There is good news and bad news for members of the Korn Ferry Tour, which includes several golfers with South Carolina ties who hope to get their way to the PGA Tour.
The Korn Ferry tour, the PGA Tour development circuit, suspended the season in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the PGA announced there would be a joint Korn Ferry 2020-2021 tour season that began June 11-14 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida, and that eligibility had been extended for members of the 2019-20 PGA Tour that were excluded. Because of these changes, the Korn Ferry Tour will not have graduation classes in 2020 (the top 25 points advance to the PGA Tour).
However, there will be performance benefits for the top 10 of the Korn Ferry Tour points list following the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship which will be played August 27-30. The players will be given a place on the PGA Tour event for the 2020-21 season.
Andrew Novak of Mount Pleasant and Tommy Gainey from Hartsville are both currently in the top 10 after winning the tournament before the season is suspended.
Novak, who played for Academic Magnet before heading to Wofford, won the LECOM Suncoast Classic which was played in Florida in February and ranked fourth in the standings with 630 points in five tournaments. Gainey came in eighth with 500 points in two events, including victory in the opening of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic which was played in January. Mito Pereira leads the standings with 759 points.
Schedule 2021 has not yet been announced, but the top 25 after that year’s Tour Championship will get the PGA Tour privilege.
“Although we will not have the opportunity to pass the Korn Ferry Tour Class in 2020, we feel the cover schedule we envisioned – with newly created playing opportunities – is the best solution for our season that has been disrupted by COVID-19. crisis, “Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin said in a news release.
“We really appreciate the support of our tournament, the title sponsor and the Player Advisory Board in reaching this point. As we said on several occasions, we will continue the game only when it is considered safe to do so by leading health authorities and government agencies and our tournaments do not have a negative impact on critical efforts in the world of health care and our community. “
Ray Boutin. April 25th, Club in Pine Forest, No. 13, 127 yards, 9-iron. Witness: Ken McGuire, Steve Bernard.
Pam Keefe. April 26, Osprey Point-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, No. 3, 118 meters. Witness: Stephen Keefe.
Brian Powers, April 26, Country Club of Charleston, No. 3, 170 yards, 7-iron. Witness: Derek Dean, Yates Dew.
Steve Roper, April 27, Crowfield Golf Club, No. 4, 137 yards, 8-iron. Witness: Dean Harrelson, Lucky Lopez.
Scott Humphries, April 28, Crooked Oaks-Seabrook Island Club, No. 16, 130 yards, 7-iron. Witness: Chris Corish, Matt Corish, T.J. Davis.
Randy Parker, April 28, Beresford Creek-Daniel Island Club, No. 4, 156 yards, 5-hybrid. Witnesses: Jim Wood, Marc Hanson, Rich Durik.
Brian Dante, April 29, Dunes West Golf & River Club, No. 6, 142 yards, 5-hybrid. Witness: Jacquire Jacovino.
Patrick McDonald, May 2, Beresford Creek-Daniel Island Club, No. 15, 182 yards, 6-iron. Witness: Linda McDonald, Team Guba, Connie Guba.
Randy Merritt, May 2, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 17, 142 yards, 7-iron. Witness: Mike Eastlack, Mark Sims, Josh Sapolich.