59! MLGT scoring record set by Sunny Kim

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Finishes his Fox Club round with eagles on Nos. 16 and 18

PALM CITY – Sunny Kim of Queens, N.Y., already the career money leader on the Minor League Golf Tour, set a scoring record Tuesday, March 24, the first player to break 60 with a 12-under-par 59 at The Fox Club.

Minor League Golf Tour logoKim eagled the par-4 16th and par-5 18th holes for a dramatic finish to his day. He made eight birdies on the first 13 holes. After opening Monday with par 71 on three birdies and three bogeys to trail by nine strokes, Kim finished at 130, winning by three.

Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., the first-round leader with 62, added par-71 to finish second at 133. He made nine birdies Monday, three birdies and as many bogeys Tuesday.

Kim along with Chase Koepka of West Palm Beach had shared the MLGT record at 60. Kim was 12 under at Abacoa Golf Club in December 2018, and Koepka posted 10 under at Country Club of Coral Springs in January.

Kim earned $2,100 from the $13,065 purse Tuesday and an additional $120 in the skins game, raising his career total to $277,704 since he joined the MLGT in October 2006. It was his 67th victory on the South Florida mini-tour.

The MLGT returns to action Thursday, playing The Champion course at PGA National, its 37th tournament of the year and 1,790th since the South Florida mini-tour began in August 2004. For information and entry, go to www.minorleaguegolf.com.

MLGT owner/operator Scott Turner has changed some policies to adapt to the current state of affairs.

“We are trying to have players take single carts as much as possible if the course can accommodate that,” Turner wrote in an e-mail. “When not available, players have the option to walk and a lot of them are choosing to. Carts are being disinfected before and after the round. We have suspended handshakes between players and with tour staff.

“We have asked if a player does not feel 100 percent to not come to the event. The rakes have been removed from the golf course.”

Golfers obviously remain eager, with nearly three dozen competing on Tuesday.

The Fox Club

7,071 yards, par 35-36—71

Sunny Kim, Queens, NY, $2,220                                 71-59—130
Gavin Hall, Pittsford, NY, $1,500                                 62-71—133
Blair Hamilton, Burlington, Ontario, $1,200                  68-67—135
Myles Creighton, Digby, Nova Scotia, $1,514              71-65—136
Brian Carlson, Madison, CT, $1,000                            70-67—137
Piri Borja, Coral Springs, $1,438                            65-73—138
Josh Hart, Jupiter, $1,033                                     73-66—139
Jason Thresher, West Suffield, CT, $700                    69-70—139
Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, NY, $700                            68-71—139
Thomas Lamorte, Haworth, NJ, $ 440                         73-67—140
Chris Wiatr, Woodbury, CT, $641.67                           71-69—140
Blake Morris, Waterbury, CT, $500                              71-69—140
Chase Koepka, West Palm Beach, $641.67                     69-71—140
Matt Hill, Palm Beach Gardens, $781.67               67-73—140
Chase Johnson, Barberton, OH, $280                         68-73—141
Olin Browne Jr., Hobe Sound, $212.50                  73-69—142
Nick Latimer, Cleveland, OH, $212.50                         71-71—142
Justin Peters, Stuart, $230                                    71-72—143
Danny Harcourt, Fanwood, NJ, $25                             75-69—144
Kris Wilcoxon, Easton, MD, $25                                  74-70—144
Blake Maum, Chattanooga, TN, $25                            72-72—144
Brendan Hunter, Groton, MA, $25                               71-73—144
Jacob Eggers, Boone, NC, $25                                   70-74—144
Matthew Naumec, Wilbrahm, MA, $25                         68-76—144
a-Colin Rajczak, Cincinnati, OH, $60                          78-67—145
Matt Cowgill, North Palm Beach, $70                    74-71—145
Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, $120                     74-72—146
Evan Thornton, Wyomissing, PA, $60                         80-75—155

Money listed includes main purse, optional bonus pool and skins game

Second Day Shootout
Josh Hart, Jupiter, $223                                        32-34—66
Kris Wilcoxon, Easton, MD, $166                                36-34—70
Matt Cowgill, North Palm Beach, $109                   33-38—71
Blake Maum, Chattanooga, TN, $26.50                       35-37—72
Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, $26.50            40-32—72

Training Division, 3-23-20
a-Danten Cosentino, Overland Park, KS, $75              39-40—79

Training Division, 3-24-20
a-Michael Armentrout, Leawood, KS, $50                   35-41–76



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