By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Dundas’ Mackenzie Hughes, reigning back-to-back Canadian Amateur Golf Champion, earned his first professional pay cheque this week.
Hughes won $2,938 by finishing in a four-way tie for third place at the 2013 Citrus Open in Orlando, Florida on Jan. 31.
“He now can say he has made money playing golf,” Hughes’ father, Jeff, stated in a an email updating his son’s supporters not long after his son completed his four-under-par third and final round Thursday.
Hughes, a 22-year-old graduate of Highland Secondary School, opened the “Fore The Players” Florida professional tour event with four birdies on the front nine and one bogey on the back nine for a first round three-under-par 69.
He was one-under for the second round, with four birdies and three bogeys.
Hughes finished with his best round of the tournament – featuring five birdies and one bogey for a four-under 68 to finish eight under for the tournament.
His total score of 208 was just two strokes behind the event winner, who took home $11,000.
Hughes finished his final season at Kent State University last year, and turned professional in October.
His tentative playing schedule for the upcoming year includes seven eGolf Tour events between February and April, plus one Canadian PGA Tour event in April.
Hughes' next scheduled event is the Feb. 14-17 eGolf Tour's Palmetto Hall Plantation tournament in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
His planned schedule is full of events through the summer to mid-October.