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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSSeth Reeves, Cameron Tringale challenge for Sanderson Farms title with career-low rounds … Chesson Hadley’s big leap back to competition … Andy Ogletree plays before home crowd five months after hip surgery … Two more Jackets make it to second stage of Korn Ferry Q-School … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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REEVES, TRINGALE CHALLENGE FOR SANDERSON FARMS TITLE

Still seeking his first PGA Tour victory in his 311th career start, Cameron Tringale knocked on the door once more last weekend, tying his career-low score of 62 in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, carding six birdies and two eagles. He temporarily held the lead on Saturday, but he shot 1-under-par 71 Sunday to fall back into a tie for 11th place (270, -18)

Seth Reeves, in just his second PGA Tour season, also had a fleeting moment atop the leaderboard Saturday after posting a career-low 63 with eight birdies and an eagle. Reeves followed that with a 69 Sunday to tie for eighth place at 269 (-19), his second-best finish on the PGA Tour behind his T7 at the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship.

Tringale and Reeves needed just 23 putts each in their Saturday rounds.

Tringale, who has more than $14 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour, still holds the distinction of having the most starts without a victory of any active Tour member since 2009.

Five of the six Yellow Jackets in the Sanderson Farms field played the weekend, as Chesson Hadley tied for 45th, Andy Ogletree tied for 51st playing in his home state, and Vincent Whaley tied for 65th.

Full leaderboard

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HADLEY MIXES IN HALL OF FAME INDUCTION WITH GOLF

Chesson Hadley needed golf’s version of a Hail Mary to keep his PGA TOUR card last season.

He hopes he won’t need it this time around.

“Last season was not a great ball-striking year, unfortunately,” said Hadley, 34, who made his second start of the new season at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

While he probably won’t start in earnest until after Thanksgiving, the 2014 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year is embarking on some changes to shore up those tee-to-green deficiencies. He began working with a new swing coach, Raleigh-based Chase Duncan, 37, in early August.

“I like to try to keep it as simple as possible,” Duncan said. “Initially I’ll help him understand his current pattern, and we’ll work on the takeaway, getting a good feel for the clubface coming back. Not big changes. I’ve been impressed how much he likes to eat for such a skinny guy.”

Indeed, Hadley’s feast-or-famine 2021 suggests he’s not far away. Although he ranked 169th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green last season, he was 11th in SG: Putting and very nearly won. At the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in June, he was the 54-hole leader by four but bogeyed the last three holes to lose to young South African Garrick Higgo by a shot.

Last weekend, he didn’t let his effort to better compete get in the way of being at Georgia Tech Friday night to be inducted into the Georgia tech Sports Hall of Fame. After firing opening rounds of 69-69, he flew to Atlanta, participated in the induction ceremony and flew right back to Jackson, where he shot 67-73 on the weekend to tie for 45th.

Chesson Hadley’s big leap

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FIVE MONTHS AFTER HIP SURGERY, OGLETREE MAKES HIS MOVE AT SANDERSON FARMS

Five months after hip surgery, Andy Ogletree charged up the leaderboard during the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship on Thursday.

The Union High School graduate and Little Rock native shot 5-under-par 67 to open the PGA Tour tournament at Country Club of Jackson, putting him in a tie for fifth at the time his round ended. Ogletree followed that with a 69 Friday to make the cut, then stumbled to a 77 Saturday before finishing strong with a 67. His 9-under-par total of 279 tied him for 51st place.

“Regardless of the score, playing pain free that’s most important to me right now,” Ogletree said. “It’s kind of freed me up, I mean, I don’t really have any expectations. This is my first PGA Tour event in six months. Obviously, I’m pleased with the start, but I’m more happy to be pain-free and just to be playing golf.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship was the tournament Ogletree had aimed to make his return to golf after a few months of rehab. It was a homecoming of sorts for the 23-year-old, who left his home state for Georgia Tech after high school and went on to win the 2019 U.S. Amateur. After his media session, he was welcomed by two lines of supporters, whom he greeted.

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TWO MORE JACKETS ADVANCE TO SECOND STAGE OF KORN FERRY Q-SCHOOL

Noah Norton and Chris Petefish both advanced to the second stage of qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour with solid performances in first-stage events last week.

Petefish finished fifth at Kannapolis, N.C., with a score of 271 (-13) and was among the 20 players who advanced. Norton, who graduated last May and played in a pair of Korn Ferry events last fall, tied for 18th place (277, -11) and was among the 21 who advanced from the qualifier in Dayton, Nev.

Drew Czuchry made it through the first stage of qualifying two weeks ago, tying for 15th place (282, -6) at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.

Second stage qualifying takes place at five sites, the first next week (Oct. 12-15) in Brooksville, Fla., and the other four Oct. 19-22.

Complete Q-School schedule with links to leaderboards

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RYMER NAMED EXECUTIVE FOR COURSE ATOP LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Charlie Rymer, a former Georgia Tech All-American and PGA Tour player who now hosts his own golf show on the CBS Sports Network, has been named executive vice president of the McLemore golf course and resort development atop Lookout Mountain in Walker County, Georgia.

Rymer, a Cleveland, Tenn., native who was raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina, became the first-ever three-time South Carolina Junior Golf Champion and at the age of 17, he won the USGA Junior Amateur Championship, earning a golf scholarship to Georgia Tech where he was a two-time All-American. Rymer spent more than 10 years playing as a professional, winning the 1994 South Carolina Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Shriners Children’s Open • October 7-10, 2021 • TPC Summerlin • Las Vegas, Nev. • Purse: $7,000,000 • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Korn Ferry Tour qualifying, second stage events • October 12-15 and 19-22, 2021 • five sites
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Constellation Furyk & Friends • October 8-10, 2021 • Timuquana Country Club • Jacksonville, Fla. • Purse: $2,000,000
  • Forme Tour:  2021 schedule completed
  • All Pro Tour:  Oakwing Championship • October 18-20, 2021 • Oakwing Golf Club • Alexandria, La. • Purse: $48,000
  • G Pro Tour:  Mimosa Challenge • October 12-14, 2021 • Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club • Morganton, N.C.
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST45 Highland Oaks • October 5-7, 2021 • Highland Oaks • Dothan, Ala.

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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: 228
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: 167
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $210,115
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $43,736,979
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: 51
YTD earnings (Champions): $164,798
Career earnings (Champions): $458,088
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
USGA
U.S. Open
missed cut
75-73--148 (+8)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 129
YTD earnings: $463,903
Career earnings: $12,187,963
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
Wichita Open
T-77
71-66-72-70--279 (-1)
FedEx Cup points: 223
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 198
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
Wichita Open
T-17
69-66-68-66--269 (-11)
KFT points ranking: 147
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
USGA
U.S. Open
T-50
72-71-75-71--289 (+9)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 149
YTD earnings: $197,276
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,955,967
CHRISTO LAMPRECHT
Hometown: George, South Africa
Turned pro: 2024
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-24
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
78-63--141 (+1)
KFT points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): n/a
ANDY MAO
Hometown: Johns Creek, Ga.
Turned pro: 2024
Years at Georgia Tech: 2020-24
Status: developmental tours
GPro Tour
Colonial Classic
missed cut
72-67--139 (-3)
GPro points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $n/a
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
Did not playLIV standings: 28
YTD earnings (LIV): $1,735,750
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
Career earnings (LIV): $2,211,000
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
USGA
U.S. Open
missed cut
77-72--149 (+9)
KFT Points ranking: 132
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
Did not playKFT points ranking: 73
YTD earnings (KFT): $60,549
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $686,576
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: 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
Wichita Open
T-54
71-66-65-71--273 (-7)
KFT Points ranking: 126
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
GPro Tour
Colonial Classic
T-12
69-67-66--202 (-11)
GPro points ranking: 36
YTD earnings: $4,490
ROSS STEELMAN
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2021-23
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
T-17
66-65-68-70--269 (-11)
KFT points ranking: 35
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
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): $1,880,925
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,932,775
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
73-65--148 (+8)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 192
KFT points ranking: 55
YTD earnings (KFT): $65,960
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $518,875
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
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 161
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $261,124
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,906,933
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 81
YTD earnings (KFT): $206,369
Career earnings (KFT): $350,642

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