Being the cousin of No. 2 NBA Draft pick Jabari Parker must have its privileges. But Utah native Tony Finau, a rising star on the Webcom Tour, doesn’t need to name drop his famous cousin to make news–he’s doing just fine on his own.
Finau is playing great golf of late on the Webcom Tour–so a Q-card on the PGA Tour can’t be too far off. On Friday, June 27 Finau hit a hole-in-one at the United Leasing Championship in Newburgh, Indiana.
While the United Leasing Championship isn’t at Pebble Beach or Augusta National, the fact that Finau is hitting a hole-in-one on any golf course–particularly one on a professional golf circuit–is cause for celebration.
Whether it’s the genes he gets from the Finau side–or just the good vibes he gets from an immensely talented family, period–the 24-year-old Lehi resident is taking what he’s learned from family members and putting it to good use on the links.
In this case, the course he played on and is conquering slowly as the United Leasing Championship progresses through the weekend is called Victoria National–not too far off in name, anyway, from Augusta National.
Finau started this tournament hitting a first-round 71 over his first 18 holes–but then followed up a paltry opening round with a scorching second-round 64. That 64 score included his hole-in-one on the 11th that salvaged another horrible front nine.
And until Finau wrapped up his back nine with a bogey he was on track to obliterate the rest of the United Leasing Championship field. As it was, he finished the second round Friday with a two-stroke lead.
But Saturday was unkind to Finau as a tremendous front nine had him sitting pretty. But his back nine again caused him problems, as he bogeyed twice and double-bogeyed the 16th hole–placing him two strokes behind the tournament’s new leader, Mark Hubbard, going into the final round on Sunday.