TOUR Player Support – Bobby Gates
A native of Gainesville, FL, Bobby began playing golf at the age of 14 and was a three-time AJGA All-American in high school before joining the golf team on a scholarship from Texas A&M University. While there, he was named to the PING All-Region team three times and was named to the All Big-Twelve team three times.
After graduating in 2008, Bobby turned pro and began competing on the Canadian Tour. He later attended Q-School and earned full Nationwide Tour Status for the 2010 season. Bobby started the year out by taking home the trophy at his very first event, the Michael Hill New Zealand Open. In doing so, he became the 13th player in Nationwide Tour history to win his Tour debut. The following week at the Moonah Classic, Bobby finished 3rd, missing the playoff by just one shot. Bobby would finish the 2010 Nationwide Tour season 16th on the money list, which earned him his 2011 PGA TOUR card. After a bogey on the last hole of his 2011 PGA TOUR season left him No. 126 on the money list by $1,431, Gates returned to the Qualifying School, was outside the top five for only one of the six rounds, and finished T-3 to rejoin the TOUR for the 2012 season.