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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSMatt Kuchar and Paul Haley II post strong starts to the PGA Tour season at the Fortinet Championship … J.T. Griffin and Tyler Strafaci, who just finished their 2022 seasons in Canada, tee it up in first stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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HALEY II, KUCHAR START 2022-23 PGA TOUR SEASON STRONG

All seven of Georgia Tech’s PGA Tour members were in the field this week as the Tour began its 2022-23 season with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif. Only two Yellow Jackets, Paul Haley II and Matt Kuchar, survived to the weekend but both finished tied for 12th place to begin the season in strong fashion.

Haley, making is first PGA Tour start since the Wyndham Championship in 2013, earned nearly twice the amount for his career-best finish ($140,667) as he did over 18 starts that season on the Tour. On Saturday, he recorded a 6-under 66, his career-low round (round recap here) in his 20th PGA TOUR start. He went a span of 3,315 days (9 years, 28 days) between the end of his last TOUR start (Sunday, August 18, 2013) and round one of the Fortinet Championship.

By contrast, Kuchar played the 510th event of his 23-year PGA Tour career, making the cut in 370 of those, and finishing in the top 25 in 213 of those, and went over the $55 million mark in career earnings. He ranks ninth all-time in official money on the PGA Tour.

Stewart Cink, the 2020 champion at this event, missed the cut along with Anders Albertson, Chesson Hadley, Richy Werenski and Vincent Whaley. The Tour takes this week off to conduct the Presidents Cup in Charlotte, N.C., and resumes next week with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

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FATHER-SON CADDIE DUO OF STEWART AND REAGAN CINK CALL IT A DAY

As Stewart Cink made his way to the practice tee at the Fortinet Championship, he confirmed a change to begin the 2022-23 PGA Tour season – son Reagan is off the bag.

“He threw in his Jani-King towel,” Stewart Cink cracked.

It was here at Silverado Resort’s North Course that son Reagan subbed as his dad’s caddie at the 2020 edition of the tournament formerly known as the Safeway Open and guided his old man to his first victory in more than nine years. A few tournaments later, at the RSM Classic that November, they made it official as a permanent relationship. At the time, Reagan, an industrial engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, put on hold a technology product management job with Delta Airlines.

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SCHNIEDERJANS, GRIFFIN, STRAFACI CLOSE OUT CANADIAN TOUR SEASON

Luke Schniederjans, J.T. Griffin and Tyler Strafaci were among the top 60 players in the Fortinet Cup standings who qualified to play in the Fortinet Cup Championship, which took place last weekend at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ontario.

Strafaci led the Tech contingent by tying for 13th place at 1-under-par 279 and finished 49th in the Fortinet Cup points standings. Schniederjans tied for 29th place in the event (283, +3) and finished the season 29th in points, while J.T. Griffin tied for 47th place in the tournament, and landed in 45th place in points.

PGA Tour Canada leaderboard

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TRINGALE TIES FOR 12TH IN SECOND LIV SERIES START

Cameron Tringale has tied for 21st (Boston) and 12th in his first two starts on the LIV Golf Series, earning more than $500,000 total. After reaching the second stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs this year on the PGA Tour and earning more than $3 million in the 2022-23 season, Tringale made the move to LIV following the conclusion of the Tour Championship.

In last weekend’s event at Rich Harvest Farms outside of Chicago, Tringale shot 5-under-par 211. The 2022 LIV series has three events left to play, in Bangkok (Oct. 7-9), Jeddah (Oct. 14-16) and Miami (Oct. 27-30).

Chicago recap

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GRIFFIN, STRAFACI ATTEMPT TO ADVANCE IN KORN FERRY Q-SCHOOL

J.T. Griffin and Tyler Strafaci, who spent the 2022 season North of the border playing Canadian tour events, are both attempting this week to climb the arduous ladder of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school by competing in first-stage events.

Strafaci is in the field at Crown Colony Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla., while Griffin is competing at Magnolia Grove-Crossing in Semmes, Ala.

Q-school consists of three stages. Players advancing past the 72-hole first stage, which is conducted at 12 sites around the country in September, compete in another 72-hole competition at one of five sites in October, with the survivors coming together Nov. 4-7 in Savannah, Ga., for the final stage of qualifying.

Recent Tech graduates Will Dickson and Ben Smith both competed in their first stage qualifier last week in Kannapolis, N.C., neither able to advance. Smith tied for 48th place, while Dickson tied for 52nd, with only the top 26 moving on to the next stage.

Korn Ferry Tour qualifying schedule and leaderboards

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OGLETREE OPENS UP ON LIV GOLF EXPERIENCE

Andy Ogletree, the former U.S. Amateur champion who played in the first LIV Golf event in London, says he was at “rock bottom” in his pro career before teeing it up in the curtain raiser of the controversial series.

Ogletree, 24, hopped on the Fire Drill podcast with Alan Shipnuck and Ryan French to discuss life in the professional ranks so far and why he decided to play in the first LIV Golf Tour event despite a barrage of criticism at the time.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur champion said at the point he was approached by LIV he was “super frustrated with golf”. He was not advancing in qualifiers to get into PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events. His woes were exacerbated by injury, too.

He said he was travelling all over the country playing mini tour events “just to make ends meet” and he understood that it was “on him” as he was simply not playing well enough. But it wasn’t what he envisioned when he turned professional.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Sanderson Farms Championship • September 29-October 2, 2022 • Country Club of Jackson • Jackson, Miss. • Purse: $7.9M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament • November 4-7, 2022 • Landings Club-Marshwood Course • Savannah, Ga. • Purse: $480,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Pure Insurance Championship • September 23-25, 2022 • Pebble Beach Golf Links • Monterey Peninsula, Calif. • Purse: $2.2M
  • PGA Tour Canada:  2022 season concluded
  • Asian Tour: International Series Morocco • November 3-6, 2022 • Royal Golf Dar Es Salam • Morocco • Purse: $1.5M
  • LIV Golf Series: LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok • October 7-9, 2022 • Stonehill Golf Club • Purse: $20M
  • G Pro Tour:  Colonial Classic • October 4-6, 2022 • Colonial Country Club • Thomasville, N.C. • Purse: $66,525

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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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