Brett Coletta – file photo Bruce Young

It might not have been the weekend he was hoping for but Australian Brett Coletta has made a solid start to the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour season with an 11th place finish at the opening event of the season, the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Florida.

Coletta who began the event with a round of 63 and was in 2nd place through 36 holes, cost himself any chance of contending for the title when dropping three shots in his final two holes on Saturday but recovered with a round of 70 today to improve 2 places and finish four shots from the winner.

The eventual champion was Hayden Buckley who won a playoff over Dawson Armstrong and Taylor Montgomery.

Coletta tied with New Zealand veteran Steve Alker (49) and gets his quest for a PGA Tour card in 2022 off to a reasonable start.

Seasons 2021 and 2022 are being combined to establish the leading 25 players at the end of the regular season in August and although Coletta will improve only a few positions (7) from his current 82nd place he is headed in the right direction.

Of the other Australasians, Mark Hensby, Brett Drewitt and New Zealander Nick Voke tied for 47th while Curtis Luck was 55th.

Steve Alker – file photo Bruce Young