PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach native Chase Seiffert is living the dream, playing his first full season on the PGA Tour.
The grind began right after earning his card from the Korn Ferry Tour, making five cuts in seven events beginning in mid-September and earning more than $100,000.
So far, it's everything he hoped it would be.
"It is. It kind of seemed like a continuation of the Korn Ferry just because I didn't have an offseason, I just transferred right into it immediately and started playing," Seiffert said. "I started seeing a lot of the same faces the 25 guys who got their card with me every week. But then the last few weeks, I got paired with some future Hall of Famers and that really kind of made it seem like I had finally gotten there and felt like it was supposed to."
The Mosley and Florida State alumnus is trending up, with his best two finishes thus far a tie for 41st at the Mayokoba Classic in Playa del Carmen and a tie for 23rd in late November at The RSM Classic at Sea Island.
The highlight of his event is Mexico didn't actually make the highlight reel. Seiffert scored his first Tour hole in one, acing the 112 yard par 3 4th at El Camaleon Golf Club, moments after Cameron Tringale had aced the same hole. However, it came before the network began it's coverage, so there's no video.
"We knew it was early, we were one of the first few groups, and it was one of the holes that wasn't televised too," Seiffert recalled. "It's such a visceral reaction. You never see the ball go in ever on a par three, so when it happened, you don't really know what you're doing almost. You just end up high fiving everyone. Me and my caddie high fived a little too hard. But for the hole in one, I still have the ball. Then [Patron] sent me a really nice bottle of tequila that's engraved with my name, the date, the yardage, the club, so that's pretty neat."
Seiffert picks up in 2020 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, ranked 149th in the FedEx Cup.