Erik Barnes’ Journey from Grocery Restocking Specialist to PGA TOUR Member
This season, the 11-year-old pro has taken his golf game to a special level, and the reward will be his first PGA TOUR card for the 2022-23 season.
With a top-25 finish at this week’s REX Hospital Open, Barnes crossed the Korn Ferry Tour safety threshold by 875 points to secure a spot in The 25 at the end of the regular season-ending Pinnacle Bank Championship. presented by Aetna in August.
Barnes’ Korn Ferry Tour journey is one of perseverance. After spending time on smaller tours after college, he earned Korn Ferry Tour membership through 2014 Q-School, finishing in the top 40 at the final stage to earn guaranteed starts in a week that he describes as one of the most nerve-wracking of his career. .
The Austin Peay alum has been a constant presence on the Korn Ferry Tour ever since, compiling 18 top-10 finishes in 165 cumulative starts, including three runners-up.
The end of the 2019 regular season provided a sting, as Barnes finished No. 77 on the points list, narrowly missing out on a spot in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where he would have had a chance to earn his first TOUR card. . After finishing outside the top 40 at Q-School finals, he started 2020 with conditional status, and the pandemic hiatus made times more uncertain.