Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report – Men’s Golf — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


THE FLATSMatt Kuchar and Paul Haley II post strong starts to the PGA Tour season at the Fortinet Championship … J.T. Griffin and Tyler Strafaci, who just finished their 2022 seasons in Canada, tee it up in first stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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HALEY II, KUCHAR START 2022-23 PGA TOUR SEASON STRONG

All seven of Georgia Tech’s PGA Tour members were in the field this week as the Tour began its 2022-23 season with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif. Only two Yellow Jackets, Paul Haley II and Matt Kuchar, survived to the weekend but both finished tied for 12th place to begin the season in strong fashion.

Haley, making is first PGA Tour start since the Wyndham Championship in 2013, earned nearly twice the amount for his career-best finish ($140,667) as he did over 18 starts that season on the Tour. On Saturday, he recorded a 6-under 66, his career-low round (round recap here) in his 20th PGA TOUR start. He went a span of 3,315 days (9 years, 28 days) between the end of his last TOUR start (Sunday, August 18, 2013) and round one of the Fortinet Championship.

By contrast, Kuchar played the 510th event of his 23-year PGA Tour career, making the cut in 370 of those, and finishing in the top 25 in 213 of those, and went over the $55 million mark in career earnings. He ranks ninth all-time in official money on the PGA Tour.

Stewart Cink, the 2020 champion at this event, missed the cut along with Anders Albertson, Chesson Hadley, Richy Werenski and Vincent Whaley. The Tour takes this week off to conduct the Presidents Cup in Charlotte, N.C., and resumes next week with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

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FATHER-SON CADDIE DUO OF STEWART AND REAGAN CINK CALL IT A DAY

As Stewart Cink made his way to the practice tee at the Fortinet Championship, he confirmed a change to begin the 2022-23 PGA Tour season – son Reagan is off the bag.

“He threw in his Jani-King towel,” Stewart Cink cracked.

It was here at Silverado Resort’s North Course that son Reagan subbed as his dad’s caddie at the 2020 edition of the tournament formerly known as the Safeway Open and guided his old man to his first victory in more than nine years. A few tournaments later, at the RSM Classic that November, they made it official as a permanent relationship. At the time, Reagan, an industrial engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, put on hold a technology product management job with Delta Airlines.

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SCHNIEDERJANS, GRIFFIN, STRAFACI CLOSE OUT CANADIAN TOUR SEASON

Luke Schniederjans, J.T. Griffin and Tyler Strafaci were among the top 60 players in the Fortinet Cup standings who qualified to play in the Fortinet Cup Championship, which took place last weekend at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ontario.

Strafaci led the Tech contingent by tying for 13th place at 1-under-par 279 and finished 49th in the Fortinet Cup points standings. Schniederjans tied for 29th place in the event (283, +3) and finished the season 29th in points, while J.T. Griffin tied for 47th place in the tournament, and landed in 45th place in points.

PGA Tour Canada leaderboard

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GRIFFIN, STRAFACI ATTEMPT TO ADVANCE IN KORN FERRY Q-SCHOOL

J.T. Griffin and Tyler Strafaci, who spent the 2022 season North of the border playing Canadian tour events, are both attempting this week to climb the arduous ladder of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school by competing in first-stage events.

Strafaci is in the field at Crown Colony Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla., while Griffin is competing at Magnolia Grove-Crossing in Semmes, Ala.

Q-school consists of three stages. Players advancing past the 72-hole first stage, which is conducted at 12 sites around the country in September, compete in another 72-hole competition at one of five sites in October, with the survivors coming together Nov. 4-7 in Savannah, Ga., for the final stage of qualifying.

Recent Tech graduates Will Dickson and Ben Smith both competed in their first stage qualifier last week in Kannapolis, N.C., neither able to advance. Smith tied for 48th place, while Dickson tied for 52nd, with only the top 26 moving on to the next stage.

Korn Ferry Tour qualifying schedule and leaderboards

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OGLETREE OPENS UP ON LIV GOLF EXPERIENCE

Andy Ogletree, the former U.S. Amateur champion who played in the first LIV Golf event in London, says he was at “rock bottom” in his pro career before teeing it up in the curtain raiser of the controversial series.

Ogletree, 24, hopped on the Fire Drill podcast with Alan Shipnuck and Ryan French to discuss life in the professional ranks so far and why he decided to play in the first LIV Golf Tour event despite a barrage of criticism at the time.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur champion said at the point he was approached by LIV he was “super frustrated with golf”. He was not advancing in qualifiers to get into PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events. His woes were exacerbated by injury, too.

He said he was travelling all over the country playing mini tour events “just to make ends meet” and he understood that it was “on him” as he was simply not playing well enough. But it wasn’t what he envisioned when he turned professional.

PLAYER PLAYER LAST WEEK DATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Fortinet Championship
missed cut
71-77–148 (+4)
FedEx Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $0
Career earnings (PGAT): $460,506
Career earnings (KFT): $915,431
ROBERTO CASTRO
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2007
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
Status: retired
Did not play Points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $0
Career earnings: $7,463,260
STEWART CINK
Hometown: Florence, Ala.
Residence: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Fortinet Championship
missed cut
74-71–145 (+1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $42,783,618
JAMES CLARK
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 2019
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-19
Status: developmental tours
Did not play Points ranking (FET): T-157
YTD earnings (FET): $355
DREW CZUCHRY
Hometown: Auburn, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
Status: developmental tours
Did not play Points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
WILL DICKSON
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2021
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Status: Developmental tours
Korn Ferry Tour
1st stage qualifying
T-52 (did not advance)
71-75-67-69–282 (-2)
Points ranking (GPro): 3
YTD Earnings (GPro): $5,050
Career earnings (GPro): $41,521
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
Sanford Invitational
withdrew
70-74-WD
Champions Tour Points ranking: 90
YTD earnings (Champions): $74,336
Career earnings (Champions): $71,826
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
PGA Tour Canada
Fortinet Cup Championship
T-47
76-71-74-70–291 (+11)
Points ranking (Canada): 45
YTD earnings (Canada): $16,879
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
Fortinet Championship
missed cut
71-72–143 (-1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $n/a
Career earnings: $10,220,893
SHUN YAT HAK
Hometown: Hong Kong
Turned pro: 2013
Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
Status: PGA Tour China
Did not play Order of Merit: 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
PGA Tour
Fortinet Championship
T-12
73-67-66-73–279 (-9)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 12
YTD earnings: $140,667
Career earnings: PGAT): $213,672
Career earnings (KFT): $1,078,795
MATT KUCHAR
Hometown:
Lake Mary, Fla.
Residence: Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro: 2000
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Fortinet Championship
T-12
68-68-70-73–279 (-9)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 12
YTD earnings: $140,667
Career earnings (PGAT): $55,059,136
TROY MATTESON
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Turned pro: 2003
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
Status: none
Did not play Points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGA Tour: $9,392,206
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not play Champions Tour points ranking: 109
YTD earnings: $31,440
Career earnings (Champions): $5,144,536
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 play Points ranking (GPro): 165
YTD earnings (GPro): $1,730
ANDY OGLETREE
Hometown: Little Rock, Miss.
Residence: Roswell, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: Asian Tour
Did not play YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $18,112.50
YTD earnings (LIV): $120,000
Points ranking (GPro): T-10
YTD earnings (GPro): $17,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
Did not play Points ranking (KFT): 90
YTD earnings (KFT): $63,843
Career earnings (KFT): $69,045
Points ranking (FET): T-16
YTD earnings (FET): $3,052
Career earnings (PGA Tour Canada): $21,118
MICHAEL PISCIOTTA
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Developmental tours
Did not play Points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
SETH REEVES
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not play FedEx Cup points ranking: 166
YTD earnings: $376,574
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $686,162
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
PGA Tour Canada
Fortinet Cup Championship
T-29
74-72-68-69–283 (+3)
Points ranking (Canada): 29
YTD earnings (Canada): $19,780
Career earnings (Canada): $35,853
OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not play KFT Points ranking: 191
YTD earnings: $3,060
Career earnings (KFT): $530,524
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
Korn Ferry Tour
1st stage qualifying
T-38 (did not advance)
74-66-70-71–281 (-3)
Points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
TYLER STRAFACI
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Residence: Davie, Fla.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: none
PGA Tour Canada
Fortinet Cup Championship
T-13
69-67-69-74–279 (-1)
Points ranking (Canada): 49
YTD earnings (Canada): $12,970
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 play KFT points ranking: 237
YTD earnings: $2,880
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
LIV Golf Chicago
T-12
71-72-68–211 (-5)
YTD earnings (LIV): $503,700
FedEx Cup points ranking: 47
YTD earnings (PGAT): $3,050,519
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
PGA Tour
Fortinet Championship
missed cut
71-73–144 (even)
FedEx Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $0
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,081,292
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Fortinet Championship
missed cut
73-77–150 (+6)
FedEx Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: $0
Career earnings (PGAT): $1,939,680
Career earnings (KFT): $167,469





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