Former LSU golfer Loupe earns PGA card

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Former LSU and Episcopal golf standout Andrew Loupe punched his ticket to the 2013-14 PGA Tour on Sunday with a tie for sixth in the season-ending Tour Championship.

Loupe vaulted from 116th place entering the week on the Tour finals money list to 32nd, putting him among the top 50 players to earn their PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.

Fellow former Tiger and 2011 NCAA champion John Peterson tied for second in the Tour Championship. He had already earned his PGA Tour card and finished as the top money winner in the four-tournament Tour finals money list with $230,000.

“(Peterson is) like a brother to me,” Loupe told “I lived with him for three years. He’s a great dude. I’m always pulling for him, and he’s always pulling for me. I’m just very happy.”

It’s the first time both players have had exempt status on the PGA Tour in their careers.

The 2013-14 PGA Tour season begins Oct. 10.