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Saugus graduate Nick Delio ready to move up golf ladder

Golfer hopes to qualify for Tour this year

Posted: July 21, 2014 7:05 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2014 7:05 p.m.

While Max Homa and Jason Gore are having success on the Tour, Saugus High graduate Nick Delio has his sights set on it.

Delio is the defending player of the year for the Dakotas Tour — a mini-tour that is considered a professional golf minor league.

The 24-year-old is third overall in points for the league after playing in seven events and has made just over $18,000.

Delio, who was in South Dakota on Monday on his way to the next tour stop, said winning the player of the year is the first accomplishment in his sights for 2014.

“It’s really important — that’s my main goal,” he said.

However, playing on the Tour is not far behind on his priority list.

Delio actually qualified for the Tour’s WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas in late April, but ran into some horrible luck when he played the event.

If Delio finished in the top 25 of the event, he would have been invited to play in the following event, meaning he would have the opportunity to keep playing on the tour and make more money.

On the final day, he cracked the top 25 with two holes remaining and then play stopped because it was too windy.

The wind prevented play from finishing and rules say if play is stopped during the final round and more than 50 percent of the golfers have not finished, the final-round scores are wiped out.

Delio was 7-under for the tournament at the time the event was called, but had to take his 5-under score.

That settled him into a tied-for-41st-place finish.

Not only did he miss out on a spot at the next event, but he missed out on thousands of dollars.

“It was very disappointing. I earned it, but still wasn’t able to move on,” Delio said. “There are more positives from the entire week than negatives. But a sour note to play on.

“My dad was a sheriff’s deputy for 30 years for LA county, and you know about how there’s a penal code for all the crimes? Well my total after three rounds was 211. That’s the penal code for robbery,” Delio joked.

However, come October, he said he will compete at Tour’s qualifying school.

This will be his fourth attempt.

He has never made the final stage, but has reached the second of three stages.

The final stage this year will be played the second week of December in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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