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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSPaul Haley II scores a runner-up finish on the Korn Ferry Tour … Three Yellow jackets make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship … Tyler Strafaci makes his professional debut this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson … More below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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HALEY CONTENDS IN FINAL ROUND ON KORN FERRY TOUR

Paul Haley II boosted himself into real contention for a PGA Tour card last weekend with a tie for second place at the Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation in College Grove, Tenn., near Nashville.

The former ACC Champion at Georgia Tech was just a shot off the lead Sunday when play was suspended by weather, and he closed with a 2-under-par 70 to finish three shots behind Austin Smotherman. His 72-hole score was 13-under-par 275.

More importantly, Haley jumped from No. 27 to No. 19 in the Korn Ferry Tour points standings. The top 25 individuals in points at the end of the regular season are awarded PGA Tour cards for 2021-22. In calendar year 2021, Haley has three top-10 finishes and has placed T11 and T16 in two other events, and has missed just one cut in eight tournaments.

J.T. Griffin (280, -8) and Ollie Schniederjans (282, -6) also played well last weekend, tying for 12th and 19th, respectively. Anders Albertson and Seth Reeves tied for 53rd and 65th, respectively, with Reeves falling to 28th in the points standings.

The Korn Ferry Tour stays in Tennessee this week for the Visit Knoxville Open.

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THREE JACKETS MAKE THE WEEKEND AT WELLS FARGO

Three of the five Yellow Jackets in the field at the Wells Fargo Championship advanced to weekend play, led by Vincent Whaley’s tie for 26th, which improved his position on the FedEx points standings to No. 131. Whaley shot even-par 284 at the Quail Hollow Club.

Stewart Cink and Richy Werenski each tied for 37th place with a tournament score of 285 (+1). Cink held at No. 6 in FedEx Cup points, while Werenski moved up to No. 89.

Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley missed the cut.

This is how 47-year-old Stewart Cink gaines 20 yards with his driver

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STRAFACI MAKING PRO DEBUT THIS WEEKEND

With the United States’ 14-12 victory over Great Britain and Ireland last weekend at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., Tyler Strafaci’s amateur career came to an end. The 2020 U.S. Amateur champion saw his dreams come true and a family tradition extended by playing in the Masters and the Walker Cup.

This weekend, Strafaci will make his professional debut at the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, playing along with Yellow Jackets’ Roberto Castro, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar and Vincent Whaley. Strafaci has missed the cut as an amateur in two PGA Tour events this year, the Farmers Insurance Open and the Masters, and withdrew from the Genesis Invitational due to injury. He has a spot in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines from his U.S. Amateur title, which he keeps even as a professional, and also is scheduled to play in the Charles Schwab Challenge and the Memorial Tournament.

From Golfweek on Strafaci’s Walker Cup weekend“Strafaci, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, took himself out of Saturday singles at the last minute. The 22-year-old said later, after a trip to the hospital for IV fluids, that he was seeing two golf balls while he was trying to warm up. In close matches such as these, it was arguably the most heroic move he could have made – Strafaci’s withdrawal allowed William Mouw to step in and score a point against Ben Jones … On Sunday, a slightly-recovered Strafaci appeared in two sessions and by late afternoon was bending over slowly and walking gingerly. Strafaci failed to put a point on the board on the final day – though he did nearly hole his final bunker shot on the closing hole – but the sheer strength it took just to stay on his feet will be a lasting memory from these matches.”

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MIZE COMES UP STRONG AT REGIONS TRADITION

Larry Mize posted his best finish of 2021 with a tie for 29th place at the Regions Tradition, the first major of the year on the PGA Tour Champions. The 1987 Masters champion shot 289 (+1) through 72 holes at Greystone Golf and Country Club, and earned his highest finish since a tie for ninth place at the Cologuard Classic in March of 2020.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  AT&T Byron Nelson • May 13-16, 2021 • TPC Craig Ranch • McKinney, Texas • Purse: $8,100,000
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Visit Knoxville Open • May 13-16, 2021 • Holston Hills Country Club • Knoxville, Tenn. • Purse: $600,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Mitsubishi Electric Classic • May 13-16, 2021 • TPC Sugarloaf • Duluth, Ga. • Purse: $1,800,000
  • Forme 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:  Greenville Open • May 19-21, 2021 • Brook Valley Country Club • Greenville, N.C. • Purse: $72,100
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST 23 Mooresville Golf Club • May 12-13, 2021 • Mooresville Golf Club • Charlotte, N.C.

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: 283
YTD earnings: $8,760
KFT points ranking: 126
YTD earnings (KFT): $14,525
Career earnings (PGAT): $556,905
Career earnings (KFT): $929,956
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: 24
YTD Earnings (Champions): $144,315
Career earnings (Champions): $787,185
FedEx Cup points ranking: 169
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
Did not playGPro Points ranking: 20
YTD Earnings (GPro): $4,797
Career earnings (GPro): $59,704
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: 84
YTD earnings (Champions): $38,506
Career earnings (Champions): $331,796
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: 122
YTD earnings: $441,312
Career earnings: $12,165,371
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
78th
68-68-74-75--285 (-3)
FedEx Cup points: 221
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 183
YTD earnings (KFT): $9,160
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,086,525
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-53
73-65-71-71--280 (-8)
KFT points ranking: 167
YTD earnings (KFT): $12,110
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: 180
YTD earnings: $197,276
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,955,967
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $10,863
Career earnings (Champions): $5,166,866
Career earnings (PGAT): $7,947,092
ANDY OGLETREE
Hometown: Little Rock, Miss.
Residence: Roswell, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: Asian Tour
PGA of America
PGA Championship
missed cut
73-75--148 (+6)
LIV standings: 28
YTD earnings (LIV): $1,608,000
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
Career earnings (LIV): $2,083,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
missed cut
74-71--145 (+1)
KFT Points ranking: 122
YTD earnings (KFT): $20,239
Career earnings (KFT): $342,455
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-10
69-69-68-67--273 (-15)
KFT points ranking: 66
YTD earnings (KFT): $51,880
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $677,998
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
PGA Tour Americas
Inter Rapidismo Championship
T-23
73-67-69-70--279 (-9)
Fortinet Cup points: 65
YTD earnings (Americas): $4,736
Career earnings (Canada): $46,844
OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
missed cut
72-72--144 (even)
KFT Points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $28,830
Career earnings (KFT): $589,540
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: 36
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-36
68-72-68-70--278 (-10)
KFT points ranking: 27
YTD earnings (KFT): $100,793
Career earnings (KFT): $124,914
TYLER STRAFACI
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Residence: Davie, Fla.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: none
Did not playFortinet Cup points: 114
YTD earnings (Canada): $789
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: 32
YTD Earnings (LIV): $1,484,050
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,535,898
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: 191
KFT points ranking: 48
YTD earnings (KFT): $65,960
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $512,403
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,765,035
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
Status: PGA Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-4
65-72-66-68--271 (-17)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 154
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $206,369
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,852,178
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 81
YTD earnings (KFT): $206,369
Career earnings (KFT): $350,642

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