Clayton Rask wins Killearn Country Club Classic

Tallahassee, Fla. – (February 25, 2013)Clayton Rask had always dreamed of going to the final hole of regulation, making a birdie and celebrating his first NGA TOUR victory. While he was only able to make good on one of the three wishes, at least it was the one he wanted the most.

Clayton Rask Killearn win

When the Killearn Country Club Classic was shortened to 36 holes, Rask was declared the winner on Monday afternoon, giving him plenty of time to celebrate before this week’s NGA TOUR event in Tifton, Ga.

 

“You’d like to go up to 18 in the final round and make the birdie putt, but that’s not the way it happened,” said Rask, who finished with a 13-under 131 total and earned $28,000 for the victory. “It’s a win and I get credit for it. That’s why you go out and play as hard as you can every round. You never know what can happen.”

 

That was certainly the case with the season-opening event at Killearn.

 

After a massive front of inclement weather pushed the first round into Friday and the finish of the second round into Sunday, the NGA TOUR shortened the event to 54 holes with hopes of a Sunday finish. Unfortunately, rain didn’t allow many of the leaders to complete the final round of play.

 

The decision was made to finish on Tuesday, but due to continuous rains and flood warnings in the Tallahassee area, the event was shortened to 36 holes.

 

After a 5-under 67 in the first round left him tied for seventh, Rask, a former Minnesota Golden Gopher from Otsego, Minn., started inching up the leaderboard in the second round. Rask played his first 12 holes of the second round at 5-under par before play was suspended due to rain on Friday.

 

“Anytime you have delays it can be tough,” said Rask. “Luckily, I’ve had my fair share of experience with them. You can’t get frustrated and start listening to what other people have to say about the situation. You can’t control the conditions. You just have to stay focused.

 

Rask did just that when he returned to complete his second round on Saturday, picking up three more birdies and finishing with an 8-under 64 that gave him the outright lead and led to a two-stroke victory over Trent Whitekiller.

 

“I got off to a good start in the second round and had a couple of up and downs to keep the round going,” said Rask. “Despite the weather, the greens at Killearn were in great shape and I putted well. I had all the confidence in the world when I got over my putts. My putting was my saving grace this week.”

 

With the win, Rask takes the early lead in the NGA TOUR money standings and hopes to stay there in order to receive one of the many Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR event exemptions to be given to NGA TOUR members this season.

 

“I looked at all those exemptions at the beginning of the season, and they’re definitely part of my goals for the year,” said Rask. “If you’re playing well out here, you never know what can happen if you can get into one of those events.”

 

Whitekiller, a former Oklahoma State standout from Sallisaw, Okla., opened with a 7-under 65 to earn a share of the first-round lead and carded a 4-under 68 in the second round. While he played both rounds bogey-free, the Cowboy alum came up short of his first victory, finishing at 11-under par.

 

Miami’s James Vargas and Zack Fischer of Wake Village, Texas, finished tied for third at 10-under par, while Lake City’s Blayne Barber, Longwood’s Jeff Corr, Chris Erwin of Brentwood, Tenn., and Canadian Marc-Etienne Bussieres finished T5 at 9-under par.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA and Web.com Tours and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour Professionals.

 

The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.

 

NGA alumni include: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; British Open Champion Tom Lehman; PGA Champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship Winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year Michael Thompson; 2012 PGA TOUR winners Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings and Scott Piercy.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour, established in 1988, predates the Web.com Tour as the longest running developmental tour in golf. In 2012, the NGA TOUR became the “Official Partner of the 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open” and secured one PGA TOUR and six Web.com Tour event exemptions for its members, the most in developmental golf.

 

For more information on the NGA or the NGA Pro Golf Tour, please visit our website at www.NGATOUR.com or contact our Tour Office at (800) 992-8748.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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