Willie Mack III with another triumph at the APGA Tour Queen’s Harbor
Prominent APGA Tour star and rising professional golfer Willie Mack III used a 40-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Tommy Schaff and win the APGA Tour at the Queen’s Harbor Championship.
The long putt on the 18th hole allowed Mack to overcome a bogey on the final hole in regulation, dropping him in the playoff with Schaff, whose 3-under 69 was by far the best round of the day. Both players finished with a two-day total of 143.
“It’s always good to win,” said Mack, who elevated his career last summer by making the cut in two PGA TOUR events before narrowly missing the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School in November. “There are great players here and Tommy is one of them.”
Mack missed the green on the first playoff hole but got up and down to stay alive while Schaff missed a doable uphill putt. “It was almost like a birdie,” added Mack, whose mother was in the gallery. “It was good to have her here for sure. Last time she came I won so maybe she needs to be here more often.
Brad Adamonis of Ponte Vedra, Fla., was third at 146 with Kamaiu Johnson of Oviedo, Fla., fourth at 148. Five players tied for fifth, including Jacksonville resident Jarred Garcia and Tim O’Neal, who won the APGA Tour at TPC Harding Park in February. O’Neal will kick off the Simmons Bank Open of the Korn Ferry Tour for the Snedeker Foundation May 5-8 in College Grove, Tennessee, thanks to a sponsor exemption obtained at the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Invitational in January.
Schaff, who played on the APGA Tour in his rookie season in 2010, birdied four straight on the front nine to enter contention and then delivered nine straight backstroke parries for his 69. Now a native of Ridgeland, Carolina of the South, Schaff has held status on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and is a longtime friend and sometimes caddy of O’Neal, who turns 50 in August and is considering possible exemption opportunities on the PGA champions. TOWER.
Mack won $7,500 of the $25,000 purse and is now among the leaders in the Lexus Cup Point Standings competition he won in 2021.
The APGA Tour is back in action April 2-3 with the APGA Tour at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The APGA Tour was established in 2010 with a mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf by organizing and hosting professional golf tournaments, player development programs, mentorship programs and introducing the game to downtown youth. The circuit has grown from seven events with $200,000 in prize money in 2020 and 14 events with over $400,000 in prize money in 2021, and now 18 events with over $700,000 in prize money in 2022.