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David Berganio Jr. gets a second chance as a pro golfer

Posted at 4:36 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 22:11:18-05

TUCSON, Ariz — David Berganio Jr. is making his PGA Champions Tour debut just miles from where he was a first team All-American, and a member of Arizona's 1992 Championship team.

And although he just became age eligible, there is a reason not many expected to see Berganio here at Omni Tucson National.

"Well, I didn't have much of a PGA Tour career," Beganio admitted.

Originally diagnosed as a back injury, Berganio missed most of twelve seasons with what turned out to be a hip injury. His best finish in a PGA Tour event was second. Thanks to the Tucson Conquistadores, he has a sponsor's exemption.

"I just want to still compete and see if I have the nerves," said Berganio.

Berganio isn't the only former U of A star in this weekend's field. Robert Gamez was the National College Player of the Year for the Wildcats in 1989. He won three PGA Tour events including one in Tucson, the 1990 Northern Telecom Tucson Open.