SEBRING, Fla. --- UConn golf team alumnus Brian Hughes (Fairfield, Conn.) finished in a three-way tie for second place at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Q-School, good enough to earn him partial status on the tour for the 2016 season.
Hughes, a 2013 UConn grad with a degree in Economics, shot an 8-under par 280 at the Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in Sebring, Fla., to finish two strokes behind medalist Corey Conners (Ontario, Canada) and in a tie with Paul Apyan (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Tom Whitney (Fort Collins, Colo.).
By virtue of his victory, Conners earns full exempt status for the 2016 PGA Tour Latinoamerica season. Hughes, as one of the next 10 players in the standings, earned guaranteed status for the first half of the 2016 season, which includes eight tournaments. Those 10 players are subject to a reshuffle for the second half of the season.
After shooting 67 and 68 in the first two rounds of the Q-School, Hughes was on top of the leaderboard by four strokes. Conners took over the lead after the third round and held on in the final round to finish with the two-stroke victory.
Hughes, 24, is starting his third season as a professional. He is no stranger to PGA Tour Latinoamerica, where he played in 2014. Last year, Hughes was a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada member. In both those seasons, his schedule was limited because of his low conditional status. He won’t have that problem through at least the first half of the 2016 season.