Nov. 28, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Former three-time Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam, who enjoyed a distinguished four-year career for the Waves, was one of 22 players who qualified for the 2007 PGA Tour after finishing 17th on the Nationwide Tour's money list with $230,049 this past season.
Tabbed the 2006 top rookie by PGATour.com, Putnam made 20 of 26 cuts, had a pair of second and third place showings, finished with five top-10s and 10 top-25s. Putnam produced a scoring average of 70.47.
Putnam's impressive performance on the Nationwide Tour came one year after a runner-up finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships, earning All-American honors and capturing the Byron Nelson Award that is given to a graduating senior based equally on his collegiate academic career, golf career and his integrity and character while in college.
The Tacoma, Wash. native concluded his Pepperdine career as the school's career scoring leader with a 71.60 stroke average and holds the top three single-season scoring marks, including a school-record 70.58 stroke average as a senior.
Putnam is likely to make his 2007 debut as a card-carrying Tour member at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12-15.