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Dec. 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former South Carolina men’s golfer Mark Silvers earned his Tour card for 2015 on Tuesday as he finished tied for 14th at the Tour Qualifying School at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Silvers finished the six-round final stage with a total of 417 (-12). He shot 68 spots up the leaderboard on Sunday after matching PGA National’s Fazio course record with a 10-under 62. He then closed out the stage with a 69 on Monday and a 71 on Tuesday to earn his card. He now has fully exempt status on the Tour through the first two re-rankings of the 2015 season. Each re-ranking will occur after every fourth event of the schedule.

“I am extremely excited to have my Tour card for 2015,” Silvers said. “This is a big step in my career and something I have looked forward to since I was a Gamecock. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

A native of Savannah, Ga., Silvers was a Golf Coaches Association of America Honorable Mention All-America selection and a second-team All-SEC selection as a senior at South Carolina in 2009. He was also named the 2009 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As a senior, Silvers recorded eight top-10 finishes, including four top fives and a tie for 18th showing at the NCAA Championship.

The 2015 Tour season opens on Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City, Panama.