Patrick Welch Sits Inside Top 10 in Preseason PGA Tour U Rankings
PGA Tour University released its preseason rankings on Wednesday and former Classical High School golf star Patrick Welch sits inside the top ten.
Welch is ranked ninth ahead of Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and two-time Northeast Amateur champion Dylan Menante.
The top five players earn a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour at the end of the collegiate season, and players six-15 get membership on PGA Tour Canada or PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Welch was close to the top ten last season, but pulled himself out of the rankings, meaning he will be back at Oklahoma next season.
He will play a PGA Tour event in October.
Welch This Season
Welch owns a career scoring average of 71.60 (+0.18), suitable for fourth all-time for a Sooner.
His name is littered throughout the Oklahoma record book, sitting inside the school’s top 10 in career wins (2), par-or-better rounds (67) and birdies (376).
His first collegiate win came in the fall of 2020 when he posted a 67 to win the prestigious East Lake Cup.
He earned his second win at the highly competitive Southern Highlands Collegiate in the spring of 2022.
This summer, Welch returned to Rhode Island and finished inside the top ten at the Northeast Amateur.
Next up, he will play the Western Amateur starting August 1.