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  • The First Look: L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club

  • Jennings Mill Country Club opened in 1986 after Bob Cupp designed the 18-hole championship venue. This week, the par-72 course will play at 6,982 yards.
    Jennings Mill Country Club opened in 1986 after Bob Cupp designed the 18-hole championship venue. This week, the par-72 course will play at 6,982 yards.
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  • WATKINSVILLE, Georgia—The Forme Tour begins its inaugural season this week at the L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club. Jennings Mill has previously hosted PGA TOUR-affiliated golf as the host site of the Athens Regional Foundation Classic between 2006 and 2009. The PGA TOUR created the Forme Tour in 2021, giving PGA TOUR Canada members who didn’t live in Canada a competitive place to play after restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border made it impossible to play in Canada. The PGA TOUR teamed with Forme for an eight-tournament series that begins this week and concludes in early September. The Forme Tour is an official PGA TOUR-affiliated professional golf tour played in the United States, featuring open-competition to all nationalities.

    DATES: June 21-26, 2021
    OFFICIAL NAME: L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club
    HASHTAGS: #L&JGolfChamp #FormeTour
    SCHEDULE: First event of the 2021 Forme Tour season
    VENUE: Jennings Mill Country Club
    PAR/YARDS: 72 (36-36), 6,982
    POINTS LIST: Winner earns 500 points
    PURSE MONEY: U.S. $115,000 (winner claims U.S. $20,000)
    CUT: Top 60 professional (and ties, plus any amateurs inside the top-60)

    FIELD OVERVIEW:

    SIZE: 156 players (including eight who qualified last week via the 18-hole qualifier)

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
    Wednesday, June 22 First Round
    Thursday, June 22 Second Round
    Friday, June 23 Third Round
    Saturday, June 24 Final Round

    PAST PGA TOUR-AFFILIATED TOUR TOURNAMENTS AT JENNINGS MILL COUNTRY CLUB

    Year

    Winner (Country)

    Score

    Tour

    2006

    Paul Gow (Australia)

    267, 21-under (3 strokes)

    Korn Ferry Tour

    2007

    Martin Laird (Scotland)

    272, 16-under (1 stroke)

    Korn Ferry Tour

    2008

    Robert Damron (U.S.)

    277, 11-under (playoff)

    Korn Ferry Tour

    2009

    Patrick Sheehan (U.S.)

    274, 14-under (playoff)

    Korn Ferry Tour

    COMPETITORS’ NOTES FROM THIS WEEK’S FIELD

    There are 156 players from 15 or countries or territories playing this week.

    The breakdown of the 156 players in the field this week: Canada (8), China (1), Chinese Taipei (1), Costa Rica (1), England (4), France (1), Germany (3), Hong Kong (1), India (1), Philippines (1), Puerto Rico (1), South Africa (2), Sweden (1), United States (129) and Venezuela (1)

    Eight of the 10 players who earned the ability to play in every 2021 Forme Tour tournament via 72-hole qualifiers held in 2020 (three) and 2021 (seven) are playing this week. They are, from 2020, Blake Elliott (Florida), Isaiah Salinda (Florida), Luis Gagne (Florida), Keenan Huskey (Alabama), Jeffrey Kang (California), Clay Feagler (Arizona), Patrick Cover (Georgia) and Callum Davison (Washington).

    Cameron Young and Camilo Aguado are not playing this week. Young qualified in Dothan, Alabama, in 2020. He is an exempt member of the Korn Ferry Tour and is playing there. Aguado, who qualified in Weston, Florida, earlier this year, is also exempt on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, and he elected to play this week in the Banco del Pacifico Open in Quito, Ecuador.

    Bryson Nimmer was the Player of the Year on the 2020 LOCALiQ Series, a set of eight tournaments for members of PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China, circuits that all had their seasons either canceled or delayed due to the global pandemic. Nimmer, a Hilton Head, South Carolina, native and a former Clemson Tiger golfer, won two tournaments and was a runner-up in a third. He and Zane Thomas will be the first players to tee off in the first round of the L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club, Nimmer off No. 1 tee and Thomas off No. 10.

    Other LOCALiQ Series winners playing this week are Carson Young, Cooper Musselman, Stoney Crouch and Justin Doeden. Young won the tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, Musselman was victorious in a playoff over Bryson Nimmer in Auburn, Alabama, Crouch won in a playoff over Hayden Shieh in Pine Mountain, Georgia, and Doeden won in Weston, Florida. Musselman and Doeden are in the same grouping Wednesday and Thursday. They are in the 12:25 p.m., grouping teeing off No. 1 in the first round.

    The top-five Points List earners at the end of the eight-tournament season will move on to the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour, with the player with the most points eligible to play in every event. He will also be crowned as the Tour’s Player of the Year. Players finishing 2-5 will earn membership and be eligible to play based on available space in each week’s field.

    Here are the top finishers from the 2019 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit who are in the field this week. The 2019 season was the last the Tour used earned money to determine player ranking. These players are eligible to play in this week’s tournament because of their performances two seasons ago.

    Pos.

    Player

    Money

    2019 Season Highlights

    12.

    Ian Holt (U.S.)

    $46,027

    4 top-10s, 1 third-place finish

    14.

    Travis Trace (U.S.)

    $41,828

    3 top-10s, 1 second-place finish

    15.

    Kyle Mueller (U.S.)

    $38,975

    3 top-10s

    16.

    Brian Carlson (U.S.)

    $$35,341

    2 top-10s, 1 second-place finish

    17.

    James Allenby (Canada)

    $34,051

    2 top-10s, 1 second-place finish

    18.

    Sam Fidone (U.S.)

    $33,250

    2 top-10s, 1 second-place finish

    19.

    Kyler Dunkle (U.S.)

    $30,050

    2 top-10s, 1 second-place finish

    22.

    Jeremy Paul (Germany)

    $26,941

    2 top-10s

    25.

    Ryan Snouffer (U.S.)

    $25,338

    1 top-10, 1 second-place finish

    26.

    Eric McCardle (U.S.)

    $25,264

    1 top-10, 1 third-place finish

    GOLF COURSE: Jennings Mill Country Club opened in 1986 after Bob Cupp designed the 18-hole championship venue. This week, the par-72 course will play at 6,982 yards. Jennings Mill features four par-3s, 10 par-4s and four par-5s, the 18th hole a 479-yard par-4. The other par-5s are on holes 5, 9 and 16. The par-3s are Nos. 4, 8, 12 and 17.

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    FORME TOUR: It is a series of tournaments played in the United States in the summer of 2021, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five point-earners at the end of each season earn Korn Ferry Tour membership, with the next five qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour’s final stage and those finishing 11th through 25th on the Points List invited to the Korn Ferry Tour’s second stage. Top PGA TOUR University players are also eligible. The Path to the PGA TOUR Starts Here, and the Forme Tour’s mission is to provide a high-quality platform to produce alumni that move to the next level, while making a positive impact in the communities where tournaments are played.