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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSMatt Kuchar and Stewart Cink play the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship … Cink recruits his wife, Lisa, to caddie for him … Tyler Strafaci and Ben Smith pick up GPro Tour paychecks … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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KUCHAR, CINK PLAY THE WEEKEND AT WELLS FARGO

Matt Kuchar and Stewart Cink, Georgia Tech’s most veteran players on the PGA Tour, both put themselves in contention after 36 holes and played solidly at last weekend’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Kuchar shot 67-68 in the middle rounds and posted a tie for 23rd place with a 5-under-par total of 279, maintaining his position at No. 45 on the FedEx Cup points list, the highest standing of any Tech alumnus on tour. Cink, with his wife Lisa on the bag, opened with rounds of 71-66 to reside in the top 15 after Friday, but fell back with 78-74 over the weekend and finished 67th at 289 (+5).

Chesson Hadley, playing in his home state, Richy Werenski and Paul Haley II did not make the cut for the weekend.

All five will be back in action for this weekend’s AT&T Byron Nelson, and will be joined by Vincent Whaley, playing in his hometown of McKinney, Texas. Whaley has not played since the Shriner’s Hospital Open last October while recovering from a wrist injury.

Wells Fargo leaderboard

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STEWART CINK’S WIFE LISA CADDIES FOR HIM AT QUAIL HOLLOW

Stewart Cink, who shot a five-birdie, no-bogey 66 Friday to reach 5 under par at the Wells Fargo Championship – three behind early second-round leaders Tyrrell Hatton, Nate Lashley and Wyndham Clark – has an unusual arrangement with his caddie.

If he makes a particularly great shot, his caddie, who happens to be his wife, Lisa, will give him a kiss. And even if he makes a pretty darn good shot, then … well, erm, we’ll let him explain.

Stewart: “She’ll make a deal with me if I get a super-long putt inside three feet, she says I get a peck on the cheek. And if I make a long one it’s grabbing my butt cheek.” (Laughs)

Lisa: “You really just told him that.”

Stewart: “Either way the cheeks get action.”

Lisa: “I can’t believe you just told him that. That’s lovely. We have no secrets.”

Stewart: “That’ll be my goal this weekend, is to get one very public …”

Lisa: “Oh, good.”

Welcome to the latest edition of Stewart Cink and the Family Caddie Corps. For the last two seasons Cink walked the fairways with his youngest son, Reagan, with whom he captured the Safeway Open (now Fortinet Championship) in 2020 and RBC Heritage in ’21.

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STRAFACI, SMITH MAKE CUT IN GPRO CHALLENGE EVENT

Tyler Strafaci and Ben Smith both picked up paychecks last week at the Challenge at Belle Meade on the GPro Tour. Strafaci, the 2019 U.S. Amateur champion, tied for 16th place while Smith, who graduated in 2021, finished 19th.

GPro leaderboard

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BETWEEN ASIAN TOUR AND LIV, OGLETREE GETTING REGULAR PLAY

The International Series is now the way for Andy Ogletree in terms of reaching the next level of their careers.

Ogletree, the 2019 U.S. Amateur champion, won in Egypt late last season, then claimed his second International Series win in Qatar in February. The latest win moved him to the top of the Order of Merit standings.

“The International Series is great,” said Ogletree said. “It gives me somewhere to play and somewhere to build my schedule, somewhere to have events to look forward to. It’s been very beneficial in my career.”

Even if it wasn’t exactly the career path he expected after winning the U.S. Amateur. Having grown up in Mississippi, Ogletree expected to cut his teeth on American-based circuits. But he could never gain status, and when he decided to play the inaugural LIV Golf London event last season, it gave him an opportunity to change directions and try something different.

“I didn’t realize how good the competition was in Asia,” Ogletree said. “Growing up, I didn’t get to see the Asian Tour much on TV in America. But now that I’ve been over here, played with a lot of the players and see the guys that have played the Asian Tour for 15, 20 years – all of them are really good play. Surrounding myself with those guys has definitely made me better.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  AT&T Byron Nelson • May 11-14, 2023 • TPC Craig Ranch • McKinney, Texas • Purse: $9.5M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  AdventHealth Championship • May 18-21, 2023 • Blue Hills Country Club • Kansas City, Mo. • Purse: $1M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Regions Tradition • May 11-14, 2023 • Greystone Golf & Country Club • Birmingham, Ala. • Purse: $2.5M
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Qualifying Tournament USA Canada • June 6-9, 2023 • Crown Isle Resort & Golf Club • Courtenay, British Columbia
  • Asian Tour:  Kolon Korea Open • May 22-25, 2023 • Woo Jeong Hills Country Club • Korea • Purse: $n/a
  • LIV Golf Series: Tulsa • May 12-14, 2023 • Cedar Ridge Country Club • Broken Arrow, Okla. • Purse: $25M
  • G Pro Tour:  Empact Championship • May 25-27, 2023 • Albemarle Plantation • Hertford, N.C. • Purse: $109,225

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PLAYERPLAYERLAST WEEKDATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Rocket Mortgage Classic
missed cut
73-70--143 (+1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 231
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
PGA Tour
Genesis Scottish Open
T-62
66-67-70-73--276 (-4)
Schwab Cup points ranking: 24
YTD Earnings (Champions): $144,315
Career earnings (Champions): $787,185
FedEx Cup points ranking: 169
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $251,719
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $43,778,583
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
PGA Tour Champions
Kaulig Companies Championship
T-44
75-69-73-69--286 (+6)
Schwab Cup Points ranking: 47
YTD earnings (Champions): $251,181
Career earnings (Champions): $545,141
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
PGA Tour
ISCO Championship
missed cut
71-66--137 (-7)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 132
YTD earnings: $515,103
Career earnings: $12,239,163
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: 223
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 205
YTD earnings (KFT): $9,160
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,090,275
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Korn Ferry Tour
The Ascendant
missed cut
68-74--142 (-2)
KFT points ranking: 159
YTD earnings (KFT): $27,131
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
PGA Tour
Rocket Mortgage Classic
T-25
70-68-71-69--278 (-10)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 140
YTD earnings: $550,656
Career earnings (PGAT): $59,309,347
CHRISTO LAMPRECHT
Hometown: George, South Africa
Turned pro: 2024
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-24
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
The Ascendant
T-5
70-64-72-66--272 (-16)
KFT points ranking: 128
YTD earnings: $32,300
Career earnings (KFT): $32,300
ANDY MAO
Hometown: Johns Creek, Ga.
Turned pro: 2024
Years at Georgia Tech: 2020-24
Status: developmental tours
Did not playGPro 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
LIV Golf Series
Andalucia
T-42
78-70-75--223 (+10)
LIV standings: 28
YTD earnings (LIV): $1,864,417
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
Career earnings (LIV): $2,829,500
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
The Ascendant
missed cut
73-76--149 (+5)
KFT Points ranking: 154
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
The Ascendant
missed cut
72-70--142 (-2)
KFT points ranking: 32
YTD earnings (KFT): $154,619
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $780,736
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
The Ascendant
missed cut
75-73--148 (+4)
KFT Points ranking: 104
YTD earnings: $52,500
Career earnings (KFT): $618,210
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: $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
The Ascendant
missed cut
72-77--149 (+5)
KFT points ranking: 39
YTD earnings (KFT): $119,511
Career earnings (KFT): $143,362
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
LIV Golf Series
Andalucia
T-27
76-70-73--219 (+6)
LIV standings: 32
YTD Earnings (LIV): $2,048,025
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $9,043,173
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
The Ascendant
T-13
63-73-73-65--274 (-14)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 192
KFT points ranking: 50
YTD earnings (KFT): $65,960
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $560,426
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
PGA Tour
ISCO Championship
missed cut
73-68--141 (-3)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 166
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $282,284
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,928,093
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 81
YTD earnings (KFT): $206,369
Career earnings (KFT): $350,642

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