Tim Thelen Medalist at Senior Euro Tour Q School Finals

Eight-time South Texas PGA Player of the Year and two-time PGA Professional National Champion Tim Thelen picked up perhaps the biggest win of his golf career recently, winning qualifying school for the European Senior Tour in convincing fashion.

Thelen separated from the field on the final day of competition in Lagoa, Portugal, posting an impressive 65 for his final 18 holes to clear his nearest foe by five strokes. The tournament was played at Pinta Golf Course Nov. 15-18.

The 49-year-old Thelen, who is an assistant professional at The Falls in New Ulm, will become eligible to join the Senior Tour when he turns 50 in June.

"It means everything to me to secure my card and get on the Senior Tour," he said. "It is what I came over to achieve, and it went so well these last two weeks."

Tim Thelen

Thelen won the 2000 PGA Professional National Championship contested over Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmund Oklahoma, and did it again three years later at Twin Warriors Golf Club in New Mexico.

In July 2001, he earned $36,000 at the PGA Tour's B.C. Open when he finished tied for 12th.

Thelen is the second Southern Texas PGA member to win a qualifying school for a major professional golf tour. Robert Thompson won medalist honors at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament in 2009.  


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