Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

Richy Werenski comes within a stroke of his first PGA Tour victory … Matt Kuchar earns spot next year at Royal Portrush with T9 finish at The Open Championship … Albertson, Castro holding firm in Web.com Tour top 25 while J.T. Griffin earns late-season status … more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

While most of the golfing world was watching events unfold at Carnoustie Golf Links last weekend, Richy Werenski nearly pulled off his first PGA Tour victory at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky. The 2014 Tech graduate, in his second full season on the PGA Tour, shot rounds of 66-66-68-66 and held a share of the lead in the final round before finishing in a tie for second place at 266 (-22). It was the second straight year Werenski has held at least a share of the lead in this event, which has been held four years. Last year, he finished in a tie for 18th place.

Ultimately, however, the runner-up performance was the best of his career, beating his tie for fourth at the FedEx St. Jude Classic seven weeks ago. Coupled with his tie for 23rd at the John Deere Classic last week, Werenski has broken 70 in eight consecutive rounds and rose from 116th to 88th in FedEx Cup points after the Barbasol event.

The Open: Matt Kuchar got within two shots of the lead after 54 holes last weekend at The Open Championship, firing rounds of 70-68-70 to stand at 5-under-par heading into the final round. But he was one of seven players among the top 11 unable to break par Sunday, posting a 1-over 72 to tie for ninth place at 280 (-4). It was his 12th top-10 finish in a major championship in his career and guaranteed him a spot next year at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The performance also boosted Kuchar to 64th in FedEx Cup points, which would allow him to play into the third week of the FedEx Cup Playoffs if he can hold there.

Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Champion at Turnberry, put together a solid and steady performance at Carnoustie last weekend, tying for 24th place after rounds of 72-70-71-70 (283, -1) in his 20th Open appearance.

Web.com Tour: Roberto Castro closed with a 65 and tied for fourth place last weekend at the Pinnacle Bank Championship, posting his fifth top-10 finish this season and his best since a runner-up performance at the Savannah Golf Championship in April. The finish was most significant coming after a three-week stretch in which he tied for 58th at the Lincoln Land Championship, took a week off and then missed the cut at the Utah Championship. It bumped him from 19th to 15th in the Web.com Tour earnings race, keeping him solidly inside the top 25 for a return to the PGA Tour.

Meanwhile, 2011 graduate J.T. Griffin quietly continues to earn late-season status on the Web.com Tour after bouncing around other mini-tours for several years. He Monday-qualified for the Knoxville Open in May and the Rex Hospital Open in June, and when he made the cut in the Rex Hospital event, he moved into the tour’s reshuffle category. That allowed him into the field at the LECOM Health Challenge, where he missed the cut, the Utah Championship, where he shot four rounds in the 60s and tied for 39th place, and last weekend’s Pinnacle Bank Challenge, where he finished 68-69-66 to tie for 14th place. With the strong week in Omaha, which boosted him to 145th in earnings, he earned a spot in this week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., and strengthened his bid to get into the final reshuffle category following that event.

Elsewhere:
● Shun Yat Hak tied for 43rd in the Qingdao Championship last weekend on the PGA Tour Series in China, and ranked 26th on that tour’s order of merit.
● Chris Petefish came up a stroke short of his first professional title, tying for second place at 11-under-par 205 last weekend at the Georgia Open, played at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. He picked up $3,450 and moved up to 30th on the money list in just four events. Drew Czuchry tied for 17th place, and Tyler Joiner tied for 23rd.
● Bo Andrews, who has spent the summer playing on the G Pro Tour, made a career change this week after accepting the position of assistant golf coach at Tennessee, where he will work with new head coach Brennan Webb, an assistant coach at Georgia Tech from 2012-15 during Andrews’ playing career as a Yellow Jacket.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open • July 26-29, 2018 • Glen Abbey Golf Club • Oakville, Ontario • Purse: $6,200,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship • July 26-29, 2018 • Highland Springs Country Club • Springfield, Mo. • Purse: $675,000
PGA Tour Champions: The Senior Open Championship • July 26-29, 2018 • The Old Course at St. Andrews • St. Andrews, Scotland • Purse: $2,000,000
Mackenzie Tour: Syncrude Oil Country Championship • August 2-5, 2018 • Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club • Edmonton, Alberta • Purse: $200,000
PGA Tour China: Beijing Championship • July 26-29, 2018 • Topwin Golf and Club • Beijing, China • Purse: n/a
Adams Pro Tour: Bogey Hills Invitational • July 25-28, 2018 • Bogey Hills Golf Club • St. Charles, Mo. • Purse: $170,000
G Pro Tour: Lexington Open • July 24-26, 2018 • Sapona Ridge Country Club • Lexington, N.C. • Purse: n/a

PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
$373,289
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Etowah
Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
10
Earnings
$182,780
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Fike
Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
18
Earnings
$8,627
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro:
2007
Career earnings: 
$7,292,642 (PGA + Web)
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
High School: Milton
Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
T-4
71-68-68-65—272 (-12)
 FedEx Cup Rank
15
Earnings
$167,867
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro:
1995
Career earnings: 
$36,768,053
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-24
72-70-711-70—283 (-1)
 FedEx Cup Rank
65
Earnings
$1,352,748
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: home schooled
Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-17
73-67-72—212 (-4)
 Money rank
21
Earnings
$7,976
 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
withdrew
80-WD
 FedEx Cup Rank
253
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
Turned pro:
2011
Career earnings: 
$4,383
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Fike
Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-14
72-68-69-66—275 (-9)
  Money rank
145
Earnings
$13,683
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro:
2010
Career earnings: 
$6,137,704
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-74—147 (+5)
 Money Rank
18
Earnings
$2,712,658
 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
T-43
75-70-76-76—297 (+9)
 Money rank
26
Earnings
¥134,962
 PAUL HALEY
 Dallas, Texas
Turned pro:
2011
Career earnings: 
$348,201
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Highland Park
Status: Adams Pro Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-75—147 (+3)
 Money Rank
67
Earnings
$2,995
 TYLER JOINER
 Leesburg, Ga.
Turned pro:
2018
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2015-18
High School: Home schooled
Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-23
74-67-73—214 (-2)
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro:
2000
Career earnings: 
$43,531,877
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-9
70-68-70-72—280 (-4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
64
Earnings
$1,543,997
 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
did not play
n/a
 FedEx/Money Rank
217
Earnings
$39,000
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro:
1980
Career earnings: 
$12,623,560 (PGA + Champions)
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
High School: unknown
Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Schwab Cup Rank
67
Earnings
$126,239
 CHRIS PETEFISH
 Danville, Calif.
Turned pro:
2018
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
High School: Scottsdale [Ariz.] Christian Academy
Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-2
70-67-68—205 (-11)
 Money Rank
56
Earnings
$3,388
 MICHAEL PISCIOTTA
 Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro:
2018
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
High School: Alpharetta
Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
118 (GPro)
Earnings
$700
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
$134,780
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Peachtree Ridge
Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
85
Earnings
$43,793
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
$3,297,514
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Harrison
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
85
Earnings
$1,133,153
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro:
2005
Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,537,666 (PGA + Web)
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
High School: Stoneman Douglas
Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
174
Earnings
$6,612
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro:
2009
Career earnings: 
$9,879,598
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
High School: Mission Viejo
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-69—141 )-3)
 FedEx Cup Rank
191
Earnings
$179,459
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
$1,703,147
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-2
66-66-68-66—266 (-22)
  FedEx Cup rank
88
Earnings
$806,060
 VINCENT WHALEY
 Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro:
2017
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
High School: McKinney Boyd
Status: Adams Pro Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
12
Earnings
$25,725

 

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