FALMOUTH — What a Korn Ferry Tour debut for Cole Anderson.

Playing in the Live and Work in Maine Open, which began Thursday, June 23 and wrapped Sunday, June 26 at the Falmouth Country Club, the 21-year-old amateur golfer from Camden found himself tied atop the leaderboard after three rounds.

And, in prime position to be the fourth amateur to ever win a Korn Ferry Tour tournament.

Cole Anderson. Photo by Mark Haskell

However, 22-year-old Pierceson Coody — who shared the lead with Anderson as the pair headed into Sunday and was in the final pairing with hime on Sunday — came out white hot on the front nine and distanced himself from the field to win his first Korn Ferry Tour tournament.

Coody, a golfer at the University of Texas who led the Longhorns to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men’s golf championship last month, shot 5-under 66 the final day to finish at 20-under 264.

He finished five shots ahead of second-place finisher Jacob Bergeron.

Cole Anderson. Photo by Mark Haskell

Anderson ended his first Korn Ferry Tour appearance in a four-way tie for third with Nelson Ledesma, Will Gordon and Fabian Gomez, all of whom ended the event at 14-under 270.

Coody birdied two of his first three holes Sunday and had five birdies on the front nine — along with an eagle on the 482-yard, par-4 sixth hole — and promptly found himself 7-under par on the day through nine holes.

For Coody, who recently turned pro, it was his first Korn Ferry Tour win in three appearances.

Cole Anderson. Photo by Mark Haskell

Anderson, who was granted an exemption to play in the tournament due to his high status as an amateur in the Pine Tree State, shot even on the front Sunday with one bogey on hole three and a birdie on hole nine.

However, he finished the day at 1-over par, including a double-bogey on the 189-yard, par-3 16th hole that dropped him out of second.

The Korn Ferry Tour features golfers who have played previously on the Professional Golfers Association Tour, or, like Anderson, strive to get there.

Anderson is a three-time Maine Principals’ Association schoolboy Class A state golf champion, a two-time Maine State Amateur champion and plays collegiate golf for Division I Florida State University.

On day one, Anderson carded 10 pars, six birdies and two bogeys to finish 4-under 67 and also fired a 4-under 67 on day two with 11 pars, five birdies and one bogey.

Cole Anderson, left, and caddie Alex Plummer. Photo by Mark Haskell

On day three, Anderson fired his best score of the tournament with a 7-under 64. To boot, he had a bogey-free round, converted seven birdies and birdied five of the final six holes before he hit the clubhouse.

Anderson found himself in a logjam at the end of day one as he was in a seven-way tie for seventh at -4 and was in a five-way tie for third at 134 at the conclusion of Friday, then three shots back of Coody at 131.

Then, Anderson made his move on day three as he had the best score of the day — a blistering 64 — while Coody fired 67, which gave both golfers a 198 as they headed  into the final round.

It was another strong performance in a high-profile tournament for Anderson, who continues to have his sights set on ascending to the PGA Tour after his college career finishes.

And, another strong performance at the venue for the young man as he also won the Maine State Golf Association’s (MSGA) Match Play Invitational in August of 2018 at the Falmouth Country Club.

Caleb Manuel, the 20-year-old who recently qualified for and participated in the U.S. Open, missed the cut after the second day after he carded a +2 144 through two rounds. Manuel was the other amateur in the this Korn Ferry Tour event that, like Anderson, was given an exemption due to his high-level Maine and overall golf status.