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Marinell Earns Status on Tour for 2016

December 14, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Photo courtesy of Chase Marinell/Facebook

Photo courtesy of Chase Marinell/Facebook

Liberty golf alum Chase Marinell finished in seventh place at this past weekend's Tour Q-School Final Stage event, earning him exempt status for the upcoming 2016 season on the Tour.

Marinell posted an 8-under par 278 (70-72-63-73) at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Thursday through Sunday. His seventh-place finish earned him exempt status on the Tour until the third periodic re-order of the 2016 season.

Marinell's weekend was spotlighted by an 8-under par 63 on the Champion course on Saturday. The Champion course annually hosts the PGA Tour's Honda Classic and is renowned for the three-hole stretch known as the "Bear Trap" (holes No. 15-17).

The 2016 Tour season will get under way in late January at the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City, Panama.

Gaining exempt status on the Tour moves Marinell one step closer to earning the Liberty golf alum the opportunity to play on the PGA Tour.

The top 25 money winners on the Tour gain their PGA Tour card each year. Golfers finishing No. 26 to 75 on the Tour money list earn a spot in the four-week playoff with former PGA Tour members to earn 25 additional spots on the PGA Tour.

Marinell was a rookie on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada this season, a year that included four top 10 finishes in 2015. His top finish of the season was when he shared second place at The Great Waterway Classic with a 19-under par 269.

Marinell (2011-14) helped Liberty win three Big South titles and advance to four straight NCAA Regionals from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, Marinell helped Liberty finish in 10th place at the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship, the highest finish of any Liberty athletics program at a NCAA Division I national championship event.

Marinell, a two-time GCAA/PING All-Region honoree, ranks second on Liberty's career list with a 73.04 career stroke average. During his four-year playing career, Marinell posted 18 career top 10 finishes, including eight top five showings, and played 54 career rounds at par or better.