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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSMatt Kuchar gets runner-up finish as four Jackets play the weekend at Valero Texas Open … Stewart Cink and Larry Mize repping Tech in The Masters this week … Will Dickson gets Korn Ferry tee time and makes the cut in Savannah … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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CINK AND MIZE CARRY TECH BANNER AT THE MASTERS

Georgia Tech is always present at The Masters in some form. From the memory of Bobby Jones as the founder of the event to Larry Mize’s thrilling chip-in to win the 1987 Masters over Greg Norman.

Mize is back this year for his 39th appearance as a former champion, and Stewart Cink made the field for the 20th time based on his victory at the RBC Heritage last spring.

Cink enters his 20th Masters coming off his finest season on the PGA Tour in more than a decade. With his son Reagan on the bag, Cink, 48, captured his first victory since the 2009 Open Championship at the 2020 Safeway Open, earning an invitation to last year’s Masters, where he finished T12. His spot in the 2022 Tournament already secured, Cink won the following week at Hilton Head for his eighth career PGA Tour victory. Father and son are both graduates of Georgia Tech, and Stewart resides in the Atlanta area. His best Masters finish was a T3 in 2008.

Augusta native Mize won the 1987 Masters in unforgettable fashion by chipping in from 140 feet on No. 11, the second playoff hole, to prevail over Greg Norman after Seve Ballesteros had been eliminated on the first extra hole. Mize, 63, opened the 2020 Masters with a 2-under 70, his lowest round at the Masters since 2009. He is making his 39th appearance as a competitor. As a teenager, he worked the leader board at the third hole.

35 years ago: One of the most iconic finishes in Masters history. Mize, an Augusta native, was four years removed from his last win and found himself in a sudden-death playoff with two legends of the game, Greg Norman and Ballesteros. On the first extra hole, Ballesteros fell out of the playoff by three-putting. So the second time around, Norman, one year after completing the “Saturday Slam,” stood in the way of Mize’s dream. But on the par-4 11th, that dream would come true as Mize holed a 140-foot chip for birdie, throwing his club in the air and running in circles as Norman watched in disbelief.

 

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KUCHAR FINISHES RUNNER-UP AT VALERO TEXAS OPEN

Four Yellow Jackets played the weekend at the Valero Texas Open last weekend in San Antonio, and Matt Kuchar made a strong bid to capture his 10th PGA Tour win but fell a couple of strokes short.

Making his 500th career PGA Tour start, Kuchar instead posted the 14th runner-up finish of his career, posting an 11-under-par score of 277 to tie for second two strokes behind winner J.J. Spaun. The performance elevated him 60 spots to No. 44 in the FedEx Cup points standings for 2021-22.

Without a victory since the last Masters Tournament and sitting outside the top 50 in the Official World Ranking, however, Kuchar needed to win in San Antonio to earn an invitation to the year’s first major tournament. Kuchar had competed in the last 12 Masters and in 49 of the last 50 major tournaments.

Outside of Kuchar, Vincent Whaley helped himself the most in terms of FedEx Cup ranking, tying for 29th place at 6-under-par 282, finishing strong with an eagle at the 18th hole for a final-round 69. He sits No. 99 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Richy Werenski tied for 48th place, and Chesson Hadley tied for 53rd in San Antonio. After missing the cut in six straight events, Werenski has now made the cut in three of his last four, finishing as high as 21st at the Valspar Championship.

Not in the masters field this week, Whaley, Werenski and Hadley have the week off and will return to action next week at the RBC Heritage.

PGA Tour Leaderboard

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DICKSON MAKES BANK IN FIRST KORN FERRY START

Will Dickson paced the field at Monday qualifying, carding 7-under 65 at Forest Heights CC, to secure a tee time for last week’s Club Car Championship in Savannah, Ga. He made good on the chance, making the cut and tying for 31st place overall (3-under-par 285) to earn his first Korn ferry Tour check.

Dickson, who resides in Atlanta, is playing his first full season as a professional golfer, having made history in Rhode Island by winning four consecutive high school state titles before coming to Georgia Tech.

Anders Albertson, who sits 56th in Korn Ferry Tour points, and Paul Haley II, at No. 15, both missed the cut.

Korn Ferry Tour leaderboard

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  The Masters Tournament • April 7-10, 2022 • Augusta National Golf Club • Augusta, Ga. • Purse: n/a • FedEx Cup points: 600
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Veritex Bank Championship • April 13-16, 2022 • Texas Rangers Golf Club • Arlington, Texas • Purse: $750,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Clubcorp Classic • April 22-24, 2022 • Los Colinas Country Club • Irving, Texas • Purse: $2,000,000
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Q-School USA West 2 • April 5-8, 2022 • Soboba Springs Golf Club • San Jacinto, Calif. • Purse: tba
  • All Pro Tour:  Gateway Buick GMC Classic • April 12-15, 2022 • Bridges at Firewheel • Garland, Texas • Purse: $130,000
  • G Pro Tour:  Sanctuary Open • April 12-14, 2022 • Sanctuary Golf Club • Waverly, Ga.
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST2 Rivertowne Country Club • April 13-14, 2022 • Rivertowne Country Club • Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
  • Florida Elite Golf Tour:  Florida Elite Tour Championship • April 4-5, 2022 • Golden Bear Club at Keenes Pointe • Windermere, Fla. • Purse: $15,000/1st place

#PROJACKETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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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