@GT_Golf - #ProJackets Update

April 21, 2015

Watch the entire ‘Big Break The Palm Beaches’ Finale

THE FLATS – Richy Werenski, who graduated from Georgia Tech last May after a standout collegiate golf career and earned status on the Web.com Tour this year, defeated Justin Martinson 2&1 in the match-play finale of “The Big Break the Palm Beaches, Florida” Monday night.

At 23 years old, Werenski was the youngest competitor on the reality golf challenge program, which aired on Golf Channel. He receives an exemption to the 2015 Barbasol Championship this July in Opelika, Ala., $60,000 in cash, including $10,000 courtesy of Adams Golf, an endorsement contract from Adams Golf, $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental, $10,000 in travel credit courtesy of Travelocity and a return, weeklong trip for two to PGA National Resort & Spa.

The final match, played at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was played in September but aired on Monday night. The South Hadley, Mass., native, who lives in Bluffton, S.C., won four of the final five holes to close out the match. A great tee shot on the par-3 17th left him with roughly a 10-foot birdie putt, which he knocked down to clinch the victory.

“I had the momentum early, then Justin had it. We kept going back and forth,” Werenski said on the broadcast. “It was a tremendous match against a great competitor. But I knew from the start of the show that if I played my game, I’d have a good chance to win.”

“It felt like (the putt) took forever to reach the hole,” Werenski said on the broadcast. “Everything was in slow motion.”

Werenski turned professional immediately after graduation from Georgia Tech in May 2014 and won three of his first five professional events. His greatest triumph as an amateur was winning the 2012 Porter Cup and having his name engraved on the same trophy as Phil Mickelson.

In tournament action last weekend, Matt Kuchar made a solid defense of his 2014 title at the RBC Heritage Classic, firing four rounds in the 60s to tie for fifth place at 14-under-par 270. He finished four shots out of the playoff between winner Jim Furyk and Kevin Kisner.

The 2000 Tech graduate led three former Yellow Jackets with good performances in the event. His Yellow Jacket teammate Bryce Molder tied for 15th place in his best finish of the year (-9), and former Heritage champion Stewart Cink tied for 31st place (-6).

Larry Mize tied for 25th in the rain-shortened Greater Gwinnett Championship, firing rounds of 72-70 (-2), and moves onto the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf this week in Ridgedale, Mo. Meanwhile, both Werenski (T18th) and Matt Weibring (T63rd) earned money at the El Bosque Mexico Championship on the Web.com Tour, which moves to Indiana this week.

The eGolf Tour and SwingThought.com tours resume competition this week, with the eGolf Tour in Greensboro, N.C., and the SwingThought.com Tour in Tallahassee, Fla.

Shun Yat Hak earned conditional status on the PGA Tour Canada by tying for 27th (67-70-69-70) last weekend in the Qualifying School site in Winter Garden, Fla. Bo Andrews tied for 49th in the same event and did not earn any status.

Great to meet @BigBreak Palm Beaches Champ @werenskir and RU @JMART59 Thanks for joining @GCMorningDrive #redemption pic.twitter.com/TmpXLWWZGL

— Cara Robinson (@CaraRobbo) April 21, 2015

Upcoming Events

Next PGA Tour event: Zurich Classic of New Orleans • April 23-26, 2015 • TPC Louisiana • Avondale, La. • Purse: $6,900,000 • Winning Share: $1,242,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Next Web.com Tour event: United Leasing Championship • April 30-May 3, 2015 • Victoria National Golf Club • Newburgh, Ind. • Purse: $600,000 • Winning Share: $108,000
Next Champions Tour event: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf • April 24-26, 2015 • Top of the Rock-LD • Ridgedale, Mo. • Purse: $2,800,000 • Winning Share: $477,037 Next eGolf Tour event: The Sedgefield Classic • April 22-24, 2015 • Sedgefield Country Club (Dye course) • Greensboro, N.C. Next SwingThought.com Tour event: Killearn Country Club Classic • April 22-25, 2015 • Killearn Country Club • Tallahassee, Fla.

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  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 Bo Andrews
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: eGolf Tour
  PGA Tour Canada Q-School
T-49th
70-68-72-70–280 (-8)
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
$3,811
 BRINY BAIRD
 Miami Beach, Fla.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$13,251,178
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-92
 High School: Country Day (Miami, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$3,579,988
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: PGA/Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
204
Earnings
$54,062
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$32,993,382
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-31st
70-67-71-70–278 (-6)
 FedEx Rank
132
Earnings
$174,509
 DAVID DRAGOO
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$49,211
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Brophy College Prep
 Status: TBA
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 DAVID DUVAL
 Denver, Colo.
 Turned pro:
1993
 Career earnings: 
$18,954,704
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
 High School: Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
230
Earnings
$7,613
 JOHN-TYLER GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$50,871
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Fike
 Status: eGolf Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
79-71–150 (+6)
 eGolf Money rank
n/a
Earnings
$4,510
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$2,345,758
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-74–147 (+5)
 FedEx Rank
77
Earnings
$642,442
 SHUN YAT HAK
 Hong Kong, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
 High School: Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep
 Status: SwingThought.com Tour
  PGA Tour Canada Q-School
T-27th
67-70-69-70 (-12)
 Money rank
62
Earnings
$6,821
 PAUL HALEY
 Dallas, Texas
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$275,195
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Highland Park
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$32,472,876
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-5th
68-66-68-68–270 (-14)
 FedEx Rank
17
Earnings
$1,361,334
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$9,300,931
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
89
Earnings
$28,800
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$3,582,786
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: Champions Tour
 Last Week
T-25th
72-70–140 (-2)
 Money Rank
56
Earnings
$36,944
 BRYCE MOLDER
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2001
 Career earnings: 
$8,935,697
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1998-2001
 High School: Conway (Ark.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-15th
74-64-70-67–275 (-9)
 FedEx Rank
89
Earnings
$529,020
 Seth Reeves
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$2,750
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: SwingThought.com Tour
 Last week
T-32nd
69-72-71-68–280 (-8)
 eGolf Money rank
17
Earnings
$8,944
 KYLE SCOTT
 Johannesburg, South Africa.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$2,750
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Edenglen
 Status: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
n/a
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings: 
$5,481,177
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-75–148 (+6)
 FedEx Rank
94
Earnings
$427,755
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$6,608,174
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-73–145 (+3)
 FedEx Rank
63
Earnings
$611,079
 MINGHAO WANG
 Xian, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-13
 High School: Celebration Academy
 Status: PGA Tour China Series
 Last week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
127
Earnings
¥10,744
 MATT WEIBRING
 Plano, Texas
 Turned pro:
2002
 Career earnings: 
$872,388
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1999-2002
 High School: Bishop Lynch
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
T-63rd
74-70-72-77–293 (+5)
 Money Rank
112
Earnings
$7,968
 RICHARD WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$17,561
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-18th
72-70-69-69–280 (-8)
  Money rank
78
Earnings
$17,561
 JAMES WHITE
 Acworth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2012
 Career earnings: 
$39,080
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-12
 High School: Harrison
 Status: SwingThought.com Tour
  Last Week
T-15th
70-68-70-68–276 (-12)
 Money Rank
7
Earnings
$12,264
 CHAN (SONG) WONGLUKIET
 Atlanta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2006
 Career earnings: 
$39,080
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Bradenton Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour China Series
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
108
Earnings
¥18,252

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