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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

May 1, 2018

THE FLATS – Chesson Hadley and his partner Brice Garnett shared the lead for a little while on Sunday in New Orleans … Roberto Castro started fast on Sunday, fell back, then settled for his third straight top-10 finish on the Web.com Tour … U.S. Open local qualifying started this week … this and more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report.

Former Georgia Tech stars nearly brought home victories on two tours last weekend as Hadley and Castro both made charges on the final day of their respective events.

Hadley partnered with Brice Garnett in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a unique two-man team event utilizing both best-ball and alternate shot play over the 72 holes. They played the front nine at TPC Louisiana in 4-under-par in the alternate-shot format in the final round Sunday to grab a share of the lead, but had three bogeys for a 39 coming home and tied for fourth place at 269 (-19), three shots off the lead. The duo had moved into contention with a 61 in the third round, which was played at best ball.

Richy Werenski (tied for 25th with Nicholas Lindheim) and Matt Kuchar (tied for 28th with Bubba Watson) also had successful weekends at the event.

Following third-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chesson Hadley and Brice Garnett talk to Amanda Balionis from CBS Sports.

During final-round Foursomes at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chesson Hadley sinks a 28-foot birdie putt on the par-4 5th hole.
In second-round Foursomes at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson show fans how to have fun while carding a 9-under 69 and tie for 7th heading into Saturday.

Following second-round Foursomes at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson talk to John McGinnis from PGA TOUR Live.

Hadley is considered one of the favorites in this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in his home state of North Carolina. He connected three top 20s prior to his tie for fourth last weekend in New Orleans. He has eight top 20s on the season, and a pair of top 20s in his last two trips to the Quail Hollow Club. Stewart Cink, Ollie Schniederjans and Werenski also are in the field.

Meanwhile, Castro birdied three of his first four holes and shot 31 (-5) on the front nine Sunday at Victoria National Golf Club, moving within a shot of the lead during the final round of the United Leasing and Finance Championship. The 2007 Tech graduate was never able to grab a share of the lead, however, and wound up bogeying 16 and 17 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 286 (-2) for the weekend.

Still, Castro posted his third consecutive top-10 finish and improved to 14th place in earnings this season on the Web.com Tour. The top 25 in earnings at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards for 2018-19.

Victoria National exceeded high expectations by 5 miles. Can count on 1 hand the courses I’ve played that are better than VN. Remarkable in every way. Fazio’s masterpiece.

Roberto Castro (@cicioCASTRO) April 30, 2018

Stewart Cink took the weekend off to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame along with Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, former Tech football coach Chan Gailey, former Auburn and major league pitcher Tim Hudson and former NFL receiver Terrell Owens.

Had a blast this weekend in B-Ham thanks @ASHOF! Might have to make a slight grip adjustment though! pic.twitter.com/kyYIMcvqCQ

— Stewart Cink (@stewartcink) April 30, 2018

Thoughtful gift basket awaiting us in our room, compliments of @ashof. Even an actual basket shaped like my home state! Probably won’t be much left over when we check out Sunday! #AlabamaSportsHallofFame pic.twitter.com/UielPOXELE

— Stewart Cink (@stewartcink) April 27, 2018

U.S. Open: Local qualifying tournaments for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship have begun this week, including the first of two in the state of Georgia which occurred Monday at Marietta Country Club. Current Jackets Jacob Joiner, Andy Ogletree and Luke Schniederjans, as well as class of 2018 signee Luka Karaulic, were among 132 golfers competing to earn one of eight spots available for players to advance to sectional qualifying. Tyler Joiner and Michael Pisciotta, current Jackets graduating this spring, will attempt local qualifying along with former Tech players Bo Andrews, Drew Czuchry and J.T. Griffin on May 14 at Georgia National Golf Club in McDonough, Ga. Local qualifying tournaments are 18 holes of individual stroke play.

The 2018 U.S. Open will be contested June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Matt Kuchar is the only former Tech player currently exempt into the field.

Elsewhere: Bo Andrews is in the field for the MacKenzie Tour’s final qualifying event, which began Tuesday in British Columbia … Vincent Whaley, who came up short in qualifying for the MacKenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada) this spring, is one of three former Yellow Jackets who are competing in events on the Adams Pro Tour, which has a 16-event schedule running through late October at sites in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, and offers purses from $100,000 and up. Whaley, a 2017 Tech graduate, is 31st on the current earnings list after playing two events, while former Jackets J.T. Griffin and Paul Haley also have competed.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship • May 3-6, 2018 • Quail Hollow Club • Charlotte, N.C. • Purse: $7,700,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Knoxville Open • May 10-13, 2018 • Fox Den Country Club • Knoxville, Tenn. • Purse: $550,000
PGA Tour Champions: Insperity Invitational • May 4-6, 2018 • The Woodlands Country Club • The Woodlands, Texas • Purse: $2,200,000
Mackenzie Tour:Freedom 55 Financial Open • May 31-June 3, 2018 • Point Grey Golf and Country Club • Vancouver, British Columbia • Purse: $200,000
Adams Pro Tour:Business First Bank Classic • May 2-5, 2018 • Beau Chene Country Club • Mandeville, La. • Purse: $132,000

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$217,454
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
79-79–158 (+14)
 Money rank
60
Earnings
$26,944
 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
did not play
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-5
73-73-69-71–286 (-2)
 FedEx Cup Rank
14
Earnings
$107,412
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$35,835,769
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
115
Earnings
$420,464
 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
missed cut (w/ Jim Furyk)
65-75–140 (-4)
 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: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$5,486,972
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-4
64-73-61-71–269 (-19)
 Money Rank
19
Earnings
$2,061,927
 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
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
17 (2016)
Earnings
¥251,305
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$42,988,924
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-28 (w/ Bubba Watson)
68-67-68-74–277 (-11)
 FedEx Cup Rank
61
Earnings
$1,001,045
 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
203
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: 
$113,500
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
missed cut
72-77–149 (+7)
 Money rank
73
Earnings
$22,515
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$3,115,535
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
60
Earnings
$951,174
 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
68
69-77-82-84–312 (+24)
 Money Rank
127
Earnings
$5,148
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,804,238
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut (w/ Brett Stegmaier)
69-79–148 (+4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
186
Earnings
$113,099
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$1,193,432
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-25 (w/ Nicholas Lindheim)
64-71-69-72–276 (-12)
  FedEx Cup rank
143
Earnings
$296,345
 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
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
31
Earnings
$4,715

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