Former Southern Miss Golfer Qualifies for PGA Tour Latinoamerica
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Former Southern Miss men’s golfer Casey Fernandez made the cut for the 2018 PGA Tour Latinoamerica after shooting a 1-over 289 at the qualifying event in Pilar, Argentina.
“There wasn’t a lot of room for error, but I played pretty solid in my final round,” Fernandez said. “My game felt good all day. You try not to think about it coming down the stretch (making the cut), but I did what I needed to do. I want to get into as many events as I can this season. Obviously I want to finish as high as you can but the opportunity to have a card and play down there is a relief, it takes a lot of pressure off.”
Fernandez, who hit the links for the Golden Eagles from 2011-2015, tallied 14 birdies over the 72 holes and finished tied for 35th overall. This is the first time that the McAlester, Okla. native has qualified for the entire season. Fernandez had previously qualified for the second half of the 2016 season.
The first half of the tour consists of nine events, spanning from March to June, and the first event, the Guatemala Open, takes places March 15-18.
Fernandez was named Second Team All-Conference USA during his senior year at Southern Miss and collected three tournament while wearing the Black and Gold. He holds the third lowest stroke average for a single-season and ninth best career scoring average in program history.