It was a somewhat busy weekend for Buckeye golfers. Emma Jandel made the weekend in a Symetra Tour event, Bo Hoag in a Korn Ferry Tour Event and Jessica Porvasnik in the Florida Women’s Open.
Korn Ferry Tour
The Korn Ferry Tour is the latest incarnation of the PGA Tour’s developmental tour, taking over from the Web.com Tour. Think of this, in baseball terms as AAA League. In the final event of the regular season, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, Bo came up big when he needed to.
Columbus native, and Buckeye, Bo Hoag had an eventful day. He won this tournament and secured a spot in the Top 25 in Korn Ferry points list, thus granting him PGA Tour playing privileges. Bo has earned a shot in the Big Show.
Hoag was one of two players to move into The 25 this week, joining local favorite Scott Harrington, who finished in solo-second place. Hoag moved from 31st to seventh in the points standings, while Harrington rose from 38th to 19th.
“Life-changer; You know what’s at stake on a day like today and your mind drifts to it a little bit,” said Hoag, who set the tournament record at 22 under. “You picture what you’re going to be doing after your round….either back here getting a card on this green or packing your car up to go home. I just told myself I wasn’t going to leave here this evening without getting a card on this green. Great day.”
Hoag, a 31-year-old Ohio State University alum, carded a bogey-free round on Sunday to clinch the victory. While as many as five players were tied for the lead on the back nine, Hoag birdied three of his last five to claim the two-stroke win. The former Buckeye has competed on the Korn Ferry Tour each of the past three years and was a member of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada from 2013-15. The veteran tied for the lead in bogey avoidance, tallying only three over 72 holes.
First, congratulations to Bo for this accomplishment. It’s a great example of perseverance, and talent. Good luck, Bo.
Florida Women’s Open
Meanwhile, in Vero Beach, FL the Florida State Golf Association held the Florida Women’s Open & Senior Open Championship. After shooting rounds of 69-71-69-209 (-6), Jessica Porvasnik takes home the 1st place trophy. In her three rounds, Jessica scored 11 birdies, 3 bogeys and only 1 double bogey. She worked hard to get under par and was reluctant to give any strokes back to the field.
This was a good event for Jessica. She picked up a nice winners check and earned a 1st place event. This has to help validate that she is on the right track. Her’s the other thing that I thing should be encouraging to Jessica; of the 44 players who made the cut, 9 are members of the Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s “AAA developmental league”. Jessica proved she can play at another level.
Speaking of the Symetra Tour, Emma Jandel made it to weekend play in the PHC Classic in Milwaukee, WI. It turned out to be a good thing that Emma played two good opening rounds to make the cut, because her 3rd round was not one of her better efforts. Actually, I’m sure the effort was there, the results fell a bit short. Emma’s first round of 75 (not too bad) was followed by a 70 (pretty good) then by a 78 (not good).
The final round had to be disappointing for Emma, but a) she did precede it with two decent rounds and b) she did make the cut to get some sort of payday.