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SANTIAGO, Chile — Former Lakeland High standout Derek Bayley finished at 10-under-par 274 and came in 11th at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Abierto de Chile 2019.
It was the first cut made as a professional for Bayley, who had missed the cut at the first two tour events on the Latin America pro tour.
Bayley, who played at Washington State and turned pro over the winter, shot 69-69-67-69 and earned $4,375.
American John Somers finished at 19-under for a two-shot victory.
Bayley finished ahead of Angel Cabrera, a two-time major champion with 52 professional victories, including two on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Cabrera tied for 27th with a 6-under 278."
Derek Bayley has had a lifelong goal of reaching the major leagues of golf — the PGA Tour.
On Friday, the former Lakeland High star qualified for the Double-A equivalent of the pro golf circuit.
Bayley finished in a five-way tie for seventh at a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica qualifying tournament in Mazatlan, Mexico. He shot 70-71-64-68—273, 15 under par.
By finishing between second and 11th place, he earned fully exempt status for the first half (first eight events) of the upcoming PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season.
“It’s pretty exciting, especially with it being my first time in Q-school, and first time trying to make it on a big-time tour,” said Bayley, who went on to play at Washington State. “It’s pretty fulfilling to do what I did this week, and it’s a good start to getting to the next level.”
The tour schedule has yet to be announced. The Mazatlan tourney was the second of four qualifying events for the tour. The schedule will likely be announced after the last two qualifying tourneys.
The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is one of three tours budding pros can use in their attempt to reach the PGA Tour. The other tours are the Mackenzie Tour (also called PGA TOUR Canada) and PGA TOUR China.
From there, pros can qualify for the Web.com Tour, and from there, qualify for the PGA Tour.
Bayley said he will likely turn pro when he enters his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event — whenever that is.
In addition to earning amateur player of the year honors in Idaho and Washington, Bayley twice beat a pro-heavy field at the Rosauers Open Invitational in Spokane.
This fall, he completed work on his sports management degree at WSU. In recent weeks, he’s played in three amateur events and spent time in Phoenix working on his game.
Golfers could enter just one of the four PGA TOUR Latinoamérica qualifying tournaments. The first event was in Florida; the final two are in Brazil and Argentina.
Bayley said he chose the Mazatlan site because it was a short flight from Phoenix.
He was 3-under after 36 holes, then shot 64 on Thursday and 68 on Friday.
“It was good to have a couple weeks in Phoenix to work on my game, and once I got here, things kind of clicked,” Bayley said. “I got off to a pretty average start — I haven’t played in a lot of four-round tournaments, so as long as you don’t shoot yourself in the foot early, you’re going to be OK. After two rounds, I was around 30-35th, and shooting 64 in the third round propelled me up there, and I rode the wave coming in.”
Those who finished between 12th and 35th at Mazatlan earned conditional status for the first half of the tour schedule.
Bayley, 23, plans to head home soon, and get ready for his professional golf debut.
“I’ve always said I’m not going to turn pro until there’s something to play in, and now there’s something to play in,” he said.
Bayley has also signed up to play in a Mackenzie Tour qualifying tournament in British Columbia in late April. That would give him another avenue to advance to Web.com Tour qualifying.
“I’m just taking it day by day,” Bayley said. “As I like to say, you start in Double-A, and work your way up to Triple-A, and see if you can make it to the major leagues.” "
"Former Lakeland standout Coffey earns All-America honors
Idaho sophomore punter Cade Coffey was named a second-team All-American by STATS on Tuesday.
Coffey, from Lakeland High, also picked up honorable mention accolades on the HERO Sports Sophomore All-America Team.
Coffey, an All-Big Sky First Team selection, averaged 44.1 yards per punt to rank fifth in the FCS and help Idaho net 40 yards per punt — the best mark in the Big Sky and second best in the country. The Rathdrum native booted 19 kicks of at least 50 yards, including a career-long 80-yard punt against Southern Utah that is tied for the second-longest punt of the year, nationally.
Coffey was a USA Today Freshman All-America selection in 2017 at the FBS level. He is the latest in a long line of decorated Vandal punters. Coffey is just the fourth different starting punter since 2006, following Austin Rehkow (2013-16), Bobby Cowan (2009-12) and T.J. Conley (2006-08) — each of whom earned All-America recognition during their careers.
He is Idaho’s first All-America punter at the FCS level since Tom Sugg in 1991."
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