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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATS – Yellow Jackets Stewart Cink, Paul Haley II and Matt Kuchar, tee it up at the U.S. Open this week in Los Angeles … Ross Steelman and Connor Howe make their professional debuts this week on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour Canada … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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TECH HAS THREESOME IN U.S. OPEN IN L.A.

Three former Yellow Jackets head to Los Angeles this week for the 123rd U.S. Open, which will take place Thursday through Sunday at the Los Angeles Country Club. Veterans PGA Tour pros Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar have each played in the U.S. Open 20 times or more in their careers, while Paul Haley II will make the first appearance of his 11-year professional career.

Cink, who turned 50 in May, qualified for the U.S. Open by shooting 68-67 at The Lakes Golf and Country Club and Brookside Golf and Country Club in Columbus, Ohio on June 5. The PGA Tour veteran has enjoyed a renaissance with two victories coming at the age of 47, the latest being his triumph at Harbour Town Golf Links (RBC Heritage) in 2021. It was the Georgia Tech alum’s third triumph on the venerable Hilton Head, S.C., layout. In the fall of 2020, Cink won for the first time in 11 years at the Safeway Open, edging Harry Higgs by two strokes. Both wins came with son, Reagan, on his bag. Cink broke the hearts of many when he defeated sentimental favorite Tom Watson in a three-hole playoff at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry. It was his first major championship. Cink had his own heartbreak in the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club when he missed a short putt on the 72nd hole. He didn’t know it at the time, but it would have earned him a spot in Monday’s 18-hole playoff with Mark Brooks and eventual champion Retief Goosen. Goosen missed a short par putt on No. 18 to win the title in regulation. This will be Cink’s 23rd U.S. Open start. He has represented the United States in four Presidents Cups and five Ryder Cups.

Haley II qualified for his first U.S. Open by shooting 63-69 at Northwood Club and Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, Texas, on May 22. The 35-year-old Haley starred at Georgia Tech, where he won the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference title before turning professional. Both of his professional victories have come on the Korn Ferry Tour: the 2012 Chile Classic and the 2022 Memorial Health Championship.

Kuchar qualified for the U.S. Open through his top 60 standing in the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 22, which was No. 51 last week. Kuchar will make his 20th U.S. Open start after getting inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 22. The 44-year-old owns nine PGA Tour victories, the last coming in the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii. He also won the 2012 Players Championship. Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur at Cog Hill outside of Chicago and then proceeded to earn low-amateur honors in the 1998 Masters and U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, tying for 14th in the latter. His best U.S. Open finish is a tie for sixth in 2010 at Pebble Beach. He also was the runner-up in the 2017 Open Championship and he shared third in the 2012 Masters. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Kuchar represented the USA in the 1999 Walker Cup Match and on the 1998 USA World Amateur Team. He also competed in the 1998 and 1999 Palmer Cups. He’s represented the U.S. in four Ryder Cups and five Presidents Cups. Kuchar’s wife, Sybi, played tennis at Georgia Tech, and their 15-year-old son Cameron is an up-and-coming golfer who advanced out of U.S. Open local qualifying this year.

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FOUR JACKETS PLAY THE WEEKEND AT THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN

Matt Kuchar led a five-player Georgia Tech contingent last weekend at the RBC Canadian Open with a tie for 20th place, posting an 8-under-par total of 20 at Oakdale Country Club in Toronto. The 23-year veteran of pro golf continued to enjoy a solid year and sits No. 50 in the FedEx Cup points standings, highest among the Yellow Jackets, and is No. 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking, earning him a spot in this week’s U.S. Open.

Chesson Hadley fired an opening 5-under-par 67 to share the first-round lead, and finished in a tie for 43rd at 4-under-par 284. Richy Werenski tied for 65th at even-par 288, while Vincent Whaley, recently back from a six-month layoff due to a wrist injury, tied for 72nd at 290 (+2). Only Paul Haley II, who qualified for the U.S. Open this week, missed the cut.

Leaderboard

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STEELMAN MAKING PROFESSIONAL ON KORN FERRY TOUR

Ross Steelman, who finished as the runner-up individually and led Georgia Tech to a runner-up finish as a team, makes his professional debut this week on the Korn Ferry Tour in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open.

Steelman was voted a second-team All-America in the spring and also made the All-ACC team, and finished ranked No. 5 in the final Golfstat national collegiate rankings. He also was No. 4 in the final PGA Tour University ranking, which carried with it full exempt status on the Korn Ferry Tour and a pass to the final stage of PGA Tour qualifying school in November.

The Columbia, Mo., native joins another former Tech player continuing to make a comeback from double-hip surgery, Ollie Schniederjans, who returned to competition for the Korn Ferry Tour’s Club Car Championship in Savannah back in March but has not played since. He is in the field on a medical exemption.

Full field

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HOWE MAKING PROFESSIONAL DEBUT IN CANADA

Four Yellow Jackets have traveled north of the border to begin the 2023 season of PGA Tour Canada this week, including Connor Howe, who graduated in May and is making his professional debut this week at the Royal Beach Canadian Open in Victoria, British Columbia.

Howe earned All-ACC and honorable mention All-America honors last spring in helping Georgia Tech win the ACC Championship and runner-up at the NCAA Championship. He earned full status on PGA Tour Canada after tying for eighth at a U.S.-based qualifier in Alabama in April, then finished No. 18 in the final PGA Tour University Rankings. He also has an exemption to the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school in November.

He joins J.T. Griffin, Luke Schniederjans and Tyler Strafaci in the field at British Columbia. All three finished in the top 60 of the Fortinet Cup rankings last year and return with full status.

Full field

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  U.S. Open • June 15-18, 2023 • Los Angeles Country Club • Los Angeles, Calif. • Purse: $9M • FedEx Cup points: 550
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open • June 15-18, 2023 • Crestview Country Club • Wichita, Kan. • Purse: $1M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Dick’s Sporting Good Open • June 23-25, 2023 • En-Joie Golf Club • Endicott, N.Y. • Purse: $2.1M
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Royal Beach Victoria Open • June 15-18, 2023 • Uplands Golf Club • Victoria, 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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