The 2023 APGA Farmers Insurance® Austin will take place October 2-4 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin, Texas. The Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) Tour was established in 2010 as a non-profit organization with the mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The event will include a diverse field of 51 golfers playing for a $25,000 purse and allows players to establish position in the Farmers Insurance Fall Series bonus pool.
The APGA Farmers Insurance Fall Series is a three-event series designed to further the APGA Tour’s mission of bringing greater diversity to the game of golf and to provide additional playing and earning opportunities to APGA Tour players. Chase Johnson won the first event of the 2023 APGA Farmers Insurance Fall Series at the APGA Farmers Insurance Cincinnati.
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October 2-4, 2023
Jimmy Clay Golf Course, Austin, Texas
$25,000 purse, $7,500 to the winner
51 players, two-day, 36-hole stroke-play competition, no cut
Oct. 2: Practice Round: starting at 10 AM CDT
Oct. 3: Round 1 of competition, starting at approximately 8 AM CDT
Oct. 4: Round 2, final round of competition, starting at approximately 8 AM CDT
Tournaments in the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Fall Series:
- September 3-5 – APGA Farmers Insurance @ Sharon Woods Golf Course – $25,000 purse, $7,500 to the winner
- October 2-4 – APGA Farmers Insurance Austin – $25,000 purse, $7,500 to the winner
- November 7-9 – APGA Farmers Insurance Fall Series Finale – $45,000 purse
- The top performing players from the three events will receive additional money from the Fall Series Bonus Pool
Current Top 4 in the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Fall Series
Jeff Dailey Award
In January 2023, the APGA Tour announced that the top player at the end of the season will receive the Jeff Dailey APGA Tour Player of the Year award. This honor will be given to the APGA Tour member who earns the most combined points in APGA Tour competition throughout the Lexus Cup season, the APGA Farmers Insurance Fall Series, and two Cisco Invitational events. The award, which is named after former Farmers Insurance CEO Jeff Dailey in recognition of his long-time support of the APGA Tour, will include a $25,000 bonus for the winner.
“We launched the APGA Tour in 2010 thanks to a $10,000 contribution that came from Farmers Insurance and through the support of Jeff Dailey,” said APGA Tour CEO Ken Bentley. “The APGA Tour has made incredible progress over the years and Jeff has been a catalyst of our momentum and success. As we look at the future, we want to make sure that his impact on our Tour isn’t forgotten. Having this award in his name is fitting and will serve as a reminder that with the sustained help of dedicated and passionate supporters, change can happen.”
|4||Wyatt Worthington II||2,320|
Cisco Junior Series presented by the APGA and the Cameron Champ Foundation
The Cisco Junior Series presented by the APGA and the Cameron Champ Foundation is designed to promote the growth of the game in young people of diverse backgrounds. The series creates new opportunities for male and female junior golfers to gain valuable playing experience and exposure to the game from a young age. The APGA Farmers Insurance Austin will be the third event in this series and will feature six male and two female junior golfers playing alongside APGA Tour players at Jimmy Clay Golf Course. The male winner of the four-event series will earn a spot in the 2024 APGA Farmers Insurance Invitational at Torrey Pines, while the female winner will earn a spot in the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open pro-am and an exemption into 2024 AJGA Annika Invitational.
Chase Johnson, who sits at second in the Jeff Dailey Award standings, recorded his first APGA Tour victory this year in August at the APGA Ascension Classic in St. Louis. He followed that up with a runner-up finish at the APGA Mastercard Tour Championship at TPC Sugarloaf before winning again at the APGA TOUR Farmers Insurance Cincinnati. He added another runner-up finish in his most recent start at the APGA Cisco Invitational @ Pebble Beach Resorts. With the APGA Ascension Classic victory, Johnson earned an exemption in the World Wide Technology Championship later this year on the PGA TOUR. It will be Johnson’s second PGA TOUR start of the calendar year after earning an exemption to the Rocket Mortgage Classic by winning the 2023 John Shippen Invitational. Johnson, who spent the 2021 season on the Korn Ferry Tour, made the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Wyatt Worthington II won the APGA Tour event in Las Vegas earlier this year and added a second win this season at the APGA Tour’s most recent event, the APGA Cisco Invitational @ Pebble Beach Resorts. He also qualified and competed at this year’s PGA Championship for the third time in his career – he also competed in the 2016 and 2022 PGA Championships. In 2016, he was the first African American head professional to qualify for the PGA Championship in 25 years. In 2021, Worthington won the 76th Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship by five strokes.
Varun Chopra earned his first-ever professional victory in August at the APGA Mastercard Tour Championship. His strong play has continued since then with a runner-up finish at the APGA TOUR Farmers Insurance Cincinnati and T7 at the APGA Cisco Invitational @ Pebble Beach Resorts. Chopra played collegiately first at Illinois in 2018 and transferred to Northwestern in 2021 where he was named to multiple all-academic Big-10 teams. Chopra has also made two Korn Ferry Tour starts in 2023, successfully Monday Qualifying for both events.
Troy Taylor II is the son of Ohio State Basketball player Troy Taylor, Sr. He recently graduated from Michigan State and finished No. 1 in the APGA Collegiate Rankings this summer before turning professional last month. Taylor has finished 11th or better in each of his first five professional starts, including a solo fourth place finish most recently at the APGA Cisco Invitational @ Pebble Beach Resorts. Taylor was joined by Joel Basalaine of Livingstone College (#2), Gary Bullard of Army (#3), Troy Stribling Jr. of Florida A&M University (#4), and Jason Johnson Jr. of Alabama A&M University (#5) in this year’s top 5 of the APGA Collegiate Rankings.
Quinn Riley earned his first career APGA Tour victory at the two-man team event at TPC Louisiana with partner Christian Heavens. Riley finished as the No. 1 player in the 2022 APGA Tour Collegiate Rankings as the top black college golfer in the country following his career at Duke University. Riley has nearly won multiple times on the APGA Tour since joining midseason in 2022 but was able to break through in Louisiana as part of a solid season that saw him finish third in the Lexus Cup Standings. In college, Riley was the individual medalist at the Stitch Intercollegiate in April 2022 at Lonnie Poole GC in Cary and led the Blue Devils with a top-20 finish at the ACC Championship in Panama City Beach. He started playing at a local First Tee program in Raleigh and attended the REX Hospital Open when he was 11 years old for a First Tee Clinic.
APGA TOUR 2023 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Jan 28-29||APGA Farmers Insurance Invitational||Marcus Byrd|
|Feb 26-28||APGA Black History Month Classic||Kevin Hall|
|March 20-21||APGA Florida @ St. Johns Golf & Country Club||Marcus Byrd|
|April 9-11||APGA Las Vegas @ TPC Las Vegas||Wyatt Worthington II|
|May 1-2||APGA at PGA Golf Club||Kevin Hall|
|May 7-9||APGA Scottsdale @ TPC Scottsdale||Kamaiu Johnson|
|May 28-30||APGA Deere Run @ TPC Deere Run||Marcus Byrd|
|July 23-25||APGA at Valhalla||Marcus Byrd|
|July 30-Aug 1||APGA Two Man Classic @ TPC Louisiana||Christian Heavens & Quinn Riley|
|Aug 8-10||APGA Ascension Classic||Chase Johnson|
|Aug 13-15||APGA Mastercard Tour Championship||Varun Chopra|
|Sept 2-4||APGA Farmers Insurance Cincinnati||Chase Johnson|
|Sept. 16-19||APGA Cisco Invitational @ Pebble Beach Resorts||Wyatt Worthington II|
ABOUT THE APGA TOUR
The APGA Tour was established in 2010 as a non-profit organization with the mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The APGA Tour Board of Directors works to accomplish this by hosting and operating professional golf tournaments, player development programs, mentoring programs and by introducing the game to inner city young people. In addition to conducting an expected 18 tournaments awarding close to $1 million in prize and bonus money in 2023, the APGA has organized a Player Development Program to aid young minority golfers as they work to chase their goals in professional golf.