It took extra holes to decide it but Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Alabama earned medalist honours at Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada USA East #1 Qualifying School on Friday. The tournament was played in Sebring, Florida at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club
Shelton, who was a three-time All-American at the University of Alabama, is no stranger to winning after earning seven victories during his collegiate career.
The 21 year-old completed four rounds of play at Q-School at 15 under par, but that was just enough to match Jhared Hack of Florida.
The pair battled for three extra holes before Shelton made a birdie on the 10th hole to prevail and earn fully exempt status on the Mackenzie Tour for 2017.
“I’m just excited to win this. It means a lot. I haven’t been playing great, but a win’s a win,” said Shelton, who will play on a sponsor exemption at the PGA TOUR’s Valero Texas Open next week, but said he’s relieved to have a guaranteed place to play this season.
“I got into Valero next week, but it’s not fun bouncing around back and forth. That’s all I’ve been waiting for, just a schedule and a place to know I can play,” said Shelton.
All players within the top and ties earned some level of status on the tour. Those in the top 16 (no ties) are guaranteed at least four starts before being subject to reshuffle.