Indiana’s Matt Holuta took a step in his professional golf career on Wednesday.
Holuta, playing his third season on the Minor League Golf Tour based in South Florida, tied for first place in one on the tour’s Monday Qualifier Contests. Holuta tied Luke Graboyes, of Watch-ung, N.J., with a cumulative score of 5-under-par 209 over the course of three events.
Each of eight qualifier contests consists of three consecutive one-day events in which the lowest score wins a $1,000 bonus to go toward competition in Korn Ferry Tour or a PGA Tour Monday Qualifier. Players are reimbursed $1,000 as soon as they compete in the qualifier, with the prize going toward the entry fee and travel expenses. In this case, Holuta and Graboyes split the prize.
This week’s competition was staged at The Florida Club, Plantation Preserve Golf Club and The Fox Club.
Holuta entered the final event with a one-stroke lead over Graboyes. Graboyes took the lead with a birdie midway through the final event, but Holuta drained a birdie putt on the final hole to forge the tie.
No playoff was staged due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The next MLGT event is Monday at Indian Spring Golf Club in Boynton Beach, Fla.