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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

Vincent Whaley, shown here at Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck Cup fundraiser, came within two shots of his first pro victory last weekend.

 

THE FLATS – Anders Albertson and Roberto Castro post strong weekends at Web.com Tour in South Carolina … Vincent Whaley challenges for first professional victory in Adams Pro Tour event … This and more in this week’s edition of the Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

There were a lot of birdies available last weekend in Greer, S.C., where Anders Albertson and Roberto Castro both shot 18-under-par 266 at the Thornblade Club. But they finished only in a tie for 14th place and were nine shots off the blistering pace set by Michael Arnaud, who posted a 27-under-par total of 257 to win by five shots.

Albertson has now put together finishes of T-8 and T-14 in back-to-back weeks (collective 28-under-par over eight rounds) to jump from 60th to 38th in earnings. Castro broke a streak of four consecutive top-10 finishes but continues to solidify his standing in earnings, now ninth, with a five-week run that includes finishes of second, T-7, T-5, T-8 and T-14. The top 25 in earnings at the end of the regular-season will earn PGA Tour cards for 2018-19.

The Yellow Jacket contingent on the PGA Tour will try to rebound from a lost weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas, Texas, where all five Tech alums in the field, including a couple of semi-retired Jackets in David Duval and Troy Matteson, missed the cut. Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Ollie Schniederjans and Richy Werenski all move across town for the Fort Worth Invitational at venerable Colonial Country Club. Kuchar will become one of only five Tour members to play in all five Texas stops this year.

On a weekend where there was not much to brag about, Matt Kuchar still offered some highlights, like this putt from downtown during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

U.S. Open: Chesson Hadley, who moved up two spots to No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of this week, was one of 23 players made exempt Monday into the 118th U.S. Open, which will be played June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island, N.Y. Hadley, who will play in his first U.S. Open, won the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in 2014 and posted two of his four Web.com Tour victories last year. He joins No. 22 Matt Kuchar, who also is exempt by advancing to the 2017 Tour Championship, in the field.

Sectional qualifying in the United States, at 36 holes, will take place at 10 sites on Monday, June 4. The sites are: Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), Daly City, Calif.; The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.; Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South Courses), Summit, N.J.; Brookside Golf & Country Club & Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) Country Club; Portland (Ore.) Golf Club; Ridgeway Country Club & Colonial Country Club (South Course), Memphis, Tenn.; and Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Richmond, Texas.

Elsewhere: Recent Tech graduate Vincent Whaley nearly pulled off his first professional victory last weekend at the Adams Pro Tour stop in Muskogee, Okla., coming up short by two strokes to finish second and pick up $10,400. Whaley fired rounds of 65-67-62-69 for a 17-under total of 263 at the Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos Real Okie Champ, but lost a final-round battle with Daniel Miernicki. Whaley moved up to eighth in earnings on that tour with $17,256.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: Fort Worth Invitational • May 24-27, 2018 • Colonial Country Club • Fort Worth, Texas • Purse: $7,100,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open • May 24-27, 2018 • Nashville Golf and Athletic Club • Nashville, Tenn. • Purse: $550,000
PGA Tour Champions: Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Championship • May 24-27, 2018 • Golf Club at Harbor Shores • Benton Harbor, Miss. • Purse: $3,000,000
Mackenzie Tour:Freedom 55 Financial Open • May 31-June 3, 2018 • Point Grey Golf and Country Club • Vancouver, British Columbia • Purse: $200,000
PGA Tour China:Guilin Championship • June 7-10, 2018 • Guilin Landscape Golf Club • Kinming, China • Purse: ???
Adams Pro Tour:Cooper Communities NWA Charity Classic • June 6-9, 2018 • Bella Vista Village • Bella Vista, Ark. • Purse: $145,000

 PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
Anders Albertson
Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Career earnings: $232,854
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Etowah
Status: Web.com Tour
Last Week
T-8
71-66-68-69—274 (-10)
Money rank
49
Earnings
$42,344
Bo Andrews
Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro: 2014
Career earnings: n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Fike
Status: no status
Last Week
n/a
n/a
Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
Roberto Castro
Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2007
Career earnings: $7,232,187 (PGA + Web)
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
High School: Milton
Status: Web.com Tour
Last Week
T-8
68-68-70-68—274 (-10)
FedEx Cup Rank
11
Earnings
$122,812
STEWART CINK
Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Career earnings: $35,850,784
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
missed cut
75-72—147 (+5)
FedEx Cup Rank
122
Earnings
$443,479
Drew Czuchry
Auburn, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Career earnings: n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: home schooled
Status: MacKenzie Tour qualifying
Last Week
did not play
n/a
Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
DAVID DUVAL
Denver, Colo.
Turned pro: 1993
Career earnings: $19,196,243
Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
High School: Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal
Status: no status
Last Week
did not play
n/a
FedEx Cup Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
J.T. Griffin
Wilson, N.C.
Turned pro: 2011
Career earnings: $52,151
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Fike
Status: Web.com (conditional)
Last Week
missed cut
72-75—147 (+5)
Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
Chesson Hadley
Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro: 2010
Career earnings: $5,827,972
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
T-11
66-69-75-67—277 (-11)
Money Rank
17
Earnings
$2,402,927
Shun Yat Hak
Hong Kong, China
Turned pro: 2013
Career earnings: ¥251,305
Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
High School: Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep
Status: PGA Tour China
Last Week
T-51
74-74-77—225 (+9)
Money rank
13
Earnings
¥119,925
Paul Haley
Dallas, Texas
Turned pro: 2011
Career earnings: $348,201
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Highland Park
Status: Adams Pro Tour
Last Week
n/a
n/a
Money Rank
67
Earnings
$2,995
MATT KUCHAR
Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro: 2000
Career earnings: $43,137,791
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
T-17
66-71-71-70—278 (-10)
FedEx Cup Rank
61
Earnings
$1,149,911
Troy Matteson
Austin, Texas
Turned pro: 2003
Career earnings: $10,111,266 (PGA+Web)
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
High School: L.C. Anderson
Status: no status
Last Week
did not play
n/a
FedEx/Money Rank
206
Earnings
$39,000
LARRY MIZE
Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Career earnings: $12,546,389 (PGA + Champions)
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
High School: unknown
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Last Week
did not play
n/a
Schwab Cup Rank
72
Earnings
$49,068
Seth Reeves
Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 2014
Career earnings: $116,649
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Peachtree Ridge
Status: Web.com Tour
Last week
T-32
68-71-68-72—279 (-5)
Money rank
71
Earnings
$25,664
Ollie Schniederjans
Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Career earnings: $3,152,784
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Harrison
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
MDF
68-71-79—218 (+2)
FedEx Cup rank
65
Earnings
$1,009,213
Nicholas Thompson
Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro: 2005
Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): $6,537,666 (PGA + Web)
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
High School: Stoneman Douglas
Status: Web.com Tour
Last Week
did not play
n/a
FedEx Cup rank
65
Earnings
$1,009,213
Cameron Tringale
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro: 2009
Career earnings: $9,856,598
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
High School: Mission Viejo
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
did not play
n/a
FedEx Cup Rank
176
Earnings
$165,459
Richy Werenski
South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro: 2014
Career earnings: $1,286,146
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Status: PGA Tour
Last Week
T-23
70-71-68-70—279 (-9)
FedEx Cup rank
131
Earnings
$389,059
Vincent Whaley
Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Career earnings: n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
High School: McKinney Boyd
Status: Adams Pro Tour
Last Week
T-19
71-70-70-67—278 (-10)
Money Rank
30
Earnings
$6,857

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