Halloween happened to coincide this year with Graduation Day on the Nationwide Tour, typically one of the more frightening experiences of the season for many players.

Shortly following the conclusion to Sunday's final round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island (S.C.) Club, 2011 PGA Tour cards were handed out to the top 25 players on the Nationwide Tour money list.

Of course, PGA Tour cards are hardly considered as handouts.

"I'd like to say it was a lot of fun but it wasn't," said Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele, the player who actually won the tournament. "It was an absolute grind from the first tee shot all the way to the end."

Steele started the week at No. 30 on the money list, a clearly nerve-racking distance from the ultimate goal. After rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 8 feet for birdie on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Colt Knost, Steele vaulted to No. 6 – and, accordingly, the PGA Tour.

In the end, 16 of the 25 Nationwide graduates trusted Titleist golf balls for their season-long and season-ending success – including the four players that played their way into the top 25 on the final weekend: Steele, Knost, Pro V1x loyalist David Hearn (3rd) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Joe Affrunti (4th).

Here's a closer look at their Titleist equipment (listed by finish on 2010 Nationwide Tour money list):

 

 

 

2. Chris Kirk


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 9.5
Fairway: Titleist 906F4 13.5
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 19.0
Irons (3-5): Titleist CB; (6-9): Titleist MB
Wedges (48, 54, 60):
Vokey Design Spin Milled
Putter: Scotty Cameron Laguna 1.6

   
3. Hunter Haas


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 909D3 10.5

   
5. Daniel Summerhays


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
6. Brendan Steele


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 907D2 8.5
Fairway: Titleist 910F 15.0
Irons (5-PW): Titleist MB
Wedges (52, 58):
Vokey Design Spin Milled
Wedges (62): Titleist Vokey Design

   
8. Martin Piller


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
12. Fabian Gomez


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 
13. David Mathis


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

15. Colt Knost


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5
Fairways: Titleist 910F 13.5, 17.0
Irons (4-PW): Titleist CB
Wedges (52, 60):
Vokey Design Spin Milled
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback

     
16. Bobby Gates


Ball: New Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 9.5
Fairway: Titleist 910F 13.5
Irons (4-9): Titleist MB
Wedges (48, 52, 56, 60): Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback

   
17. Steven Bowditch


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
18. D.J. Brigman


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
19. Jim Herman


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
21. David Hearn


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
22. Joe Affrunti


Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 910D2 7.5
Fairway Titleist 909F2 15.5
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 21.0
Irons (4-9): Titleist AP2
Wedges (48, 52, 56, 60):
Vokey Design Spin Milled
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback

 
23. Peter Tomasulo


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

   
25. Justin Hicks


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Irons (4): Titleist ZB; (5-PW): Titleist CB
Wedges (54, 60): Vokey Design Spin Milled