Tyler Collet, PGA doubled over when he learned Thursday he had won the South Florida PGA Professional Championship by the smallest of margin. It was that kind of a day over at BallenIsles Country Club’s vaunted East Course. “What a battle it was today,” said Collet, a PGA Assistant Professional at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach. And what has become a theme in the South Florida PGA the last two years, Collet won this battle. He shot 1-under 71 – one of only nine rounds under par – to win the South Florida PGA Professional Championship by a stroke over defending champion Tim Cantwell, PGA of PGA National and Joe Kern, PGA of Hawk’s Nest Golf Club. The victory clinched Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year for the 28-year-old Collet. The POY gets him into next year’s PGA Tour event at PGA National (formerly the Honda Classic) and Thursday’s win also gets him exempt into the PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico.
The round of the day belonged to Kaitlin Milligan, who just finished up her second year on the Epson Tour. The 2023 season was not the one that Milligan hoped for as she finished 96th on the Official Money List, but she is now six rounds away from earning a spot on the LPGA Tour for 2024. Milligan ended Stage II with a 7-under, bogey-free 65 to finish in a tie for fourth. The Oklahoma native played the last 12 holes of the day in 6-under, and she now has a newfound confidence heading into LPGA Q-Series. “It was good. I really just tried to keep it fairly simple. Just trying to hit a fairway, hit a green, really be where my feet are, and try not to overthink the score or what it was going to be or what I was at or anything like that,” said Milligan
At the Country Club of Jackson, after the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, the mood was good. It was celebratory. In his sixth year as a pro, the 30-year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan, had made his first PGA Tour cut. He showed good form in doing so, too. On Thursday, he shot a four-under 68. On Friday, on the cusp of playing his first-ever weekend, White shot a 70. After Sunday, he’ll cash a paycheck.
Kristen Gillman shot a bogey-free 64 on Sunday to finish T4 (-19) in the Epson Tour Championship and, more importantly, leap frog into 10th in the final "Race for the Card" standings. With the Top-10 in the season-long standings earning full status on the LPGA Tour in 2024, Kristen's heroics -- including a birdie-eagle finish -- allowed her to capture the last card available.
Kristen Gillman talks through the final-round emotions at the Epson Tour Championship where she delivered under pressure to earn her LPGA Tour card.
Kristen Gillman's redemptive season on the Epson Tour came down to the final two holes of the Tour Championship. Starting the week in 13th place on the tour’s Race for the Card standings, three spots away from earning an LPGA card for 2024, the 26-year-old peered over at the leaderboard while walking off the 16th green at 16 under par. Quickly, the two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion deduced that her then five-under day was not enough. Gillman believed she had to go birdie-eagle to move into 10th place on the money list. Gillman executed, birdieing the par-3 17th at the Jones Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., then hitting her second on the par-5 18th to five feet. Gillman's eagle polished off a closing eight-under 64.
After shooting a 64 to win the Monday Qualifier, Brett White fired four more under-par rounds (68-70-68-69) at the Sanderson Farms Championship to make the cut and finish T13 in his second ever PGA Tour start. He was 3rd in driving distance (318.7 yds) and 9th in strokes gained putting (+4.228) for the week.