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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSRichy Werenski contends for title No. 2 on the PGA Tour, misses by one at Zurich Classic of New Orleans … Paul Haley II has an enjoyable homecoming on the Korn Ferry Tour … Tyler Strafaci has set his professional debut … More below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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WERENSKI AND UIHLEIN COME UP 1 STROKE SHORT

Richy Werenski partnered with fellow Massachusetts native Peter Uihlein and nearly pulled off a victory last weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the PGA Tour’s only two-man team event.

The duo fired rounds in the 60s (65-69-68-67) for a 19-under-par total of 269, which came up one stroke shy of the lead, which was shared by the Australian duo of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith and the major champion duo of Louis Oostuizen and Charl Schwartzel, both of whom posted scored of 268 (-20). Leishman and Smith won the title in a playoff.

The difference turned out to be rounds 1 and 3, played with the four-ball format (each player plays his own ball, and the best score on each hole counts for his team). The first-place finishers shot 63-63 in those rounds, while Werenski and Uihlein shot 65-67. According to the PGA Tour, they shot 136 (69-67) in alternate shot, the lowest score in that format by two strokes. They were one of two teams to break 140.

The near-miss meant a 22-spot hike for Werenski in the FedEx Cup race to 91st place.

Meanwhile, Vincent Whaley and his teammate Michael Gligic tied for 29th in the 78-team competition with a 7-under-par total of 281. Former Tech teammates Roberto Castro and Cameron Tringale missed the cut, as did Chesson Hadley and his teammate, Ben Martin.

Hadley, Tringale, Werenski and Whaley are back in action this week for the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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HALEY MAKES MOST OF HOMECOMING ON KORN FERRY TOUR

Paul Haley II was one of several Dallas, Texas, natives in the field for last weekend’s Veritex Bank Championship, and the former ACC champion was obviously comfortable in his home environment. Haley shot rounds of 70-63-64-69 for an 18-under-par total of 266 to tie for 11th place at the Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington.

The performance lifted him to 27th on the Korn Ferry Tour points list, just outside the 25th spot necessary to win a PGA Tour card at the end of the regular season.

Anders Albertson, returning to action after a break, looked as though he might challenge for the win early in the tournament, opening with rounds of 62-65 to lead the event before falling back to a tie for 20th after weekend rounds of 70-71. He posted a 16-under-par score of 268 and sits No. 62 in the Korn Ferry points standings.

J.T. Griffin also made the cut and tied for 46th place at 273 (-11), and stands 77th in points. Seth Reeves, Ollie Schniederjans and Nicholas Thompson didn’t make it to the weekend.

All six will be back in action this weekend at the Huntsville (Ala.) Championship.

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U.S.-BASED TOUR CREATED FOR MACKENZIE TOUR MEMBERS

When recent Georgia Tech graduate Luke Schniederjans earned status earlier this month on the MacKenzie Tour, the PGA Tour’s Canadian Tour, there wasn’t much clarity on when and where he would actually play. That answer has now come.

The PGA TOUR announced last week the creation of the Forme Tour for current PGA TOUR Canada members as a result of restrictions and other COVID-19-related issues at the U.S.-Canadian border. For 2021, PGA TOUR Canada members will be given access to the Forme Tour, allowing them the ability to compete in a series of U.S.-based events between June and September.

The Forme Tour will continue to provide Official World Golf Ranking points and is planning an eight-tournament schedule played during the summer. The top-five points earners earning 2021-22 Korn Ferry Tour membership along with others advancing to the second and final stages of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Dates and sites will be announced later in the spring.

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ELSEWHERE

Chris Petefish tied for 14th in last week’s Huntsville (Ala.) Open on the GPro Tour, posting a 9-under-par score of 204.

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STRAFACI ANNOUNCES PRO DEBUT AFTER WALKER CUP

Reigning U.S. Amateur champ Tyler Strafaci announced last week he will turn pro after the upcoming Walker Cup. Strafaci will make his debut at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

He’s already played in three professional events, missing the cut at the Masters and Farmers Insurance Open and withdrawing with injury at the Genesis Invitational. Thanks to a new rule, Strafaci will still be able to play in June’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines through his U.S. Amateur exemption despite losing his amateur status.

Aside from the U.S. Open and Nelson, Strafaci already has tournaments lined up at Colonial and Muirfield Village.

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CINK AND WESTWOOD REVEL IN JOIN BROUGHT BY PERSPECTIVE, FAMILY

Familiar with the old adage that age is just a number? Here’s PGA Tour proof of that: Exhibit A: 47-year-old Stewart Cink, who eight days ago won the RBC Heritage for his second victory of the season – both of them coming more than 11 years after his most recent title. Exhibit B: Almost 48-year-old Lee Westwood (his birthday is Friday), who came within one swing of potentially winning both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship in consecutive weeks last month. At their respective ages, Cink and Westwood could be counting the days until they turn 50 and can graduate to playing 54-hole, no-cut events on PGA Tour Champions where the pay is good and much of the pressure is off.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Valspar Championship • April 29-May 2, 2021 • Innisbrook Resort • Palm Harbor, Fla. • Purse: $6,900,000
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Huntsville Championship • April 29-March 2, 2021 • The Ledges • Huntsville, Ala. • Purse: $600,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Insperity Invitational • April 30-May 2, 2021 • The Woodlands Country Club • The Woodlands, Texas • Purse: $2,250,000
  • MacKenzie Tour:  PGA Tour Canada Q-School USA West 3 • June 8-11, 2021 • The Home Course • Dupont, Wash.
  • All Pro Tour:  Shawnee Championship • May 12-15, 2021 • Shawnee Country Club • Shawnee, Okla. • Purse: $130,000
  • G Pro Tour:  Kannapolis Open • May 5-7, 2021 • The Club at Irish Creek • Kannapolis, N.C. • Purse: $72,100
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST 22 Three Ridges Golf Course • May 6-8, 2021 • Three Ridges Golf Course • Knoxville, Tenn.

PLAYERPLAYERLAST WEEKDATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $512,187
Career earnings (KFT): $915,431
STEWART CINK
Hometown: Florence, Ala.
Residence: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
Status: PGA Tour/PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: 17
YTD Earnings (Champions): $152,086
Career earnings (Champions): $620,725
FedEx Cup points ranking: 155
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $67,645
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $43,526,864
WILL DICKSON
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2021
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Status: Developmental tours
GPro Tour
Sanctuary Championship
T-10
67-71--138 (-6)
GPro Points ranking: 18
YTD Earnings (GPro): $3,792
Career earnings (GPro): $58,699
Points ranking (KFT): 193
YTD earnings (KFT): $4,538
Points ranking (FET): 154
YTD earnings (FET): $2,571
DAVID DUVAL
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Residence: Denver, Colo.
Turned pro: 1993
Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup Points ranking: 79
YTD earnings (Champions): $18,276
Career earnings (Champions): $311,556
Career earnings (PGAT): $18,983,931
J.T. GRIFFIN
Hometown: Wilson, N.C.
Residence: Marietta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2011
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playFortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
Career earnings (Canada): $29,836
Career earnings (KFT): $187,056
CHESSON HADLEY
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro: 2010
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 114
YTD earnings: $191,297
Career earnings: $11,915,296
SHUN YAT HAK
Hometown: Hong Kong
Turned pro: 2013
Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
Status: PGA Tour China
Did not playFortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: ¥251,305
PAUL HALEY II
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Turned pro: 2011
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points: 202
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 119
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,078,795
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Did not playKFT points ranking: 146
YTD earnings (KFT): $4,050
Fortinet Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): $n/a
MATT KUCHAR
Hometown:
Lake Mary, Fla.
Residence: Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro: 2000
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 175
YTD earnings: $70,125
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,828,816
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (Champions): $5,154,323
Career earnings (PGAT): $7,947,092
NOAH NORTON
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2021
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Status: Developmental tours
Did not playPoints ranking (GPro): n/a
YTD earnings (GPro): n/a
ANDY OGLETREE
Hometown: Little Rock, Miss.
Residence: Roswell, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: Asian Tour
Did not playLIV standings: 46
YTD earnings (LIV): $476,625
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
YTD earnings (LIV): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $1,038,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT Points ranking: 123
YTD earnings (KFT): $5,850
Career earnings (KFT): $328,065
Career earnings (PGA Tour Canada): $21,118
SETH REEVES
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $13,250
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $639,368
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
Did not playFortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
Career earnings (Canada): $46,844
OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT Points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): $553,500
Career earnings (PGAT): $3,879,653
BEN SMITH
Hometown: Novi, Mich.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2022
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-22
Status: developmental tours
Did not playGPro points ranking: 6
YTD earnings: $2,595
ROSS STEELMAN
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2021-23
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT points ranking: 18
YTD earnings: $85,619
Career earnings (KFT): $109,740
TYLER STRAFACI
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Residence: Davie, Fla.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: none
Did not playFortinet Cup points: T-47
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
Career earnings (PGAT Americas): $45,681
YTD earnings (GPro Tour): $1,112
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $21,111
Career earnings (Canada): $12,970
NICHOLAS THOMPSON
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro: 2005
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): $922,294
Career earnings (PGAT): $5,729,551
CAMERON TRINGALE
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro: 2009
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
Status: LIV Golf/Asian Tour
Did not playLIV standings: 40
YTD Earnings (LIV): $747,000
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,018,898
Career earnings (PGAT): $17,310,004
RICHY WERENSKI
Hometown: South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 162
KFT points ranking: 21
YTD earnings (KFT): $56,680
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $508,233
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,756,075
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 139
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $102,780
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,748,589
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 119
YTD earnings (KFT): $20,415
Career earnings (KFT): $263,392

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