Q-School survivor eyes chances on Nationwide Tour
By STEVE HANF
Perhaps one good adage deserves another, because if timing is, in fact, everything – Chris Mundorf could be in trouble.
Instead, how about good things come to those who wait?
The 2009 golfing year proved to be a mixed bag for Mundorf, the former East Forsyth High School and North Carolina State standout. For the first time in eight attempts, he reached the finals of the PGA Tour Q-School marathon. In so doing, he missed out on a huge payday when Troy Matteson picked up $900,000 for winning the Frys.com Open on Oct. 25.
Mundorf caddied for Matteson all year – until leaving for the first stage of PGA qualifying in Florence, S.C.
“It’s a funny thing,” Mundorf said. “We talked about it, laughed about it. For all that to come together the way it did, maybe something good will come out of it.”
Granted, the week was far from a total wash for Mundorf. He enjoyed rounds of 67, 64, 70 and 70 to finish 9-under at Florence Country Club, good for a fifth-place tie. And after Matteson’s breakthrough victory, the PGA player offered to cover his former caddie’s Q-School entry fees.
“Troy, he was so excited for me, he was on pins and needles watching me play and he has so much faith in me,” Mundorf said. “He wants to help me get on the PGA Tour. That was awesome … really, really generous. That’s just the kind of guy he is. He just wants to help people.”