Nagy wins Salisbury Classic, eGolf money title
The stakes weren’t nearly as high as that recent Tour Championship playoff on the PGA Tour, but the race for the eGolf Professional Tour’s top honor also came down to sudden death at the season finale.
Corey Nagy’s 8-foot birdie putt Thursday on the Salisbury Classic’s first extra hole gave the former Charlotte standout his third title of the season and the mini-tour’s money title. Nagy also started his season with a playoff win in February at the Swiftwick Shootout and won the Bolle Classic in June.
The Salisbury Classic was shortened to 36 holes because of inclement weather. Nagy shot 65-67 at the Country Club of Salisbury to tie Brad Hopfinger, a former Iowa standout making his eGolf debut, at 10-under 132. Nagy, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., earned $15,000 for Thursday’s victory. Hopfinger made $9,000.
A playoff loss would’ve left Nagy short of Nationwide Tour player Jason Kokrak in the money race. Nagy, who had five top 10s in 12 starts this season, finished with $89,607, a little more than $4,000 ahead of Kokrak, who had two wins and a runner-up in three eGolf starts this season.
“It feels great to get a third win, and obviously the money title is a big honor,” Nagy said. “To win three times out here means a lot, because these fields are deep, and every week is an uphill climb to try and win.”
Kokrak, No. 15 on the Nationwide Tour money list after winning the tour’s Boise Open, is on the verge of earning his 2012 PGA Tour card. He may have lost the eGolf money title on Thursday, but the day was still a success for the former Xavier player. He shot 63 to lead the Nationwide Tour’s Miccosukee Championship.
Nagy will next play the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School Oct. 18-21 at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.
The eGolf Professional Tour’s exemption into the European Tour’s King Hassan II Trophy in Morocco also was awarded on Thursday. Frank Adams III earned the spot by closing the season with three consecutive top-10 finishes. The exemption was given to the eGolf Tour’s top player in the season’s final three events.