Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

April 24, 2018

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech fielded its largest contingent of alumni in a single event this season last weekend at the Valero Texas Open … Kuchar takes on a Bulldog partner in New Orleans … Roberto Castro puts two top-10 performances back-to-back … Larry Mize ties for 10th in a team event on the Champions Tour … this and more in this week’s Georgia Tech ProJackets report.

Richy Werenski has struggled to get traction in his second season on the PGA Tour, but he used the TPC San Antonio course to post his best finish of the season last weekend, tying for 11th place with a 9-under-par score of 279 at the Valero Texas Open. It was easily his best performance of the season (previous was a tie for 29th at the CareerBuilder Challenge) and improved his FedEx Cup standing from 175th to 143rd.

Four of the seven Yellow Jackets in the field played the weekend, with Chesson Hadley (24th in FedEx Cup) tying for 20th place, Ollie Schniederjans (57th) tying for 36th, and Matt Kuchar (58th) tying for 51st. Cameron Tringale, Stewart Cink and the semi-retired Troy Matteson, who got into the field through Monday qualifying, missed the cut.

Hadley, Kuchar, Tringale and Werenski move to the New Orleans area this week for the Zurich Classic, a two-man team event which utilizes best-ball play Thursday and Saturday, and alternate shot Friday and Sunday. Under the team format, FedEx Cup points are allocated as if the two teammates tied, with the total points for the two positions split evenly among the two.

Hadley teams with Brice Garnett, while Cameron Tringale partners with Brett Stegmaier and Werenski plays with Nicholas Lendheim.

Kuchar has partnered with two-time Masters champion and former Georgia player Bubba Watson for the Zurich Classic. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist has found success teaming with former Bulldogs before, twice winning the Franklin Templeton Shootout with Harris English. Also competing this week is David Duval, who steps down from the Golf Channel booth to team up with Jim Furyk.

In the final round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Richy Werenski sinks a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th hole.

Chesson Hadley’s interview following his opening round 68 at the Valero Texas Open

Matt Kuchar’s tee shot sets up 12-foot-birdie putt at the Valero Texas Open

Nice little red

A post shared by Richy Werenski (@rwerenski) on Apr 11, 2018 at 5:16pm PDT

Web.com Tour: Roberto Castro posted his second-best finish of 2018, tying for seventh place at last weekend’s North Mississippi Classic in Oxford, Miss., with a 7-under-par total of 209 in the rain-shortened event. The performance followed a second-place showing in the Savannah Championship the week before, and Castro stands 17th in earnings for 2018.

Anders Albertson tied for 22nd place for his third-best finish of the year, and improved to 53rd in earnings. Nicholas Thompson (129th) and Seth Reeves (65th) missed the cut. The top 25 players in earnings at the end of the season earn PGA Tour cards for 2018-19.

Champions Tour: Larry Mize teamed up with Scott Parel to tie for 10th place at last weekend’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Mo., compiling a 72-hole total of 18-under-par 200, six strokes out off the lead (-24) and a playoff which was won by Kirk Triplett and Paul Broadhurst.

MacKenzie Tour: Drew Czuchry is in the field for the PGA Canadian Tour’s final qualifier held in the United States, which begins Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla. He will be the second former Yellow Jacket to attempt to qualify for the Canadian Tour after Vincent Whaley earned conditional status in a qualifier held in late March in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The tour has one final qualifier set for May 1-4 in British Columbia before beginning its regular schedule at the end of May.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans • April 26-29, 2018 • TPC Louisiana • Avondale, La. • Purse: $7,200,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship • April 26-29, 2018 • Victoria National Golf Club • Newburgh, Ind. • Purse: $600,000
PGA Tour Champions: Insperity Invitational • May 4-6, 2018 • The Woodlands Country Club • The Woodlands, Texas • Purse: $2,200,000
Mackenzie Tour:Freedom 55 Financial Open • May 31-June 3, 2018 • Point Grey Golf and Country Club • Vancouver, British Columbia • Purse: $200,000

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$217,454
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-22
75-69-69—213 (-3)
 Money rank
59
Earnings
$26,944
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$7,210,287 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
T-7
74-66-69—209 (-7)
 FedEx Cup Rank
17
Earnings
$85,512
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$35,835,769
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
74-74—148 (+4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
113
Earnings
$420,464
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: MacKenzie Tour qualifying
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 DAVID DUVAL
 Denver, Colo.
 Turned pro:
1993
 Career earnings: 
$19,196,243
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
 High School: Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal
 Status: no status
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
220
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$52,151
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Fike
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$5,270,072
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-20
68-71-71-73—283 (-5)
 Money Rank
24
Earnings
$1,845,027
 SHUN YAT HAK
 Hong Kong, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
¥251,305
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
 High School: Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep
 Status: PGA Tour China
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
17 (2016)
Earnings
¥251,305
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$42,972,724
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-51
71-72-73-72—288 (E)
 FedEx Cup Rank
58
Earnings
$984,845
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$10,111,266 (PGA+Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: no status
 Last Week
missed cut
74-83—157 (+13)
 FedEx/Money Rank
200
Earnings
$39,000
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$12,546,389 (PGA + Champions)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
T-10 (with Scott Parel)
66-37-50-47—200 (-18)
 Schwab Cup Rank
72
Earnings
$49,0688
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$113,500
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
missed cut
76-72—148 (+4)
 Money rank
65
Earnings
$22,515
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$3,115,535
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-36
71-71-72-72—286 (-2)
  FedEx Cup rank
57
Earnings
$951,174
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,536,202 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-72—145 (+1)
 Money Rank
129
Earnings
$5,148
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,804,238
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
74-73—147 (+3)
 FedEx Cup Rank
182
Earnings
$113,099
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$1,175,840
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-11
72-68-68-71—279 (-9)
  FedEx Cup rank
143
Earnings
$278,753
 Vincent Whaley
 Fayetteville, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2017
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
 High School: McKinney Boyd
 Status: MacKenzie Tour conditional
  Last Week
T-35
75-70-72-72—289 (+1)
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a

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