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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

Chesson Hadley enters The Players with five straight top-20 finishes.

THE FLATS – Former champion Matt Kuchar and a surging Chesson Hadley headlines a group of five former Yellow Jackets competing at The Players Championship this week … Hadley posts a 66 Saturday at Quail Hollow and ties for 16th at the Wells Fargo Championship … Two current Jackets advance to sectional qualifying for U.S. Open … this and more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report.

Five former Yellow Jackets are in the field this week for The Players at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the highest profile and most lucrative of the PGA Tour’s regular-season events, with 2012 champion Matt Kuchar and a surging Chesson Hadley leading a group that includes Stewart Cink, Ollie Schniederjans and Richy Werenski. Schniederjans and Werenski are playing the event for the first time.

Kuchar, who won the 2012 Players for one of his seven PGA Tour victories, has three top-10 finishes this year on Tour but ranks just 63rd in FedEx Cup points after sitting out last week’s Wells Fargo Championship. Hadley, Tech’s top finisher at the Wells Fargo last week (T-16) is one of the favorites this week because he has finished in the top 20 five straights weeks and ranks high on the Tour in stats relevant to good performance at TPC Sawgrass – 35th in greens in regulation and tied for 11th in proximity.

Schniederjans (T-34 at Wells Fargo) enters this week ranked 60th in FedEx Cup points after tying for 34th at the Wells Fargo, while Cink (T-72) stands at 120th, and Werenski (missed cut) is 145th.

Opening round tee times Thursday for The Players:
7:21 a.m. (10th hole) – Richy Werenski, Scott Stallings, Kevin Na
8:05 a.m. (1st hole) – Stewart Cink, Jonas Blixt, Chris Kirk
12:46 p.m. (1st hole) – Ollie Schniederjans, Jamie Lovemark, Kevin Tway
12:46 p.m. (10th hole) – Chesson Hadley, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bill Haas
1:19 p.m. (1st hole) – Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker

Meanwhile, Hadley was featured in last week’s “Inside the PGA Tour” program. Here are his three segments from the show.

Chesson Hadley feels that having the support of a loving family is important, that’s why he has them travel with him.

Chesson Hadley burst onto the scene in 2014, earning Rookie of the Year honors, but continued success has proven difficult to maintain.

When not lounging in his man cave or hanging with family, Chesson Hadley focuses on other endeavors.

Web.com Tour: After an open week, the Web.com Tour lands in Knoxville, Tenn., for the Knoxville Open, where Roberto Castro looks to continue a hot streak which has seen him finish second, T-7 and T-5 in his last three starts. He ranks 14th in earnings on the Tour this season.

Castro, who helped organize an Georgia Tech golf alumni gathering last week at the Yellow Jackets’ Noonan Golf Facility, is featured in a style story on PGATour.com.

U.S. Open: Local qualifying tournaments for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship have begun, and current Tech sophomores Andy Ogletree and Tyler Strafaci have advanced to sectional qualifying in the last week. Ogletree was co-medalist at Marietta (Ga.) Country Club with a 67, grabbing one of eight available spots out of a field of 132 players, while Strafaci tied for second (67), securing one of four spots available in a field of 72 at Lago Mar Country Club in Plantation, Fla. Freshman Noah Norton came up one stroke short of a playoff for the final spot at Lago Mar after posting a 69. Tyler Joiner and Michael Pisciotta, current Jackets graduating this spring, will attempt local qualifying along with former Tech players Bo Andrews, Drew Czuchry and J.T. Griffin on May 14 at Georgia National Golf Club in McDonough, Ga. Local qualifying tournaments are 18 holes of individual stroke play.

The 2018 U.S. Open will be contested June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Matt Kuchar is the only former Tech player currently exempt into the field.

Elsewhere: Chris Petefish, a current Georgia Tech senior who remains an amateur through the NCAA Championship, and Bo Andrews traveled to British Columbia last week in an attempt to qualify for the MacKenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada). Petefish was able to secure some conditional status by tying for 21st place, firing a closing 68 with three birdies in his last four holes in the final round on Friday. He then boarded a red-eye flight to return to Atlanta and participate in spring commencement exercises on Saturday along with fellow seniors Jacob and Tyler Joiner and Pisciotta.

Former Jackets Paul Haley (T9) and Vincent Whaley (T19) had solid weekends at the Business First Bank Classic in Mandeville, La., on the Adams Pro Tour, which features prize money of $20,000 or more for the winners each week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: The Players Championship • May 10-13, 2018 • TPC Sawgrass • Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. • Purse: $11,000,000 • FedExCup Points: 600
Web.com Tour: Knoxville Open • May 10-13, 2018 • Fox Den Country Club • Knoxville, Tenn. • Purse: $550,000
PGA Tour Champions: Regions Tradition • May 17-20, 2018 • Greystone Golf and Country Club • Birmingham, Ala. • Purse: $2,400,000
Mackenzie Tour:Freedom 55 Financial Open • May 31-June 3, 2018 • Point Grey Golf and Country Club • Vancouver, British Columbia • Purse: $200,000
Adams Pro Tour:Business First Bank Classic • May 2-5, 2018 • Beau Chene Country Club • Mandeville, La. • Purse: $132,000

 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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