(Record Setting recap done by Frank Jolly, April 12, 2016, pulled from www.dailycommercial.com for full story visit here)
SwingThought pro sets course record at Harbor Hills
LADY LAKE — Blake Sattler didn’t win the Lake County Classic at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake, but he turned in a record-setting performance.
Sattler finished in a tie for fifth place in the SwingThought.com Tour’s annual stop in Lake County, six shots behind winner Brian Richey, but was the talk of the tournament on Friday after he set a course record with a 10-under par 62.
Sattler’s record-setting trip around Harbor Hills’ 6,899-yard rolling layout included a bogey on the par 4 first hole, followed by 11 birdies over the final 17 holes. He shot a 3-under par 33 on the outward nine and blistered the back nine with a 7-under par 29.
On the back nine, Sattler birdied all but the 13th hole — a 177-yard par 3 — and the 17th — a 400-yard par 4.
Not only was his third round a record-setting effort, but Sattler’s fifth-place tie was the best of his professional career. For the tournament, Sattler carded a 271 — 17-under par — and collected $4,724.
Richey earned $16,500 for winning the tournament.
Sattler had only five bogeys over 72 holes at Harbor Hills. However, he was only 2-under par in the 36 holes that made up the opening and closing rounds, which likely proved to be his undoing.
His second- and third-round scores — 15-under par — was the second lowest in the tournament, trailing Richey by one shot.
For the season, Sattler has played seven rounds and sports a 68.71 scoring average. His third-round scoring average (65.33) is third-best on the SwingThought tour.
Sattler, a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio, has been a longtime member of the SwingThought.com Tour for the past nine years. He has also played on the Web.com Tour, the developmental tour for the PGA Tour.
The SwingThought.com Tour is developmental tour designed to help budding professionals earn their PGA Tour cards and become regulars in the “big leagues” of professional golf. The circuit promotes itself with the slogan, “Champions Start Here.”
Since it was founded in 1988, the tour has produced countless PGA Tour professionals, including Bubba Watson, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk and John Daly. Its alumni have won 17 Majors, with Watson earning two Masters titles (2012 and 2014) and Zach Johnson winning one (2007).