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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSConnor Howe off to strong start on PGA Tour Canada with a runner-up finish last weekend … Chesson Hadley working his way up the FedEx Cup points list … Ross Steelman gets a sponsor exemption to Detroit Classic this week … Matt Kuchar adds John Deere Classic to his schedule … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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HOWE CONTENDS, POSTS RUNNER-UP FINISH IN CANADA

Connor Howe turned in a solid finish in his PGA Tour Canada debut two weeks ago, and in his second start last weekend contended for a win and tied for second place at the Elk Ridge Saskatchewan Open.

The Ogden, Utah native fired rounds of 65-66-66-66 to finish with a 17-under-par total of 263, four strokes off the pace of former Florida State All-American John Pak. The tie for second coupled with a tie for 33rd in his debut the previous weekend has Howe No. 5 in the Fortinet Cup standings as the tour moves to Alberta this week and has eight events remaining.

Howe, who tied for 29th place individually as Georgia Tech finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship in late May, finished No. 18 on the PGA TOUR University ranking in 2023, earning exemption onto PGA TOUR Canada this season with eight top-10 finishes throughout his final season at Georgia Tech.

“I think you’re seeing it here, on the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour, how good the young players have gotten, how competitive college golf has gotten and how well it’s prepared us to come out here,” Howe told the media at the event. “I don’t think we’re really afraid of anyone, we just want to come out and compete with the best.”

Luke Schniederjans and Tyler Strafaci both missed the cut.

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HADLEY WORKING HIS WAY UP THE LADDER

Last weekend was a rough one for two-time champion Stewart Cink and three others who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, but Chesson Hadley posted three rounds in the mid-60s and turned in a solid finish of T-24 in the low-scoring affair.

Hadley posted a 13-under-par total of 267 and worked his way up the FedEx Cup points list, now No. 143, after a pair of solid starts in the month of June. He’ll tee it up again this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Mich., along with Paul Haley II, Richy Werenski and Vince Whaley, along with recent graduate Ross Steelman, who received a sponsor exemption.

Currently, Matt Kuchar (No. 50) is the only former Yellow Jacket in position to participate on the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin in eight weeks. Kuchar is one of only two Tour players to have participated in all 16 FedEx Cup playoffs. Haley (No. 126), Werenski (No. 133) and Hadley are working to finish inside the top 1256 and retain their Tour cards for 2024.

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CINK WANTS TO KEEP PLAYING TPC RIVER HIGHLANDS

One of the most popular players in the history of the Travelers Championship, Stewart Cink turned 50 a month ago, which makes him eligible for the PGA Champions Tour.

Cink played in his first Champions event the week after his birthday and finished third at the Senior PGA Championship.

“It was fun,” said 28-year Tour pro. “It was a lot of fun.”

While Cink will now be splitting his time between the regular Tour and the senior circuit, that doesn’t mean golf fans at TPC River Highlands have seen the tall Alabaman for the last time.

“There are tournaments I don’t want to stop playing. This is one of them,” said Cink, who missed the cut by one shot Friday. “RBC (Heritage) is another. There are not many I don’t like, but this is one I definitely want to keep playing.”

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PETEFISH, STEELMAN SOLID ON KORN FERRY TOUR

Chris Petefish ended a streak of three missed cuts, while Ross Steelman earned another solid finish in his second stop on the Korn Ferry Tour last weekend.

Petefish started strong with a 66 and finished in a tie for 35th place at the Compliance Solutions Championship with an 11-under-par total of 277, holding his position at No. 91 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list. Steelman tied for 58th at 7-under-par 281.

Steelman’s weekend included his first professional hole-in-one in round 2 on Friday.

Petefish and Ollie Schniederjans will compete in this week’s event, the Memorial Health Championship in Springfield, Ill., while Steelman gets a start on the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic on a sponsor’s exemption.

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KUCHAR ADDS JOHN DEERE CLASSIC TO SCHEDULE

The John Deere Classic added a commitment from one of the PGA Tour’s more popular figures on Saturday.

Tournament officials announced via social media posts that Matt Kuchar has committed to play in the $7.4 million event in two weeks at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.

It will be just the seventh time Kuchar has played in the Quad-Cities. He has made four cuts with his best finish being a T13 in 2005. He finished T66 in his most recent tourney here, that in 2009.

The recently turned 45-year-old sits 50th in the FedExCup standing with 666 points and has cashed just shy of $2.8 million this season. Kuchar, who is 53rd in the Official World Golf Rankings, is looking at securing a spot in the playoffs in the stretch run of the 2022-23 season.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Rocket Mortgage Classic • June 29-July 2, 2023 • Detroit Golf Club • Detroit, Mich. • Purse: $8.8M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Memorial Health Championship • June 29-July 2, 2023 • Panther Creek Golf Club • Springfield, Ill. • Purse: $1M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  U.S. Senior Open Championship • June 29-July 2, 2023 • Sentry World • Stevens Point, Wis. • Purse: n/a
  • PGA Tour Canada:  ATB Classic • June 29-July 2, 2023 • Northern Bear • Strathcona County, Alberta • Purse: $225,000
  • 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:  Greenville Open • August 9-11, 2023 • Brook Valley Country Club • Greenville, 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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