Kyle Wilshire, a former Scott County standout who played in college at Central Florida, tied for fourth at 20-under par in the PGA Tour Canada's qualifying tournament in Winter Garden, Fla., to earn exempt status for the upcoming season's first six events.
Wilshire finished strong with a 65 on Friday after shooting 68, 67 and 68 in the previous three rounds. Wilshire's round Friday included an eagle on No. 2, six birdies and one bogey.
"I came into the week pretty confident," Wilshire said. "Four rounds in the 60s was pretty cool."
Wilshire, who turned pro last June after graduating from college, made it to the second stage of Web.com Tour qualifying last fall. Another former Central Florida standout, Greg Eason, played on the PGA's Canadian tour last year, and he suggested Wilshire give it a shot.
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"I'm looking forward to it," Wilshire said. "I've never been to Canada. I don't mind the travel part of it. I get to see a new part of the world, I guess."
Another Kentuckian, former Butler High School and Murray State standout Jared Wolfe, tied with Wilshire for fourth and also earned exempt status. Cody Martin, a Ryle graduate who played in college at Kentucky, earned conditional tour status with a 27th-place finish.
PGA Tour Canada has two more qualifying tournaments scheduled before its 12-event season starts in Vancouver on May 28.