FLINT – Willie Mack III is on his way to the second leg of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying tournament.
The professional golfer from Flint shot 11 under par 71-69-66-67-273 on the first stop at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla., To tie for eighth and advance to a stage of play for a full hour of the Korn Ferry Tour.
The 21 best scores and ties advanced to the second round of qualifying.
The Korn Ferry Tour is a step below the PGA Tour.
It has been a one-to-one season for Mack, who has won over 60 mini-tours since turning pro after becoming the first African-American to win the Michigan Amateur Championship in 2011.
He has competed in four PGA Tour events, making the Rocket Mortgage Classic Cup in Detroit as well as the John Deere Classic.
Mack also earned his third Lexus Cup Player of the Year crown from the Advocates Professional Golfers Association after winning the APGA Championship, earning him an exemption for the Korn Ferry qualifying tournament.
Korn Ferry Q School’s second leg begins on October 12 at five locations across the country. The final stop will be November 4-7 at the Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia.
The story of Willie Mack III
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Willie Mack III wins Michigan Amateur Championship