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Former Grand Blanc High all-stater Willie Mack is atop the Player of the Year race on the Florida Professional Golf Tour this season. 

Posted on December 15, 2020

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

​​​​​​Former Grand Blanc High all-state golfer Willie Mack leads way in Florida Professional Golf Tour's Player-of-the-Year race

    FLORIDA (CCN) — Former Grand Blanc High all-state star Willie Mack leads the money list on  on the Florida Professional Golf Tour. His Tour earnings are $8,627.67 to place Mack atop the Player of the Year race after playing in four of the first five events.

   He has three "top five" finishes after winning the Riviera Open in Ormond Beach. Mack was a sizzling 13-under-par (at 65-64 —129) to finish two shots in front of three players and take home the $5,000 top prize. "Been in the last group a lot. Finally won," Mack told The Daytona Beach News-Journal after the big victory that came by rallying from a four-shot deficit after the opening round.

   Mack fired a final-day 4-under-par 31 on the front nine to take the lead and sank seven birdie putts on the back nine to protect the lead.

   Mack tied for third in the Thanksgiving Classic when firing a 7-under par effort (68-69 —137) and then tied for fifth in the Daytona Beach Open with a red hot 12-under effort (69-63 —132) that including drilling nine birdies in the final round.

   Mack has been trying to make a name for himself in the pro golf world since ending his collegiate career at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach,.

   As an amateur, Mack became the first black player to win the Michigan Amateur Golf Championship in 2011 at The Heather at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs. He won the America Junior Golf Association’s Buick Junior event in 2006 during his high school days when he was a four-year star on the links. His prep career began at Flint Central before he transferred to Grand Blanc High.

   Mack made his first PGA tour splash by leading the final money list on the Florida Professional Golf Tour's 2011-12 season when earning $19,821 while playing on 14 of the 16 tournaments. His PGA career got a big boost earlier this year when he signed a sponsorship deal with Farmers Insurance to cover his travel expenses to play on the Advocates Pro Golf Association  (APGA) Tour for the next two seasons, and he made the most of it. He also won in a playoff last August for a $12,000 payday at the APGA event at White Columns Country Club in Alpharetta, near Atlanta. He birdied the first playoff hole to win the event and take home the Lexus Cup points race championship for another $15,000 check.

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