Six golfers with Palmetto State ties earned membership on the Korn-Ferry Tour by advancing to the final qualifying stage in Savannah, but none were able to break into the top-40 to earn guaranteed starts on the Tour next year.
Clemson grad Jacob Bridgman had the best showing of the in-state players shooting a final round 6-under par 66 to climb 48 places in the standings.
Bridgeman completed the four round Q-School in a tie for 48th place. His 2-under par total missed making it into the top-40 at the 40th spot by a shot.
The Korn-Ferry Q School awards a full season exemption to the champion and other Tour opportunities down the field.
This year Bo Hoag shot 15 under to win medalist honors and can play in any or all Korn-Ferry Tour events in 2023.
Golfers who finish between 2 and 11 receive entry into 12 tournaments during the season. Finishing between 12 and 40 earns eight guaranteed starts for a golfer.
The rest of the field, after Hoang , 40, are mixed with the returning Korn-Ferry Tour players from 76-100 on last year’s points list to determine their priority to be included in tournament fields.
After the first four events are played all eligible golfers, measured bv their finishes and points, are shuffled into a new order for the next four events.
Golfers who did not make the top-40 will have to Monday qualify into Tour events or receive a sponsors’ exemption to play in tournaments.
The closer a golfer finished to the cut line at 40 the better chance they have of being able to play in some early season events without qualifying.
Bridgeman played this past year as an exempt member of the Korn-Ferry Tour thanks to his second place finish in the PGA Tour University ranking.
The 2022 ACC individual champion, from Clemson finished 123rd with the highlight of his season being his play in the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Georgia grad Trent Phillips was just outside the top-10 after the first round, but his second and third round scores dropped him back into a tie for59th Place.
Four golfers tied for the 81st position at the finish, Auburn grad from Easley Trace Crowe, along with former Clemson golfer Sam Saunders, USC grad Scott Stevens as well as Winthrop grad Taylor Dickson all finished well down on the rankings.
The new Korn-Ferry Tour season begins on January 9th at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.
The full Korn-Ferry Tour schedule has been released and the BMW Charity Classic will be played in the Upstate starting on June 9th.
Korn-Ferry Tour Final Stage Qualifying Tournament Scores https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour/leaderboard.html