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Harman still trying to find his way as a pro

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Brian Harman was hoping his first-ever trip to Arkansas would last a while – at least a week, anyway.

The former University of Georgia All-American arrived in The Natural State ono Sunday night in order to tee it up in one of the two Monday qualifiers for this year’s Nationwide Tour Fort Smith Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club.

Since Monday qualifying is a crap-shoot, Harman, a two-time U.S. Walker Cup team member, bought a one-way airline ticket from his home in Savannah, Ga. After finishing his round in the morning, it appeared Harman might be spending at least a few more days in the state. Playing at Eagle Crest Golf Club, Harman shot a 6-under 65.

Then he had to play the waiting game while the rest of the 121-man field finished. When the day ended, Harman found himself in a six-way tie for the final two qualifying spots and learned he would have to come back the next morning to determine who would have a starting tee time come Thursday.

By that afternoon, Harman was on a plane heading back home, as Kyle Thompson and Bryon Novoa earned those last spots.

It’s been that kind of a year so far for the rookie. He failed to advance out of the first stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament last fall, and has been spending his time at Nationwide Tour Monday qualifiers and playing mini-tours, mostly the eGolf Professional Tour.

“I’ve tried to Monday qualify in four events before (Fort Smith),” Harman said. “I made it at the (Stadion) Athens Classic and finished 18th (which merited an exemption into the next week’s BMW Charity Classic). But then I missed the cut, and I’m right back with no status.”

One thing is certain: The highly competitive, fiery little lefty will keep on trying. He knows he’s getting closer, and he knows his time will come. He would just like it to come sooner, rather than later.

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