nd place finish and Web.com Tour spot with a bogey against Deepinder’s par. The two winners Deepinder & Amardip will now test their mettle against other aspirants at the first stage of Web.com Q-School where they are up against over 1000 other pros from all over the world. Only 30% of them will move on to the 2nd stage while eventually approx. 10% qualifying for the Tour.