YORK, Maine – Eight players qualified for this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Live+Work in Maine Open earlier today at the Monday Qualifier, held at The Ledges Golf Club in southern Maine. The eight players will compete in this week’s Korn Ferry event at Falmouth Country Club in Falmouth, Maine.
With professional and amateur golfers from across the country making the trip to the Northeast for a chance at a Korn Ferry Tour event start, six separated themselves from the field. Jace McCarron (Jacksonville, Fla.) carded a 64 (-8) to lead the field. McCarron began his round with four consecutive pars before recording eight birdies in his next 14 holes.
Amateur Joshua McCarthy finished a single shot behind McCarron with a 7-under 65. The Pepperdine University product began his round on the back nine and went out with a one-under 35 before carding a 6-under 30 on the front nine coming in for his 65.
Zander Winston (Scottsdale, Ariz.) began on hole 10 in one of the first groups on the course. The 28-year-old professional started bogey-birdie-eagle-bogey before settling in and recording five birdies and nine pars coming in for 66 (-6).
Amateur Caleb Manuel (Topsham, Maine) matched Winston’s score with a 66 of his own. The 20-year-old UConn Husky posted five birdies in a six-hole stretch (7 through 12) to get to six-under, and an otherwise clean card gave him his 66.
Oklahoma State product Aman Gupta (Concord, N.C.) played alongside Winston and posted a score of 67 (-5) to comfortably get inside the top-8 for a spot in this week’s Korn Ferry event. Gupta was 2-under with six holes to play before carding three birdies coming in to post the 67.
Gunner Wiebe (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) carded five birdies with just a single bogey for a 4-under 68 and sixth spot in the KFT event.
Seven players finished the round at 3-under 69 to force a seven-man playoff for the final two qualifying spots. In the first foursome to go out in the playoff: Hoke Carlton (Charlotte, N.C.) and Lee McCoy (Clarkesville, Ga.) each fired approach shots on the par-4 first hole inside of five feet for birdies. David Holmes (Knoxville, Tenn.) left a birdie putt hanging on the back edge to finish with par and NEPGA’s Rich Berberian (Hooksett, N.H.) carded a bogey.
The final three playoff contenders came down the first fairway needing birdie to extend the playoff, but Matt Organisak (Sudbury, Mass.), Kolton Lapa (Mesa, Ariz.), and Perry Cohen (La Jolla, Calif.) all settled for par to finish just outside the qualifying spots.
The NEPGA would like to thank The Ledges Golf Club head professional Chris Kelloway along with the entire LGC staff for hosting the Korn Ferry Tour Open Qualifier.