Collin Morikawa wasn’t the only La Cañada High School alum to make headlines on Sunday.
David Lipsky took a significant step toward competing on the PGA Tour by winning the TPC San Antonio Challenge at the Canyons. The 2006 LCHS graduate finished 25-under par, four shots above Taylor Pendrith, to earn his first victory on the Korn Ferry Tour.
“Honestly, it’s been such an amazing week,” he said. “All parts of my game were clicking.”
A PGA Tour card for next season is the ultimate goal for Lipsky, who had never won a tournament in the United States as a pro. He won the Omega European Masters in 2014 and claimed the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which is played in South Africa, two years ago.
“That’s amazing for me,” Lipsky said. “This is where I want to be, and what I’m going to try to do for the next couple of years. This was a big opportunity for me coming into today.”
The top 25 golfers in the Korn Ferry Tour, a developmental league for professionals, are given PGA Tour cards for the next season. The win vaulted Lipsky from No. 82 to No. 11 in the rankings.
“It’s definitely one of my biggest [wins],” said Lipsky, who turned 32 on Tuesday. “It’s my first win as a professional in the United States, which is really important to me. This is where I want to play. It puts me in a good position on the points list. So I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The former Northwestern golfer turned in an impressive performance in the third round, finishing 10-under par to tie for first place on Saturday. Lipsky sent a text message to a fellow Spartan later that evening.
“I was texting with Collin Morikawa a little bit,” said Lipsky. “We’re both from the same hometown, went to the same high school. We were both like ‘Let’s take care of business today,’ and I just saw that he won in a playoff [in the Workday Charity Open in Ohio], so that’s pretty amazing.
“I’ve known him since he was in college at Cal. We actually practiced on the same golf course in Los Angeles together. I knew him when he was in college, when he was a stud in college, and obviously he’s gone and done amazing things since then. … We play quite a bit together, so it’s great.”