Keenan Huskey only needed three swings of his clubs to win a playoff and claim medalist honors at the Mackenzie Tour qualifying tournament at Dothan, Alabama.
The 2018 USC grad held the first round lead after shooting a 5-under par 67. Huskey lost the lead at the halfway point, but worked his way into a 3-way tie for the top spot going into the final round.
In the final round Huskey birdied the par-3 17th hole to take the lead, but Steven Fisk birdied the final hole to force the playoff.
The former Gamecock golfer eagled the playoff hole to top Fisk and win fully exempt status for the upcoming season on the PGA supported Tour.
Huskey eagled the par 5 ninth hole with a good drive, a 5-iron to 30 feet and then the winning putt.
“I had a good line on that putt,” said Huskey. “I had a good feeling when I hit it, and it happened to go in,” he said.
The 2015 SCGA Amateur champion was glad the play off hole was a par-5
“I thought (going back to No. 9 for the playoff) was good for me because of my length. I can usually take advantage of par-5s,” he said.
This will be Huskey’s second attempt to advance his professional career on the MacKenzie Tour. He earned fully exempt status for the first half of the 2019 season and played in 5-events.
“There’s a lot I learned from 2019 going up there. It was just such a different experience being up there. I’m looking forward to going back,” he said.
Former Alabama golfer Jonathan Hardee from Greer earned limited status on the Tour with his tie for fouth place.
The former Riverside High School golfer shot a 4 round total of 8-under par 280.
Hardee will be exempt to play in tournaments until the first reshuffle and then his status for the rest of the season will depend on his early season record.
Several college amateurs attempted to qualify for the Tour. If they had been successful they would have joined the Tour after the completion of the college season.
Clemson’s Turk Pettit and South Carolina’s Jaime Wilson did not make the top-6 finishers to earn some status on the Tour.
Two other former area college golfers, who now have professional status, USC’s Scott Stevens and Clemson’s Peter Mathison also missed the cut.
MacKenzie Tour scores available at https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us/leaderboard.html