Adam Hart didn’t have an easy time during his round Saturday.
But Hart, the former Francis Marion standout, birdied two of his final three holes, and his second birdie of the day helped him advance past the first stage of the PGA Tour Q-School at Florence Country Club.
Hart finished the four-day event with a 3-under 277, which was the cutoff point for advancing to the second stage. The top 17 and ties were guaranteed to move on and 21 golfers ended up going on to the next stage, which will be held at various sites next month.
It was third time Hart has advanced to the second stage of Q-School.
“It was one of those days where it was a grind until you finished,” Hart said. “I just tried to give myself chances over and over. I hit a good shot on 16 and then made a good putt on 18. That was big.”
Hart, who has had his ups and downs playing in the various mini-tours this year, started off slow after shooting a 3-over 73 in the first round Thursday. But the Blythewood native followed that by shooting 8-under over the next two days and was in good position heading into the final round.
But windy conditions made it a struggle for Hart and the rest of the field in the final round. He was 3-over on his round heading to the par-3 16 th . But he birdied that one only to follow it up with a bogey.
Hart rebounded and hit a nice approach shot on the par-5 18 th hole and sank the putt for the birdie. It was the second straight day he birdied the final hole.
“Four days of this was tough,” Hart said. “Mentally, it was exhausting today. But I just tried to stay positive all week.”
Jonathan Hodge finished first after shooting a 2-under 68 and finished the tournament at 9-under. Former Clemson standout Brent Delahoussaye was third at 6-under.
Lake City’s Paul Woodbury finished tied for 24 th at even-par 280. Other players with local ties were Bennettsville’s Scott Usher (282), Cheraw’s McCuen Elmore (283) and Lake City’s Tripp McAllister (290).