There is some high-powered professional golf in Las Vegas with the playing of the APGA Tour April 11-13 at TPC Las Vegas and also a Korn Ferry Tour event April 15-18. The new event will be the first of five on PGA TOUR-owned Tournament Players Club (TPC) courses this year. The MGM Championship at Paiute marks the first time the Korn Ferry Tour has visited Las Vegas. –By Brian Hurlburt, Las Vegas Golf Insider.
APGA Tour Las Vegas will be the fifth competition of the year for the pro golf mini-tour whose mission is to bring greater diversity to the sport of golf. It will be conducted under social-distancing and health/safety guidelines in conjunction with regional authorities. The 36-hole event (April 12-13) offers a $25,000 purse.
APGA Tour stars Willie Mack III, Kevin Hall and Kamaiu Johnson, all of whom teed off as sponsor exemptions in PGA TOUR events in the past two months, are expected to be in the field along with 2018 and 2020 APGA Tour Player of the Year Tim O’Neal. Also expected to play are the winners of each tournament so far this year.
Michael Herrera, Landon Lyons, Jarred Garcia and Rovonta Young have each emerged victorious since the tour launched the new season in January. Herrera and Lyons were co-winners of the APGA Tour at Crossings at Carlsbad January 28, before Lyons captured the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Invitational two days later at Torrey Pines North. The tour then headed to the Sunshine State, where Jarred Garcia locked down a victory at the APGA Tour Black History Month Classic February 19-21 in Port St. Lucie and Rovonta Young secured the APGA Tour at World Golf Village title March 21-23 in St. Augustine.
Mack, Hall and Johnson received major media coverage and social media exposure in their PGA TOUR efforts at the Farmers Insurance Open, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and The Honda Classic. All three missed the cut and look forward to the APGA Tour schedule and other competition opportunities going forward.
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2021 Season Schedule (results when applicable)
Jan. 28 – APGA Tour at Crossings at Carlsbad
The Crossings at Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
· Co-Winners – Michael Herrera, Landon Lyons
Jan. 30 – APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Invitational
Torrey Pines North, La Jolla, CA
· Winner – Landon Lyons
Feb. 19-21 – APGA Tour Black History Month Classic
PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, FL
· Winner – Jarred Garcia
March 21-23 – APGA Tour at World Golf Village
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL
· Winner – Rovonta Young
April 11-13 – APGA Tour Las Vegas
TPC Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
April 18-20 – APGA Tour Scottsdale
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
· New Event
May 23-25 – APGA Tour Louisville
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY
· New Event
May 31-June 2 – APGA Tour New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
· New Event
July 18-20 – APGA Tour Deere Run
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL
· 2020 Champion – Landon Lyons
Aug. 8-10 – APGA Tour Championship Atlanta
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, GA
· 2020 Champion – Kamaiu Johnson