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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSRoss Steelman and Connor Howe enjoy successful professional debuts on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour Canada, respectively … Stewart Cink, Paul Haley II and Matt Kuchar compete in U.S. Open, none make the cut … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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STEELMAN HAS SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONAL DEBUT 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 last weekend on the Korn Ferry Tour in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open. Steelman shot an opening-round 65 and posted four rounds in the 60s for the weekend, tying for 43rd place at 11-under-par 269, which was eight shots out of the lead.

The Columbia, Mo., native 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.

All-American Ollie Schniederjans, who returned to competition for the Korn Ferry Tour’s Club Car Championship in Savannah back in March, played his first event since then but was not able to make the cut despite carding a pair of 68s.

Steelman continued his rookie year this week at the Compliance Solutions Championship in Norman, Okla., as Chris Petefish returns to action in the event.

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HOWE SOLID IN PROFESSIONAL DEBUT IN CANADA

Five 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 made his professional debut this week at the Royal Beach Canadian Open in Victoria, British Columbia.

Howe had a solid debut, tying for 33rd place at 4-under-par 276, posting three rounds in the 60s, while J.T. Griffin paced the Jackets with a tie for 25th at 6-under-par 274. Tyler Strafaci tied for 45th, while Luke Schniederjans tied for 52nd. Shun Yat Hak, a member of Tech’s 2013 team that advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, missed the cut.

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.

The tour moves to Saskatchewan this week with Howe, Schniederjans and Strafaci competing.

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Jackets at the U.S. Open

Jackets at the U.S. Open

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

Three former Yellow Jackets competed last weekend in the 123rd U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club, none able to make the cut to weekend play. Veterans PGA Tour pros Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar have each played in the U.S. Open 20 times or more in their careers, carding a 5-over-par 155 and 6-over-par 146, respectively, while Paul Haley II made the first appearance of his 11-year professional career and posted a 9-over-par total of 149.

It was Kuchar’s third straight missed cut in the U.S. Open dating back to 2019 when he tied for 16th place at Pebble Beach, Calif. Cink last made the cut in 2021 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

All three Jackets will make their way to Connecticut for this week’s Travelers Championship along with Chesson Hadley and Richy Werenski. Hadley finished fifth at the Travelers last weekend, firing a final-round 64. Cink won captured his first PGA Tour victory in this event in 1997, then added a second win there in 2008.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour:  Travelers Championship • June 22-25, 2023 • TPC River Highlands • Cromwell, Conn. • Purse: $20M • FedEx Cup points: 500

Korn Ferry Tour:  Compliance Solutions Championship • June 22-25, 2023 • Jimmie Austin OU Club • Norman, Okla. • 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:  Elk Ridge Saskatchewan Open • June 22-25, 2023 • Elk Ridge Resort • Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan

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:  Mimosa Open • June 20-22, 2023 • Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club • Morganton, N.C. • Purse: $66,525

#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: 5
YTD Earnings (Champions): $93,000
Career earnings (Champions): $561,639
FedEx Cup points ranking: 132
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
Did not playSchwab 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
PGA Tour
Mexico Open at Vidanta
69-67-69-70--275 (-9)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 99
YTD earnings: $147,362
Career earnings: $11,871,421
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
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 146
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
PGA Tour
Mexico Open at Vidanta
missed cut
71-72--143 (+1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 144
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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