Grief, glee, eagles, doppelgangers and everything in between could be found on the last day of the final leg of the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School Monday in Savannah, Georgia.
The winner will receive full exemption status from the Korn Ferry Tour in the 2023 season, with finishers 2-10 receiving guaranteed starts in each of the first 12 events and finishers 11-40 receiving guaranteed starts in each of the first eight events.
After all, it was 34-year-old journeyman Bo Hoag who finished one shot ahead of leader of the night Jang Kim to claim the medalist award and the full exemption status that comes with it.
Hoag has spent time on the KFT and PGA Tour and understands the importance of being in the right place with his game.
“As much as I want to be on the PGA Tour, I probably need to go to the Korn Ferry Tour,” Hoag said after his last round. “Spend a season there, rebuild your game and hopefully get back on the PGA Tour and have my game ready to compete.”
Hoag was certainly ready to compete on Monday, birding on each of his first five holes and adding another on the ninth to go out at 6-30 and challenge himself. It was a less eventful back nine as two ghosts offset two birdies to return home with an even par 35 and it looked like former University of Oklahoma star Chris Gotterup was poised to outshine Hoag and finish on top.
The Gotterup also started off hot, with five consecutive birdies starting at No. 2. A flurry of birdies was followed by seven consecutive pairs for the former Rano. Then disaster struck for Gotterup.
Full results of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifier
With his ball sitting awkwardly at the edge of the bunker, short of 15th green, Gotterup went over the green, where his third shot landed on the rough. He then repeated the same shot twice from behind the green, failing to get his first chip up and over the steep slope, watching helplessly as the ball rolled down the hill and back into the rough. His next attempt will not get back on his feet, but will instead roll past the flag to the front of the green, eventually resulting in a par 5 double ghost, ruining his hopes of winning the tournament and earning full exemption. that comes with medalist honors.
Gotterup finished two shots behind Hoag with Chase Seiffert taking third place.
Kim struggled to get out of neutral after blasting through 54 holes, making two ghosts and just two birdies. However, he had a chance to equalize Hogue in 18thth with a birdie kick straight up the slope 10 feet away, but it burned the left edge and left Kim with a tied par of 71 and a second solo finish.
Frankie Kapan III, who made headlines by skating every stage of the KFT Q-School with his mom as a caddy and no exceptions, shot 69-69-68-69 rounds to finish T-8. The only question he has to answer now is if mom plans to stay on the bag for his 12 guaranteed KFT starts and beyond.
Recognized for his APGA success and several PGA Tour starts, Willie Mack III moved from T-41 to T-12 in the 5-66 final round, guaranteeing himself eight KFT starts next year.
Daniel Summerhayes, who briefly retired two years ago to become a high school teacher, scored 1 out of 72 in the final round but stayed within the top 40 for a T-17 finish.
One of the good stories of the day comes from Tim Wieding, who scored 3-68 in the final round to finish T-29. Weeding then contacted his fiancée via Facetime for a conversation that has already begun to circulate on social media.
Wilson Furr, brother of the 15-year-old musician Prentiss, narrowly squeezed into the top 40, taking the T-39 along with five other players. Logan McAllister, a Gotterup teammate in Oklahoma, was also part of the group that finished in the T-39 and earned eight guaranteed starts.
Those who finish outside of the top 40 will still have conditional KFT status next year as they make it to the KFT Q-School Finals but are not guaranteed a start.
Notable names not in the top 40 include Brandon Haguey, Spencer Levine, Cole Hammer, John Augenstein, Michael Figgles, Sam Saunders, Alex Fitzpatrick, Parker Cudi, Jackson Suber, Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan.