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Sandestin makes Korn Ferry debut; Andrew Novak fires 62

SANDESTIN, Florida — The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has lengthy hosted collegiate tournaments and senior PGA occasions. Now for the primary time the world-renowned Raven Golf Club welcomed the Korn Ferry Tour for the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic, beginning Thursday.

Andrew Novak fired a 29 on the again 9, together with an eagle on No. 17, and completed the day with a 62. After the primary day of play he has a four-stroke lead over Hayden Buckley and Austin Smotherman.

The Robert Trent Jones Jr. design is enjoying host to a discipline of 156 gamers competing for $600,000 purse.

“Sandestin Resort is truly a remarkable location for professional golf, and we are eager to bring the Emerald Coast Classic to this community,” Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin mentioned. “We have vibrant partners with great track records of building spectacular events, and we are confident that the future stars of the PGA Tour will enjoy competing in this region.”

The Raven Golf Club is a par-71 format and has beforehand hosted the PGA Tour Champions Boeing Championship in 2006 and 2007 and has hosted the Golfweek D-3 Fall Invitational since 2010.

The Korn Ferry Tour is the first pathway for skilled golfers trying to earn their PGA Tour card. Since 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour has had 50 out there playing cards for the next season. Twenty-five Tour playing cards are reserved for the main factors earners on the finish of the common season, and one other 25 are up for grabs on the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that observe.

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