Notables to advance from the First Stage
Five of the 13 first leg locations for the Korn Ferry Tour qualifier completed this week with a total of 108 players advancing to leg two. The last six locations of the first stage are expected to take place from September 28 to October 1, five locations of the second stage will start in mid-October.
Here is a recap of all the promotions from each of the Phase One sites that were completed this week.
Bermuda Dunes, California (Bermuda Dunes CC)
72 players battled for 19 places in the Bermuda Dunes Country Club, with Yikeun Chang coming out 27 under par with a three-shot win after four days. Chang’s Official World Golf Ranking reached 190th place in his career and the 27-year-old has two wins on the Korean Tour and one on the Asian Tour.
Notable Strides: Nick Cantlay, the younger brother of Patrick Cantlay, of Los Alamitos, California, advanced with a T6 finish … Mark Anguiano, who has 27 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour, advanced with a solo fourth. .. Bhavik Patel of Bakersfield, Calif., Finished T8 to advance; Patel made 100 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour and reached the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in 2013, 2016 and 2018, but has struggled with injuries in recent years … Tain Lee (T15), who competed in three of four PGA TOUR this year Starts made the cut, advanced with a T15.
To Miss: Jordan Niebrugge, a former Walker Cup member from the state of Oklahoma, finished T6 at the 2015 Open Championship and took a win on the Forme Tour but got stuck … Jhared Hack of Las Vegas, Nevada, 53 careers Korn Ferry Tour has started to miss a shot.
Maricopa, Arizona (Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC)
Tanner Gore from Dallas, Texas and Tee-k Kelly from Wheaton, Illinois shared the medalists at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. A total of 23 players advanced in a field of 74 players. Gore played for UT-Arlington and has a career start with the Korn Ferry Tour and is on the second leg. Kelly, a 2017 Ohio State graduate, has a PGA TOUR Latinoamerica victory and was a co-medalist after getting a total of 20 under four days.
Remarkable progress: Hayden Springer, a former Big 12 champion at the TCU, qualified for the US Open 2021 and came out of the second stage after his solo fifth … Jamie Sadlowski from Canada, the REMAX World Long Drive Champion from In 2008 and 2009, it made it through on the number … Nicklaus Chiam (15th) from Singapore was the only amateur who made it through.
To Miss: Norman Xiong, 22, who won the 2018 Haskins Award and Jack Nicklaus Award after winning six times as a sophomore in Oregon, missed by five shots … Mark Baldwin, who made 38 starts at 12 Ferry Tour cut the grain in 2020-21 and also failed to make progress with a T34 at the PGA TOUR’s Barracuda Championship.
Mobile, Alabama (Magnolia Grove GC)
Alex Weiss of Pickerington, Ohio won the Mobile, Alabama site by four strokes for a total of 24 under. Weiss finished 31st and 30th on the 2019 and 2020 money lists on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. 22 players advanced from 75 entries.
Notable Strides: Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama finished T5 to move forward; Johnson finished a shot just before a playoff at the 2016 Barbasol Championship for a solo third and advanced to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in 2017 and 2018. Nicholas, a Yale graduate, was a member of the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020-21 but had to return to Q-School after finishing 114th in the scoring … Justin Hueber, who completed 87 careers on the Korn Ferry Tour, but the latter Had time struggling with injuries for years, finished T19 to advance to the second tier.
To Miss: Jonathan Hodge, who finished second and has 93 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour, missed by three shots … Sam Love of Trussville, Alabama has 53 careers Korn Ferry Tour starts with a top 10 but got stuck second stage.
Conservatory, Florida (Orange County National – Panther Lake)
One of the most heartwarming stories of the year in golf was Michael Visacki qualifying for his first PGA TOUR event this spring at the Valspar Championship. Visacki continued the good mood this week, reaching the first stage with co-medalists with a total of 18 under par for four days. SeongHyeon Kim from South Korea was also honored as a co-medalist. Kim is only 23 years old but already has three professional victories with a win on the Japan Golf Tour, the Korean Tour and the Japan Challenge Tour. Kim is currently ranked 178th in the Official World Golf Rankings and reached a 58th at an event in May. A total of 21 out of 79 players made it to the second tier.
Notable Progress: Willie Mack III, who was awarded a full scholarship to the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifier after winning the Lexus Cup Points Standings title of the season on the APGA Tour that season, finished T8 and advanced to Leg Two. Mack made the cut in both the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the John Deere Classic this summer … Sean Jacklin, son of Tony Jacklin, moved up with a solo fifth … Mark Blakefield of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida , finished T13 to continue; Blakefield ranked 130th in the Korn Ferry Tour Points Standings in 2020-21 with two top 10s and 15 smears from 35 starts.
To Miss: Harry Ellis, who broke Nick Faldo’s record as the youngest English amateur champion at age 16 and was an Honorable Mention All-American in the state of Florida, missed just one shot … Jack Thompson of Adelaide, Australia, who is already two runners has -Ups to become pro on the PGA TOUR Australasia since the beginning of this year, missed the second stage.
St. George, Utah (SunRiver GC)
Tommy Cocha, an Argentine now living in Orlando, Florida, was honored with one shot medalist at SunRiver Golf Club, with a 4-day total of 27 under par, after carding four rounds of 64 or better. Cocha has three career wins on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica but has not played on the Korn Ferry Tour since 2016. A total of 23 of 76 players reached the second leg of Utah.
Notable Strides: Colombian Ricardo Celia, who had two PGA TOUR Latino American wins in his career, finished T13 to advance … Peter Kuest of Las Vegas, Nevada finished third; Kuest, 23, won nine BYU wins… Albert Pistorius of South Africa finished T13 to advance; Pistorius is sixth in the points classification of the Forme Tour.
Notable To Miss: Chase Koepka, Brooks’ younger brother, got stuck … Hayden Wood, a former Oklahoma State cowboy and son of former PGA TOUR player Willie Wood, was the last to fail to miss by one … Mexico’s Isidro Benitez, the youngest ever winner on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica with his victory at the Visa Open de Argentina presentado por Macro 2018, did not advance to the second phase.