Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

Five Yellow Jackets are set to begin the FedEx Cup playoffs this week at The Northern Trust … Anders Albertson and Roberto Castro hold position and lock up their PGA Tour cards for 2018-19 … Chris Petefish and Vincent Whaley continue solid campaigns … This and more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

Five former Georgia Tech golfers begin competition in the FedEx Cup playoffs this week with an eye on coming home to play in the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Ollie Schniederjans and Richy Werenski are among the 125 players in the field for The Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. It is the first of four events in the playoff structure that ends with the Tour Championship Sept. 20-23 at East Lake Golf Club, where Cink is a member.

The top 100 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings will advance to the Dell Technologies Championship next week outside of Boston, Mass., and the top 70 will make it to the BMW Championship, Sept. 6-9, outside of Philadelphia, Pa. After a week break, the top 30 descend upon Atlanta for the Tour Championship. Making it to Atlanta brings with it invitations to the 2019 PGA Championship, Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship, as well as the World Golf Championships events.

Hadley currently is the only one of the five currently inside the top 30, sitting at No. 24 and looking for his first appearance in the Tour Championship. Cink, ranked No. 58 and in position to reach the third week, has not played in the Tour Championship since 2009, when he finished 15th in the FedEx Cup race. Kuchar, ranked No. 64, has qualified for the Tour Championship the last eight years, finishing second in the Fed Ex Cup race in 2013 and fourth in 2014. Schniederjans is No. 87 and Werenski No. 101 in the standings entering the playoffs.

All but Cink and Kuchar, who both took the week off, made the cut at the Wyndham Championship, the last regular-season event. Hadley posted four rounds in the 60s and tied for 45th, while Werenski tied for 53rd after closing with a 64, and Schniederjans opened with a 64 on his way to a tie for 57th place.

Web.com Tour: The above-mentioned Tech fivesome on the PGA Tour will grow to seven for the 2018-19 season, when Anders Albertson and Roberto Castro join them when the fall portion of the schedule begins. Both finished in the top 25 of the regular-season money list and were officially awarded their Tour cards Sunday night following the regular-season finale, the WinCo Foods Portland Open.

In his third year on the Web.com Tour, Albertson broke through with a big second half, posting four top-10 finishes and a victory in the Lincoln Land Championship to wind up eighth on the money list. Albertson averaged 67.75 strokes over a 10-tournament stretch and finished eighth on the tour in season scoring average.

Castro graduated from the Web.com Tour for the second time, having done so in 2011 to launch a six-year run on the PGA Tour, where he earned more than $6.5 million and qualified for the Tour Championship in 2016. He lost his card after the 2017 campaign, but earned it back this season on the Web.com Tour by finishing 24th in earnings.

Seth Reeves, in his second year on the Web.com Tour, secured his status for 2019 and qualified for the Web.com Finals by finishing 66th in earnings (the top 75 earners qualify for the Finals and keep their privileges for the next season).

The Web.com Finals begins this week with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, and offers another opportunity to earn PGA Tour status. The top 75 earners from the regular season, as well as PGA Tour players ranked No. 126-200 in FedEx Cup points qualify to play in the four-event series.

The top 25 money earners over the four tournaments also are awarded PGA Tour cards. Cameron Tringale, who finished No. 195 in FedEx Cup points this season on the PGA Tour, kept his Tour card last year by finishing in the top 25 of Finals money.

Elsewhere:  Chris Petefish, who played his first professional events after May graduation on the G Pro Tour, has earned three starts on the MacKenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada) the last three weeks, and earned his best finish to date with a T16 at last weekend’s ATB Financial Classic … Vincent Whaley has finished second, T7, T14, T7, T3 and T12 in his last six Adams Pro Tour events and ranks eighth in earnings on that tour … Larry Mize has finished T17, T20 and T46 in his last three Champions Tour events on this side of the pond, and has moved up to 65th in Schwab Cup earnings.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour:  The Northern Trust • August 23-26, 2018 • Ridgewood Country Club • Paramus, N.J. • Purse: $9,000,000 • FedExCup Points: 2,000

Web.com Tour:  Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship • August 23-26, 2018 • Ohio State University – Scarlet Course • Columbus, Ohio • Purse: $1,000,000

PGA Tour Champions:  Boeing Classic • August 24-26, 2018 • The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge • Snoqualmie, Wash. • Purse: $2,100,000

Mackenzie Tour:  Mackenzie Investments Open • September 6-9, 2018 • Elm Ridge Country Club (North course) • Montreal, Quebec • Purse: $200,000

PGA Tour China:  Shuzhou Championship • Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2018 • Jinji lake Golf Club • Shuzhou, China • Purse: n/a

Adams Pro Tour:  Southside Bank Open • August 21-24, 2018 • Crown Colony Golf Club • Lufkin, Texas • Purse: $132,000

G Pro Tour:  Wilmington Open • August 21-23, 2018 • River Landing (River Course) • Wilmington, N.C. • Purse: n/a

 

 PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$400,964
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
69-74—143 (+1)
 Money rank
8
Earnings
$210,455
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$7,298,828 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
T-48
69-70-71-70—280 (-4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
23
Earnings
$172,054
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$37,283,343
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
58
Earnings
$1,868,038
 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-21
72-70—142 (E)
 Money rank
29
Earnings
$8,651
 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
248
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$20,896
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Fike
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
67
70-70-73-73—286 (+2)
  Money rank
141
Earnings
$20,896
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$6,154,219
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-45
68-68-69-67—272 (-8)
 Money Rank
24
Earnings
$2,729,173
 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
32
Earnings
¥140,803
 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
75-74—149 (+6)
 Money Rank
67
Earnings
$2,995
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$43,660,127
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
64
Earnings
$1,672,247
 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
221
Earnings
$39,000
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$12,644,105 (PGA + Champions)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
T-44
69-72-72—213 (-3)
 Schwab Cup Rank
65
Earnings
$146,784
 CHRIS PETEFISH
 Danville, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2018
 Career earnings: 
$4,180
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
 High School: Scottsdale [Ariz.] Christian Academy
 Status: MacKenzie Tour
  Last Week
T-16
67-68-71-70—276 (-12)
 Money Rank
104
Earnings
$4,180
 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
147
Earnings
$700
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$161,325
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
T-17
70-68-73-65—276 (-8)
 Money rank
66
Earnings
$81,199
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$3,467,971
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-57
64-73-70-67—274 (-6)
  FedEx Cup rank
87
Earnings
$1,303,610
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,537,666
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
163
Earnings
$6,612
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,870,598
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
71-73—144 (+4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
195
Earnings
$179,459
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$1,978,370
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-53
68-69-72-64—273 (-7)
  FedEx Cup rank
101
Earnings
$1,081,283
 VINCENT WHALEY
 Fayetteville, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2017
 Career earnings: 
$38,025
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
 High School: McKinney Boyd
 Status: Adams Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-12
71-69-68-69—277 (-10)
 Money Rank
8
Earnings
$38,025

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