RICHMOND, Va. – Former VCU Golf star Lanto Griffin (Mount Shasta, Calif.) has earned his PGA Tour card.
The 2010 VCU graduate and 2009 CAA Golfer of the Year clinched PGA status when his 43rd-place finish at the Portland Open this past weekend assured he would complete his season among the top 25 on the Web.com Tour's regular season money list. The top 25 on the Web.com money list earn their PGA Tour Card for one year. Griffin, who won the Nashville Open earlier this summer, finished the Web.com season 22nd on the money list with a little more than $169,000 in earnings.
Since missing seven of 11 cuts early in the Web.com season, Griffin closed the year with four top 20 finishes, including to top 10s, and made nine straight cuts.
Griffin, 29, who led the Rams to an NCAA Regional appearance and a CAA Championship in 2009, becomes the second former VCU golfer to earn a PGA Tour Card. He joins John Rollins, who starred for VCU from 1993-97 and eventually scored three PGA Tour victories.
Since graduating from VCU, Griffin has played professionally on a number of tours, including the Hooters and eGolf tours, before breaking through this season on the PGA-affiliated Web.com Tour. Griffin won the 2015 Virginia State Open. In 2011 he qualified for the PGA's Wells Fargo Championship.