Former Georgia Southern golfer Steven Fisk seems to have a knack for playing his best golf when his back is against the wall.
Heading into Monday’s final round of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying tournament at Landings Club on Savannah’s Marshwood Golf Course, Fisk was tied for 86th place. The top 40 players on the pitch this week get exemptions for the first eight Korn Ferry Tour events in 2022 and Fisk had his work cut out for him to jump over 40 spots.
Fisk not only made his way into the top 40, but managed to finish the tournament tied for 19th after beating the course for a 64 without a bogey and a final total of -3 for the tournament. Earn over $ 8,000 in the process.
“I felt like I had to at least get two under par to give myself a really good chance,” Fisk said. “Once I birdied it on my 17th hole it lost three points and I felt pretty comfortable. It turned out there was one less than reaching the top 40, but it was almost two less, so I’m glad I was able to get things done. We ended up having a great day and the wind wasn’t blowing as much so the conditions were much better for descending at low altitude.
It wasn’t the first time that Fisk had succeeded like he had in college and shot a 65 on the last day of the second stage of the Korn Ferry Q-school to qualify for this week’s tournament, including a 30 on the back nine. Fisk started to warm up with his short game helping the cause as he netted four straight birdies midway through his round on Monday.
“I would love to do it the other way around and have a good start, it seems a little easier,” Fisk said. “I just got hot there on the last two holes of the last nine, which were my first nine. On the 17th I hit one to six or seven feet and hit the putt. I hit an 18 pitching wedge about a foot and a half for a birdie. On the turn, I hit one about six or seven feet and putt on number one, then putt about nine or ten feet for a birdie on the next hole number two.
To make things even more special, the old Eagle also had an old Eagle on his bag. Recent Georgia Southern graduate Jake Maples caddied for Fisk this week.
“Having Jake on the bag was awesome,” Fisk said. “He was also a Q-school senior caddy for me and he did an amazing job. You can call the club you’re playing at and they can recommend someone, but I prefer to have someone I know and preferably a friend. Jake is a laid back guy and we get along so well. It has been great having someone like him with me where we can hang out and eat and it makes me more relaxed and makes things a little more fun. I’m glad he came for the ride.
Knowing he has at least eight Korn Ferry Tour starts ahead gives Fisk some room to breathe, but he’s still working hard ahead of the tour’s start in January as he tries to qualify for the Monday. next week’s PGA Tour event, the RSM Classic at Sea Island. .
“It takes some of the pressure off of having the opportunity that I have now,” Fisk said. “This game is really tough and there are a lot of talented people fighting for a limited number of places. All you can ask for is luck that I was able to win some chances here today.
The first Korn Ferry Tour event for 2022 Fisk had better bring sunscreen as it will be playing January 16-19 at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.