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LECOM Health Challenge Alumni Mackenzie Hughes
Claims First PGA TOUR Title
Rookie credits LECOM Health Challenge for ‘second chance’

FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. (Nov. 21, 2016) –  In dramatic fashion, LECOM Health Challenge alumni and rookie Mackenzie Hughes sunk a 17-foot par putt from the fringe during a four-way sudden death playoff at the RSM Classic today to claim his first-ever PGA TOUR victory.

Hughes – who recently married into a Chautauqua county family – credits his fifth-place finish at the LECOM Health Challenge in July for jumpstarting his career.

“I was in the Monday qualifier for the LECOM Health Challenge and ended up getting in the next day.  It was like a second chance on life,” said the Hamilton, Ontario native and two-time Canadian Amateur Champion. “Playing in front of a bunch of friends and family that week in New York, I finished tied for fifth.  That was the finish that propelled me to where we are today.  I mean, without that tournament, without getting in that week, who knows where I am right now.  I might be back at Q School.  It’s pretty crazy to think that that’s where I was and here’s where I am now.”

This year, Hughes was 140th on the Web.com Tour money list until finishing fifth at the LECOM Health Challenge in July. He then won the third-to-last event of the Regular Season, the Price Cutter Charity Championship, to clinch his TOUR card.

The victory is significant for Hughes, as it arrives in what was the 25-year-old’s ninth career TOUR start, his fifth as a rookie.  Additionally, the $1,080,000 winning purse provides immediate financial security along with job security in the form of exemptions through the 2018-2019 TOUR season and a guaranteed ticket to Augusta National for his second start in a major championship (in addition to the 2013 U.S. Open).

For more information on Mackenzie Hughes’ victory, visit the PGATOUR.com.

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