Steven Fisk from Georgia Southern
Steven fisk will be the closest thing to a hometown favorite to find on the pitch this week in the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying tournament finals, and that’s fine with him.
“I appreciate any support I can get,” former Georgia Southern All-America golfer said with a wry smile Monday afternoon after a two and a half hour session on the course.
Fisk will be one of 149 golfers competing in the 72-hole cupless event, also known as the Q-School Final Stage, which will be played at the Landings Club’s Marshwood and Magnolia courses from Thursday to Sunday.
The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants must check in at the admission tent located in front of the golf shop at the Marshwood Clubhouse. Non-residents of The Landings may park and be transported on the grounds of the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
Golfers will compete for different levels of exemption status for the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour season. Their play this week will determine how many events they will be eligible to participate in next year.
The winner is guaranteed to be fully exempt for the year, finishers 2 to 10 are exempt in the first 12 tournaments and 11 to 40 in the first eight events.
Those who finish outside the top 40, while maintaining conditional status, will compete with the top 75 players from the previous season for tournament spots. After eight weeks, a reshuffle is carried out; golfers playing well may rise in rank and vice versa.
Savannah is also the host of the fifth annual Club Car Championship at The Landings Club from March 31 to April 3, 2022, on TLC’s Deer Creek course. The Korn Ferry Tour is a development circuit one step below the PGA Tour.
Fisk, who was born in Atlanta and raised in Stockbridge, turned pro in 2019 after having one of the most successful careers of all golfers in South Georgia. The 2019 graduate is looking to become the first Eagle to make the PGA Tour since Blake Adams who turned pro in 2001 and reached the grand tour in 2010.
Other notable golfers from Georgia Southern who have played on the PGA Tour are current Champions Tour player Gene Sauers of Savannah, Mike Donald and Jodie Mudd. Mike Davis, who recently stepped down as CEO of the USGA, also played golf in Georgia Southern.
Playing as an individual, Fisk finished second in the NCAA Division I tournament ahead of prominent Oklahoma State Matthew Wolff – now one of the rising stars of the PGA Tour. Fisk was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior. One of the highlights of his career was shooting 60 in a tournament in Hawaii as he sought to become the first college kid to shoot 59.
Fisk secured his place in the Finals by finishing sixth in one of five Round 2 tournaments that followed seven pre-qualifiers and 13 first round tournaments. To reach this week, the 25 tournaments had between 1,400 and 1,500 players competing.
After turning pro and competing in mini-tour tournaments, then sweeping 2020 with COVID-19, Fisk finished second last March in the qualifying tournament for the Forme Tour, which included eight tournaments. He made the cut in five and secured a berth in the second leg event in Dothan, Alabama.
The Forme Tour was created by the PGA Tour to replace American golfers who were unable to participate in the Mackenzie Tour in Canada due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic.
Fisk managed a score of 7 below par on the final day at Dothan and moved up 16 places with the top 20 qualifying for the finals.
“I was on the cut line all week,” Fisk said. “I was just hanging out in the top 20 and wasn’t getting much out of my game. I played the last nine (6 cents) well and I was able to improve.
This week’s tournament has a purse of $ 480,000 – $ 50,000 for the winner – but Fisk said this week that it wasn’t money.
“It’s more a matter of expediency,” Fisk said. “You would like to win but you play to finish well. “
Golfers will be playing essentially for their own money as the entry fee for the tournament series was $ 5,800.
While Fisk had a great career at Georgia Southern, he wasn’t a finished product when he chose to play for money.
“From a confidence point of view, from a golfing standpoint, I’m just trying to improve myself,” Fisk said. “I have to stay super patient, stay focused and put in the time and work.
“I’m not doing well, but I’m not doing badly. Lately I’ve been getting more consistent and have a lot more help around me (a swing trainer) and that’s good. I am starting to see results.