Brendan Hunter of Groton, Mass., birdied the last three holes Monday, Jan. 4 to pull out the victory in the first tournament of the Minor League Golf Tour’s 18th season. With an 8-under-par 62 at Country Club of Coral Springs, Hunter edged James Driscoll of Brookline, Mass., by a stroke.
In gaining his second MLGT victory, Hunter scored an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey, earning $925 from the $4,860 purse and an additional $214 from an optional bonus pool for a total of $1,139. His only other MLGT win came in March, 2019, at nearby Parkland CC. Driscoll, second among 36 starters in the season opener, had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey, collecting $758, including $133 from the bonus pool. He had won three times previously. Both players eagled the par-5 seventh hole.
Two more 18-hole events are scheduled this week, Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Abacoa Golf Club and Wednesday, Jan. 6 on the Estate course at PGA National.
Brendan Hunter, Groton, MA, $1,139 30-32—62
James Driscoll, Brookline, MA, $758 32-31—63
Jarrett Swan, Mount Pleasant, SC, $578 34-30—64
Zach Zaback, Farmington, CT, $450 31-34—65
Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA, $370 32-34—66
a-Austin Lemieux, Pittsburgh, PA, $370 33-33—66
Ethan Marcus, Boca Raton, $250 35-33—68
Blair Bursey, Gander, Newfoundland, $250 34-34—68
Sean Busch, West Lafayette, IN, $173.34 34-36—70
a-Thomas Christensen, Coral Springs, $173.34 35-35—70
Patrick Allgier, Fort Wayne, IN, $173.34 35-35—70
Juan Arrazola, Barranquilla, Colombia, $82.15 37-34—71
Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ, $82.15 36-35—71
Blake Vise, Muncie, IN, $82.15 35-36—71
Niclas Johansson, Falsterbo, Sweden, $82.15 37-34—71
Jake Kramer, Marblehead, MA, $82.15 34-37—71
a-Luke Gifford, Boca Raton, $82.15 36-35—71
Peter Williamson, Dublin, Ireland, $82.15 36-35—71
a-Bryan Kordupel, Youngstown, OH, $90 34-35—69
a-Cameron Smith, Scottsdale, AZ, $30 37-37—74
a-Julius Oppenheimer, Pelham, NY, $30 37-37—74