Tour Returns To Madison Green

The Tour arrived in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a stop at the Links at Madison Green.

Ben Vertz of Coral Springs fired an eight under par 64 to score his first victory as a professional golfer. It was his fifth start on the Tour since Nov. 19. He earned $1,000 from the $4,597 purse. There were 35 starters.

Other local winners included Justin Bryant of Royal Palm Beach, who took home $300; Brandon Smith of West Palm Beach, $207.50; Gabe Costa of Tequesta, $175; Josh Hart of Jupiter, $175; Stevenson Clarke of West Palm Beach, $72.33; and Nathan Sutherland of Jupiter.

The mission of the Tour is to provide an affordable, top-level professional golf training ground for players who aspire to play on the PGA,, Champions and LPGA tours. At least 30 players who have competed on the tour qualified for the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fifty-eight players competed at second stage in 2011.

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