CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Augusta pro Henrik Norlander broke through for his first eGolf Tour title on Friday, winning the Olde Sycamore Open.
The former Augusta State golfer, who was tied for the lead after the first two rounds, closed with 6-under-par 66 to finish at 16-under 200 and win by two shots. The Swedish native earned $13,000.
He played his final two rounds in 13-under, with 14 birdies.
After a birdie on the opening hole on Friday, Norlander pulled away with birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7. He added birdies on Nos. 11 and 14.
He had one bogey, on the final hole, but it didn’t matter.
Gator Todd, the son of former NFL quarterback Richard Todd, closed with 67 to finish second, two back.
The win moved Norlander up to No. 17 on the 2012 eGolf Tour money list with $38,108.
If Norlander remains in the top 20 after the next tournament – the NorthStone Open starting Oct. 9 – he will capitalize on the tour’s annual Q-School bonus.
The bonus covers entry fee into the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School Tournament Q-School, which is an estimated $4,500 per player.
“I think this gets me pretty close to locking up that Q-School bonus, which is big,” Norlander said. “I’m planning to play the next event though, just in case.”