Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

Richy Werenski during sectional qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Open at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla. on Monday, June 4, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Scott A. Miller)

 

THE FLATS – Three former Yellow Jackets get through the “longest day in golf” to join Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar in the U.S. Open … Kuchar has another strong performance at the Memorial Tournament … This and more in this week’s edition of the Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar, already exempt by virtue of their place in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will have a lot of Yellow Jacket company when they arrive in Southampton, N.Y., next week for the 118th U.S. Open Championship. Three more former Tech stars on the PGA Tour – Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans and Richy Werenski – endured what is known as the “longest day in golf,” each making it through a 36-hole sectional qualifier Monday to help fill the last half of the field – 78 players – at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Schniederjans and Werenski, both in their second full year on the PGA Tour, left nothing to chance. Schniederjans tied for 10th place among 120 golfers with a 6-under-par total of 138 to grab one of 14 spots available in Columbus, Ohio, while Werenski fired a 4-under-par 140 to finish second and take one of the three positions available in the 48-player field at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla. For Castro, the longest day lasted an extra hole, which he birdied to win a 2-for-1 playoff to grab the third and final position in the 43-player field in Roswell, Ga. Castro, playing on the Web.com Tour this year and in good position to earn back his PGA Tour card, tied for third after posting a 1-under-par 143 score at Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek.

 

The sixth Tech representative in the U.S. Open is junior-to-be Tyler Strafaci, who prevailed in a 6-for-1 playoff to secure the last spot at The Bear’s Club, which is just an hour away from his hometown of Davie, Fla. He becomes the first amateur from Tech to play in the U.S. Open since Bryce Molder in 2001, who remained an amateur following his senior year to play for the USA team in the Walker Cup. Molder was the low amateur and tied for 30th place at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla.

Other Tech pro golfers came up short in Monday’s qualifying. Stewart Cink missed qualifying by one stroke in Columbus, Ohio, Cameron Tringale missed the cut in Jupiter, Fla., J.T. Griffin, Troy Matteson and Vincent Whaley failed to quality in Memphis. Rising Tech junior Andy Ogletree missed by two shots in Roswell, Ga.

Kuchar has had a strong history at the Memorial Tournament, including a victory in 2013 and five top-10 finishes altogether. He didn’t rise to that level last weekend, but he came close with a tie for 13th place after he shot a closing 67 and finished at 10-under-par 278. It improved his FedEx cup standing to 61st and gave him some momentum entering the U.S. Open in two weeks.

Hadley, who also has punched his U.S. Open ticket via his place among the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking, closed with a 3-under-par 69 and tied for 40th place at 283 (-5), while Ollie Schniederjans tied for 65th at even-par 288.

Cink, who missed the cut at the Memorial and in qualifying for the U.S. Open, is in the field for this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., along with Tringale and Werenski, neither of whom played at the Memorial, and Matteson, who will make his third PGA Tour start this season. Hadley and Kuchar are taking this week off.

Chesson Hadley surprised two volunteers at THE PLAYERS 2018 with a PLAYERS PRIDE pin for their hard work and dedication to the tournament.

Web.com Tour: Tech went 3-for-3 in cuts made at last weekend’s Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., with Anders Albertson tying for 55th and Seth Reeves tying for 59th. Wilson, N.C., native J.T. Griffin, in the field via Monday qualifying, tied for 78th. Albertson and Reeves are back in action this week along with Roberto Castro, who has taken the last two weeks off but ranks 13th in earnings this season, at the Rust-Oleum Championship in Ivanhoe, Ill.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic • June 7-10, 2018 • TPC Southwind • Memphis, Tenn. • Purse: $6,600,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship • June 7-10, 2018 • Ivanhoe Club • Ivanhoe, Ill. • Purse: $600,000
PGA Tour Champions: Principal Charity Classic • June 8-10, 2018 • Wakonda Club • Des Moines, Iowa • Purse: $1,750,000
Mackenzie Tour:Bayview Place DCBank Open • June 7-10, 2018 • Uplands Golf Club • Victoria, British Columbia • Purse: $200,000
PGA Tour China:Guilin Championship • June 7-10, 2018 • Guilin Landscape Golf Club • Kinming, China • Purse: ???
Adams Pro Tour:Cooper Communities NWA Charity Classic • June 6-9, 2018 • Bella Vista Village • Bella Vista, Ark. • Purse: $145,000

 PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
Anders Albertson
Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Career earnings: $232,854
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Etowah
Status: Web.com Tour
Last Week
T-8
71-66-68-69—274 (-10)
Money rank
49
Earnings
$42,344
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
n/a
n/a
Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
Roberto Castro
Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2007
Career earnings: $7,232,187 (PGA + Web)
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
High School: Milton
Status: Web.com Tour
Last Week
T-8
68-68-70-68—274 (-10)
FedEx Cup Rank
11
Earnings
$122,812
STEWART CINK
Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Career earnings: $35,850,784
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
missed cut
75-72—147 (+5)
FedEx Cup Rank
122
Earnings
$443,479
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
n/a
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: Web.com (conditional)
Last Week
missed cut
72-75—147 (+5)
Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
Chesson Hadley
Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro: 2010
Career earnings: $5,827,972
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
T-11
66-69-75-67—277 (-11)
Money Rank
17
Earnings
$2,402,927
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-51
74-74-77—225 (+9)
Money rank
13
Earnings
¥119,925
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
n/a
n/a
Money Rank
67
Earnings
$2,995
MATT KUCHAR
Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro: 2000
Career earnings: $43,137,791
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
T-17
66-71-71-70—278 (-10)
FedEx Cup Rank
61
Earnings
$1,149,911
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
206
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
did not play
n/a
Schwab Cup Rank
72
Earnings
$49,068
Seth Reeves
Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 2014
Career earnings: $116,649
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Peachtree Ridge
Status: Web.com Tour
Last week
T-32
68-71-68-72—279 (-5)
Money rank
71
Earnings
$25,664
Ollie Schniederjans
Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Career earnings: $3,152,784
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Harrison
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
MDF
68-71-79—218 (+2)
FedEx Cup rank
65
Earnings
$1,009,213
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
FedEx Cup rank
65
Earnings
$1,009,213
Cameron Tringale
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro: 2009
Career earnings: $9,856,598
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
High School: Mission Viejo
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
did not play
n/a
FedEx Cup Rank
176
Earnings
$165,459
Richy Werenski
South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro: 2014
Career earnings: $1,286,146
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
T-23
70-71-68-70—279 (-9)
FedEx Cup rank
131
Earnings
$389,059
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
T-19
71-70-70-67—278 (-10)
Money Rank
30
Earnings
$6,857

 

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