Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup Countdown: Ian Holt
December 05, 2018
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- December 05, 2018
- Ian Holt finished in the top-10 four times last season on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. (Claus Andersen/Mackenzie Tour)
While he didn’t find the winners circle, Ian Holt’s 2018 season was very successful, picking up four top-10s, including a runner-up finish at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON. Aided by his 6-foot-3 frame. The 23-year-old became known on the Mackenzie Tour for his driving ability, consistently one of the longest drivers of the ball on Tour. Proving his ability in all facets of the game, Holt finished the season with a scoring average of 68.1, placing him fifth on the Mackenzie Tour in that regard on his way to a ninth-place finish on the Order of Merit.
Below is a background on Holt and an outlook for the Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup presented by Assist Card:
Background: Growing up in Stow, Ohio, Holt elected to play collegiate golf at Kent State University, graduating in 2018 with a business degree. In his sophomore year, Holt was named to the PING Midwest All-Region Team after picking up a T2 and T4 finish during the season, and carried his momentum into the summer months, winning the Northern Amateur by four strokes. The following season was perhaps Holt’s most successful as an amateur, being named to the Ping All-American Team and being crowned as the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year. Following his senior year Holt finished T4 at the Carlton Oaks Mackenzie Tour Q-School event, leading him into his professional career.
With five birdies through 12 holes, @IanHolt32 has grabbed a share of the lead with @Drew_Weaver.— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) September 14, 2018
After a top-10 finish at last week's @MackenzieInvest Open, it's fair to say the @KentStGolf alum is riding some momentum. pic.twitter.com/U7TdgT5PoY
2018 By the Numbers:
Scoring Average: 68.10
Order of Merit Rank: 9
Top moment of 2018:
Ian Holt’s final-round scoring average this year is 67.75.— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) September 9, 2018
He starts today🐤🐤to move within one of the lead pic.twitter.com/rEy6MB3UmM
Holt’s highlight of the season came during the final round of the Syncrude Oil Country Championship, firing a 63, his low-round of the season, to put pressure on eventual winner Tyler McCumber.
The day turned into a shootout between the two players, with McCumber making six birdies on the front and Holt making five of his own on the back-side. Both players finished the day with birdies on their closing two holes as McCumber matched Holt’s 63 and picked up a two-stroke victory.
Holt finished solo-second by three-strokes over George Cunningham, setting himself up for a top-10 spot on the Order of Merit thanks to a T4 finish at the year-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship.