Topsham’s Caleb Manuel and Camden’s Cole Anderson are trying ahead to teeing it up with the professionals when the second annual Reside and Work in Maine Korn Ferry Tour match begins on Thursday on the Falmouth Nation Membership.
It is going to be a four-day, 72-hole match, with cuts being made after the second spherical.
Chad Remy from Fulton, Mississippi, gained final 12 months’s inaugural occasion with a 16-under-par 268 over the par-71, 7,372-yard structure.
It is going to be the primary time the 21-year-old Anderson has performed in a serious professional match, whereas Manuel is recent off his look within the U.S. Open at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Massachusetts, the place he shot a 17-over-par 157.
The 20-year-old Manuel performed in final 12 months’s Reside and Work in Maine match and shot a 16-over 158 and missed the lower.
Manuel is a two-time All-Massive East choice from the College of Connecticut and was final 12 months’s Rookie of the Yr. He shared medalist honors on the Massive East Event this season and completed tied for fifteenth on the New Haven Regional.
Anderson, who performs golf for Florida State, tied for fortieth amongst 169 golfers on the NCAA Division I Nationwide Championship Event on the Grayhawk Golf Membership in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Anderson and Manuel every obtained sponsor’s exemptions to play within the match.
The Korn Ferry Tour is one step under the PGA Tour, and the highest 25 finishers based mostly on factors obtain their PGA Tour playing cards for subsequent season. There’s a three-tournament collection after the common season from which the highest 25 additionally obtain PGA tour playing cards.
“I’m trying ahead to the chance,” stated Anderson, who performed in an beginner match in Pennsylvania this previous weekend to organize for the Korn Ferry occasion.
“I’m glad I’m able to play in it, and I’m trying ahead to having a very good week,” Anderson stated.
Manuel shot a 13-over-par 83 within the first spherical on the U.S. Open on Thursday however bounced again and shot a decent 4-over-par 74 on Friday.
“I discovered that I can play with these guys, and I additionally discovered the way to deal with my nerves higher in entrance of extra folks and on a much bigger stage,” Manuel stated. “Hopefully, this week, it would really feel somewhat bit simpler on the market.”
Anderson stated he feels good concerning the present state of his sport.
“I’ve been trending in a very good path for a short time. I’m feeling very snug. I like the place every thing is headed. No complaints on that entrance,” Anderson stated.
He added that making the lower in a match like this requires plenty of key elements.
“Ball placing and the brief sport are the place it’s at,” Anderson stated. “You should drive the ball pretty straight and it’s a must to place your iron photographs precisely and exactly.”
Anderson likes the concept of enjoying in opposition to among the high professionals on the earth to see the place he stacks up in opposition to them.
“On the identical time, it’s simply one other golf match. I’m going to exit and compete in opposition to myself greater than the rest, and the place I find yourself on the leaderboard is the place I find yourself,” he stated.
The tee occasions haven’t been introduced, however the former highschool rivals and mates are blissful to be enjoying in the identical match.
“We performed in a match in Miami over the winter break,” Anderson stated. “Earlier than that, it hadn’t been since highschool. It is going to be good to reconnect with him. It is going to be enjoyable.”
“It is going to be cool to play in opposition to him once more, for positive,” stated Manuel, who performed for Mt. Ararat Excessive College of Topsham whereas Anderson performed for Camden Hills Excessive College in Rockport.
Anderson gained the state Class A particular person championship in 2015 and ’16 and shared the title with Scarborough’s Anthony Burnham in 2017 earlier than ending second to Manuel in 2018.
Manuel gained it once more in 2019.