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  • Robert Gates, Jr. is an American professional golfer. Gates was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, where he attended F. W. Buchholz High School. After leading the Buchholz golf team in scoring average during his senior year, Gates was named Scholar Athlete of the Year for Alachua County, Florida. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 2008 with a degree in agriculture. He turned professional after graduation and played on the Gateway Tour in 2008. He also played on the Canadian Tour in 2009, finishing 22nd on the Order of Merit. Gates joined the Nationwide Tour in 2010 after finishing T-42 at the 2009 PGA Tour qualifying school. He won in his debut event on Tour, the 2010 Michael Hill New Zealand Open. He finished the year 16th on the money list and earned his 2011 PGA Tour card. He missed retaining his tour card by one spot and $1,431; D. J. Trahan got the 125th and final PGA Tour card for 2012. Gates later regained his Tour Card through Q School. Gates finished outside the top 125 on the money list in 2012 and earned his 2013 PGA Tour card through Q School. He made only four cuts in 20 events.

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