Jonathan Brightwell, who helped lead Oklahoma to a runnerup finish in the 2021 NCAA Golf Championship, finished second Monday in the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament, closing with a final-round 6-under-par 64 to finish one shot behind Zack Fischer who won the event at 14-under.
Former Oklahoma State golfer Sam Stevens tied for fifth at 11-under after a closing 65 and former OU golfer Grant Hirschman took seventh at 10-under after a 67, giving players with strong Oklahoma ties three of the top 10 spots.
Also, former OU golfer Garett Reband tied for 19th at 3-under. Former OSU golfer Austin Eckroat of Edmond tied for 50th at even par as did Logan McCracken of Oklahoma City, a former University of Tulsa golfer. Former OU golfer Quade Cummins of Weatherford tied for 127th at 10-over.
Although all the golfers who reached the final stage will have some status on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2022, those finishing in the top 40 will have greater exempt status particularly early in the season. Eckroat, however, was already exempt through his finish on the PGA Tour University standings in 2021.
The Korn Ferry Tour is the proving ground to gain PGA Tour status for 2022-23, as the Tour awards cards to the top 25 finishers following the season and another 25 to the top finishers in the Korn Ferry Tour finals, a three-event series at the end of the season. Three players from Oklahoma — Taylor Moore, Josh Creel and Max McGreevy — earned PGA Tour cards for 2021-22 through the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour.