After delivering an eight-birdie, bogey-free performance in the first round, Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) Tour veteran and former Louisiana State University star Landon Lyons won the APGA Tour at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Deere Run. in Silvis, Illinois, in July.

Competing on the same course where JT Poston won the PGA TOUR’s John Deere Classic under 21 over four rounds, Lyons birdied 12 on his first 24 holes to build an insurmountable lead over the 46-man field. .

“It’s good to see the hard work this year paying off,” said Lyons, who started 12 events on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica last winter and spring after finishing second in the qualifying meet at the circuit in Argentina.

“That’s what we worked on with my swing. I hit it much closer and was able to sink the handle 10-15 feet.

Lyons has started a Korn Ferry Tour event but is otherwise experiencing a series of near misses in both Q school and Monday qualifying. “I’ve gotten the low numbers needed the last few weeks. I have to keep raising my game.

The win was Lyon’s fifth APGA Tour title since 2020 and second this year as he pursues his dream of playing on the PGA TOUR. Lyons also won the APGA Tour at the 2020 TPC Deere Run.

Despite a bumpy second round, Lyon’s final tally was a five-stroke win over last week’s APGA Tour winner Toks Pedro at TPC Sugarloaf with a par 63-70-133 nine under. At one point his lead reached nine strokes. Lyons pocketed the top cash prize of $7,500 out of the total purse of $25,000.

The APGA Tour was established in 2010 with a mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf by organizing and hosting professional golf tournaments, player development programs, mentorship programs and introducing the game to young people in the city centre.

The APGA promotes HBCU golfers:

Besides Lyon’s victory in July, the APGA also supported the HBCU golfers.

Marcus Smith, Jr. of the Howard University golf team finished fifth on the tour. He, along with teammate Joshua Siplin, was excused on the course as part of the APGA’s effort to provide senior-level opportunities for HBCU golfers.

Howard University’s golf team is funded in part by Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

The APGA Tour is now moving to Louisville, Kentucky, for the APGA Tour in Valhalla, July 19-20. The regular season then culminates on August 8-9, when the Mastercard APGA Tour Championship is contested at TPC San Antonio, where the Lexus Cup points standings champion will be crowned.

According to the APGA, the tour has grown from seven events with $200,000 in prizes in 2020 and 14 events with over $400,000 in prizes in 2021, to 18 events with over $800,000 in prizes and bonuses in 2022.

Joseph Phillips is the sports editor of the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is originally from Chicago and has been a sports journalist for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.