Tupelo's Buckley earns first professional golf win

Hayden Buckley plays on the Mackenzie Tour.

Posted: Aug 11, 2019 10:05 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2019 10:05 PM

CALGARY, Alberta (WTVA) - Tupelo High School product Hayden Buckley won his first professional golf tournament on Sunday, capturing the Mackenzie Tour's ATB Financial Classic in a sudden-death playoff.

Buckley, who also played at the University of Missouri, entered the final round with a three-stroke lead but found himself in a playoff with Sam Fidone.

Buckley made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Fidone.

"It's nice to come out on top, but it's just good to compete again," Buckley said. "I've been close so many times, and just getting to finally finish it off was something I really liked, and I hope we can keep going, kind of use this momentum to finish off the year."

Buckley has finished in the top 10 in five of nine starts on the Mackenzie Tour, which is Canada's PGA Tour.

Buckley is now fifth on the Mackenzie Tour's money list, called the Order of Merit. He's earned $70,520 this year.

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