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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSStewart Cink qualifies for U.S. Open, joins Matt Kuchar and Paul Haley II in field … Haley qualifies for U.S. Open and earns top-5 PGA Tour finish in the same week … Cink finishes third in his PGA Tour Champions debut … Andy Ogletree and Cameron Tringale finish in top 10 of LIV Golf DC event … Professional plans for Ross Steelman and Connor Howe set through PGA Tour University ranking … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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CINK JOINS KUCHAR, HALEY II IN U.S. OPEN FIELD

Eleven current and former Georgia Tech golfers competed at six different sites Monday to qualify for the 123rd U.S. Open, but only PGA Tour veteran Stewart Cink same away with one of the coveted spots by tying for third place at the final qualifying event in Columbus, Ohio.

A day after tying for 60th place at The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Cink claimed one of the 11 spots available at Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club. The eight-time PGA Tour winner posted rounds of 68-67 and made it through with a stroke to spare at 9-under-par 135.

The 50-year-old Cink, who made his PGA Tour Champions debut two weeks ago, will play in his 24th U.S. Open. Cink was among 45 players trying to qualify for the U.S. Open, to be played June 15-18 at Los Angeles Country Club. Roughly 45 percent of the 156-man field have to qualify.

“I just love playing in majors,” said Cink, a former British Open champion. “I’m a one-trick pony, and you can’t be a one-trick pony if you can’t do your trick. I’ll keep trying to qualify forever.”

Cink joined Matt Kuchar, who qualified as one of the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and Paul Haley II, who made it through a final qualifier in Dallas, Texas a week ago.

Of the former Yellow Jackets not to qualify, PGA Tour pro and 2017 graduate Vincent Whaley came the closest, missing by one stroke at Springfield, Ohio, where five spots were available. Chesson Hadley (Durham, N.C), Andy Ogletree (Ball Ground, Ga.), Cameron Tringale (Summit, N.J.) and Richy Werenski (Toronto, Ontario) also did not qualify.

Browse U.S. Open final qualifying results

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HALEY QUALIFIES FOR U.S. OPEN, EARNS CAREER-HIGH FINISH ON PGA TOUR

Dallas, Texas, native and sponsor exemption Paul Haley II, who sat T96 after an opening-round 73, followed with rounds of 68-66-67 and posted his career-best result, a tie for fifth place at 6-under-par at the Charles Schwab Challenge. It was his 39th start on the PGA Tour (previous best: T12/2022 Fortinet Championship). Haley recorded seven birdies in the final round, the most by any player

Haley’s performance at the Charles Schwab event came just days after the 2011 ACC Champion successfully qualified via Sectional Qualifying for the 2023 U.S. Open on Monday.

Charles Schwab Challenge leaderboard

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CINK FINISHES 3RD IN CHAMPIONS TOUR DEBUT

Stewart Cink turned 50 on Sunday and made his debut on PGA TOUR Champions at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Fields Ranch East in Frisco, Texas, where he finished third.

It was an easy decision for Cink, an eight-time winner on the PGA TOUR. He wasn’t qualified for this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, some 47 miles away via State Highway 121. So why not see a new course and some old, familiar faces?

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Cink said Tuesday. “The pro-am today was the first time I’ve seen this course and it’s amazing. I’m really impressed. It’s set up well and I think it will be a fun challenge. It’s kind of Erin Hills-ish. I’d say it’s a cross between Southern Hills and Erin Hills. Call it Southern Erin.”

The course is new, so everyone will be getting a first look. What Cink is more familiar with is the competition, albeit a little while since he has seen many of them.

He has kept in touch with the likes of friends Billy Andrade, Joe Durant and David Toms, but they haven’t come across each other on the course in a handful of years.

“Some of these guys have been my buddies forever, so to be able to play practice rounds with them and have lunch and sit around and talk, that’s gonna be awesome,” Cink said. “I just can’t overstate how much joy there is in being able to have a sunset in your career like this one.

“I still like to grind, I still like to play and compete, the daily pursuit of being my best. But this grind is different. It’s more jovial. The PGA TOUR has become such a business.”

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KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship leaderboard

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OGLETREE, TRINGALE BOTH FINISH TOP 10 IN LIV D.C. EVENT

Andy Ogletree and Cameron Tringale each turned in career-high finishes in their LIV Golf tenures when the series played in Washington, D.C., last week. Ogletree tied for sixth place with a 7-under-par score of 209 at Trump National Golf Club, and Tringale tied for ninth place at 6-under-par 210.

Ogletree, a two-time winner in the Asian Tour’s International Series, will next compete in that series in August in the United Kingdom. He picked up a $613K check, while Tringale has earned nearly $3 million in 2023.

LIV Golf leaderboard

 

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DICKSON TIES FOR FIFTH ON GPRO TOUR

Will Dickson finished in solo fifth place last week at the Kannapolis Open at The Club at Irish Creek in North Carolina. Dickson finished at 14-under for the tournament, three shots behind winner Matt Sharpstene.

The former Moses Brown star fired rounds of 65, 66 and 68 in the three-day event. For his efforts, Dickson took home just over $4,000.

Dickson got off to a hot start in round three, birding four of the first six-holes. He made three straight birdies from holes four to six. However, the rest of the round was a rollercoaster. Dickson bogeyed the ninth to turn at three-under par.

On the back side, he bogeyed the 11th hole, birdied the 13th, bogeyed the 16 and birdied the 17th to shoot 68.

It was Dickson’s second straight top-5 finish on the GPro circuit, having tied for second at the Huntsville Open a month earlier.

GPro Leaderboard

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STEELMAN FINISHES 4TH IN FINAL PGA TOUR UNIVERSITY RANKING

Ross Steelman capped his collegiate career with a T2 finish at the 2023 NCAA Championship, where he held the 18-, 36-, and 54-hole leads, and finished No. 4 in the final PGA Tour University rankings. The finish earned him fully exempt Korn Ferry Tour membership for 2023, as well as an exemption to final stage of 2023 PGA Tour Q-School, where the top five finishers and ties earn PGA TOUR cards, and the ability to accept unlimited PGA TOUR sponsor exemptions for the remainder of 2023 and 2024.

Steelman delivered the winning point in both rounds of match play at the 2023 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, helping Georgia Tech win its first conference title since 2019, and the clinching point in the Jackets’ semifinal win over North Carolina at the NCAA Championship.

Steelman played two and a half seasons at his hometown University of Missouri (2019-21) and two seasons at Georgia Tech (2021-23), earning both his collegiate wins and a 2021 All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honor at Missouri, and a 2023 All-ACC honor at Georgia Tech. He qualified for match play at the U.S. Amateur in 2021 and 2022.

Meanwhile, Connor Howe was No. 18 in the final PGA Tour University ranking, which solidified his status on PGA Tour Canada for 2023, for which he had already qualified in April. The All-ACC performer earned fully exempt membership on PGA Tour Canada for 2023, as well as an exemption to second stage of 2023 PGA Tour Q-School, and conditional status through the Latin America Swing of the 2024 PGA Tour Americas season.

Both players earned their bachelor’s degrees from Tech on May 5.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  RBC Canadian Open • June 8-11, 2023 • Oakdale Golf & Country Club • Toronto, Ontario • Purse: $9M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  BMW Charity Pro-Am • June 8-11, 2023 • Thornblade Club • Greer, S.C. • Purse: $1M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  American Family Insurance Championship • June 9-11, 2023 • University Ridge Golf Club • Madison, Wis. • Purse: $2.4M
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Qualifying Tournament USA Canada • June 6-9, 2023 • Crown Isle Resort & Golf Club • Courtenay, British Columbia
  • Asian Tour:  International Series England • August 17-20, 2023 • Colt House • United Kingdom • Purse: $2M
  • LIV Golf Series: Valderrama, Spain • June 30-July 2, 2023 • Real Club Valderrama • Valderrama, Spain • Purse: $25M
  • G Pro Tour:  Colonial Classic • June 13-15, 2023 • 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: 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: 5
YTD Earnings (Champions): $93,000
Career earnings (Champions): $561,639
FedEx Cup points ranking: 114
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
Did not playGPro Points ranking: n/a
YTD Earnings (GPro): $n/a
Career earnings (GPro): $56,010
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
Chubb Classic
withdrew
80-WD
Schwab Cup Points ranking: 49
YTD earnings (Champions): $17,000
Career earnings (Champions): $310,290
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: 110
YTD earnings: $85,667
Career earnings: $11,809,726
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 playKFT points ranking: 119
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $828,193
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 playFortinet 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
Genesis Invitational
missed cut
72-72--144 (+2)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 135
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,758,691
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: 50
YTD earnings (LIV): $182,250
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): n/a
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
YTD earnings (LIV): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $873,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT Points ranking: 92
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: 133
YTD earnings: $4,050
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $630,168
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: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
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: 9
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: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
Career earnings (Canada): $24,570
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 playYTD Earnings (LIV): $397,800
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $6,872,648
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 playKFT points ranking: 21
YTD earnings: $56,680
Career earnings (KFT): $508,233
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,699,075
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: 130
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $45,780
Career earnings (PGAT): $2,691,589
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 119
YTD earnings (KFT): $20,415
Career earnings (KFT): $263,392

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