HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Florida — John Langhoff is from Wisconsin, but he hasn’t lived there since moving to Florida after high school in 2013.
Wednesday morning at 7:40, when he tees off during the second round of the Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour-Canada Qualifying Tournament at Mission Inn Resort’s El Campeon Course, he’ll get a small taste of Badger State weather.
With unseasonably cool conditions for this part of Central Florida, Langhoff said he’ll “definitely be layering up” for at least part of his round. The good news is he will enter the second round in a six-way tie for the lead after he shot a 3-under 69 to join Americans Matthew Oshrine, Bennett Wisner, Kyle Mueller and amateur Travis Trace and Norway’s Andreas Halvorsen atop the leaderboard.
Four others are a stroke back, tied for seventh, with another eight players two shots behind.
Langhoff could point to a shot from a penalty area on No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, as a pivotal point in his round. He finished his front nine in style, making the chip to shoot an opening-nine 33 on the strength of four birdies.
“It was a pretty straight forward chip now that you can ground the club in the hazard,” he said.
Meanwhile, Halvorsen’s only troubles Tuesday came on the El Campeon Course’s two closing holes, Nos. 9 and 18. He bogeyed both, his only bogeys of the day. Conversely, he birdied both the first and 10 holes, two of his overall five birdies.
Halvorsen is fully-exempt on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in 2019, while Mueller is only conditionally exempt. Mueller is looking for a regular place to play while Halvorsen seeks an opportunity to fill out his schedule when PGA TOUR Latinoamerica takes its normal summer hiatus, so having the opportunity to fill that part of the calendar in Canada is this week's goal.
“I’ll see it goes. It all depends on how I play this week, but that’s the plan,” Halvorsen said.
In the first round of the PGA Tour-Latinoamerica Q-School, there were 28 under-par scores. In Tuesday’s Mackenzie Tour first round, there were 18 sub-par scores.
There are 120 players competing this week with hopes of earning Mackenzie Tour membership for the 2019 season. Below is a breakdown of the status available at each of the six Qualifying Tournaments:
|Medalist||Exempt for the 2019 season|
|2nd thru 14th||Exempt for the first six evens & subject to re-shuffle|
|15th thru 40th (plus ties)||Conditionally exempt for the 2019 season|