Madden cruises through Korn Ferry Pre-Qualifying

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Jack Madden will play in Stage One of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School next month after he breezed through three rounds of pre-qualifying in Ashland New England. 

The Royal Portrush man was one of two amateurs to make the top-30 and progress and he qualified in style in a share of 6th place after backing up an opening 73 with rounds of 65 and 70. 

That gave Madden a five-under total just five shots off leading qualifier Joe Weller – no not the Youtuber. 

Madden who attends college in Arkansas State carded three birdies and two bogeys in a one-under round. 

Birdies at the sixth, twelfth and eighteenth cancelled out blemishes on the ninth and fifteenth and he can look forward to the first stage of qualifying for the PGA Tour’s second tier. 

The rewards for progressing to the Korn Ferry have become very lucrative all of a sudden after the recent announcement from PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan with a guaranteed $500,000 for players who earn promotion to the PGA Tour via the Korn Ferry as a base amount for the season regardless of how they perform in a minimum 15 events. 

So for Madden, if he could qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour next year which has been a breeding ground for world class players he could pocket himself $500,000 if he earns promotion to the PGA Tour in the future. 

Madden has just completed his junior year in Arkansas and has three wins under his belt Stateside while he also led the East of Ireland Amateur Championship en route to a top-10 and his best finish in Ireland was 6th at the Ulster Strokeplay. 

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