Final full-field LOCALiQ Series event of the season this week at The Club at Weston Hills

The Club at Weston Hills in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hosted a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying Tournament earlier this year. (Courtesy of The Club at Weston Hills).

Elevated purse courtesy of BMW of Pembroke Pines greets players

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October 6, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida—The final full-field event of the 2020 LOCALiQ Series season has arrived, with 144 players gathering here in South Florida for the Classic at The Club at Weston Hills. This is the seventh event of the year, with the top-78 players on the points standings at the tournament’s conclusion qualifying for the LOCALiQ Series Championship. That tournament, originally scheduled for Paradise Island, Bahamas, moved to TPC Sugarloaf in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth in mid-November. COVID-19 issues at the Bahamas border and governmental restrictions for those trying to enter the country forced LOCALiQ Series officials to make the change.

The Classic at The Club at Weston Hills features an elevated purse of $125,000 vs. the traditional $100,000. The additional money is courtesy of BMW of Pembroke Pines, giving players their best money-making opportunity of the season. The winner will receive $20,000. All other LOCALiQ Series tournaments this year have paid the champion $16,000. In addition, this is the final event of the three-tournament Arcis Golf Florida Swing that will reward the two top points-earners at the three Sunshine State tournaments with $7,500 and $2,500, respectively. The Arcis Golf Florida Swing began at the Jacksonville Championship, continued last week in Lady Lake, at The Challenge at Harbor Hills and concludes this week. Carson Young currently holds a 13.667-point lead over No. 2 Toni Hakula. Young won the Jacksonville Championship, while Hakula broke through last week for the win in Lady Lake.



Through The Challenge at Harbor Hills

Pos.Player (Home Tour)Points
1Carson Young (Mackenzie Tour)563.667
2Toni Hakula (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)550.000
3Cole Miller (Mackenzie Tour)308.333
4David Pastore (Mackenzie Tour)252.250
5Rowin Caron (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)245.000
T6Jorge Fernández-Valdés (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)208.333
T6Kyle Wilshire (Mackenzie Tour)208.333
8Chris O’Neill (Mackenzie Tour)182.500
9Michael Johnson (Mackenzie Tour)133.250
10Camilo Aguado (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)129.500

Not in the field this week is overall season points leader Bryson Nimmer. The two-time winner received an invitation to play in this week’s Korn Ferry Tour tournament in Orlando, the Orange County National Championship by virtue of winning the Southern Company Swing as the best player in the LOCALiQ Series’ first four tournaments. Young also trails Nimmer in the points standings and can significantly close the gap. However Young can’t catch Nimmer this week, with 500 points going to the winner and Nimmer still maintaining a 671.033-point advantage over Young. The top-two finishers on the points standings earn 2021 PGA TOUR tournament invitations.


Through The Challenge at Harbor Hills

Pos.Player (Home Tour)PointsPrevious Position
1Bryson Nimmer (Mackenzie Tour)1,419.0001
2Carson Young (Mackenzie Tour)747.9672
3Toni Hakula (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)664.50021
4Hayden Shieh (Mackenzie Tour)640.0003
5Stoney Crouch (Mackenzie Tour)552.3334
6Cooper Musselman (Mackenzie Tour)509.5005
7David Pastore (Mackenzie Tour)472.1506
8Alex Smalley (Mackenzie Tour)412.0007
9Cole Miller (Mackenzie Tour)356.08324
10Rowin Caron (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)337.4178

Another battle will ensue among those just inside and outside the top-78 as they try to qualify for the 72-hole, season-ending LOCALiQ Series Championship. Korn Ferry Tour player Will Grimmer currently holds down the 78th and final position going into this week’s tournament. He will likely drop as he is not playing this week.

Despite not winning either of the last two weeks, Cole Miller may be the hottest player going. The former Penn State player tied for fourth at the Jacksonville Championship two weeks ago and then missed a birdie putt on the 54th hole last Friday at Harbor Hills that would have forced a playoff with Hakula. Instead, he settled for a tie for second. In his last seven rounds, each Miller score has been in the 60s, his stroke average 66.0.


Through The Challenge at Harbor Hills

Pos.Player (Home Tour)Points
70Myles Creighton (PGA TOUR Series-China)77.233
71Ryan Snouffer (Mackenzie Tour)69.076
72Chris Wiatr (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)68.850
73Trey Shirley (Mackenzie Tour)68.821
74Steven Chervony (Mackenzie Tour)68.375
75Chandler Eaton (Korn Ferry Tour)64.375
76Byron Meth (Korn Ferry Tour)63.667
77Michael Feuerstein (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)63.321
78Will Grimmer (Korn Ferry Tour)60.000
79Andy Zhang (Mackenzie Tour)56.656
80AJ Crouch (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)55.356
81Akshay Bhatia (No Tour Affiliation)54.167
 Aaron Terrazas (Korn Ferry Tour)54.167
83Peyton White (Korn Ferry Tour)52.560
84Shotaro Ban (PGA TOUR Series-China)50.000
 Horacio Leon (Korn Ferry Tour)50.000

About LOCALiQ Series

The PGA TOUR established the LOCALiQ Series in 2020 to give playing opportunities to members of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. The LOCALiQ Series is a set of seven 54-hole events played in the Southeastern U.S. (Georgia, Alabama and Florida), with the culminating 72-hole, limited-field tournament held at TPC Sugarloaf in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth. LOCALiQ, the sales and marketing arm of Gannett Co., Inc., and the Official Digital Marketing Services Firm of the PGA TOUR, is committed to the communities in its network and helping them build relationships with their local businesses.