Westchester local Rob Labritz has achieved his lifelong dream of qualifying to play on the PGA Tour. The 50-year-old Director of Golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford won the PGA Tour Champions qualifying tournament to earn playing privileges on the senior circuit where he’ll be competing against the likes of Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, and Bernhard Langer. Labritz carded the low score in the tournament, winning by three strokes and finishing with a bogey-free, seven-birdie round of 64.
“I’ve been envisioning this happening. And it did, which is crazy,” Labritz said after his triumph at TPC Tampa Bay. Some 30 years ago, the ebullient club pro started his campaign to compete at the highest levels. He never quite made the final leap, although he showed his mettle playing in eight PGA Championships and finishing as low club pro in 2010 and 2019, the only two-time club pro winner since the PGA of America limited the Championship exemptions to 20 players in 2006. His over-burdened trophy shelf includes glassware and hardware from numerous Met PGA championships, Westchester Opens, and three New York State Opens, among many others.
“I feel super-confident,” Labritz told me in September as he was preparing for his run at the Champions Tour. “My game is good, my health is good, my family and the folks at GlenArbor couldn’t be more supportive, and, most of all, I just feel it all coming together.”
Labritz was one of only five players to earn status on the PGA Tour Champions at the tournament.