Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

The beard disappeared by the end of the season, but Cameron Tringale regained his PGA Tour card with a strong finishing performance in the Web.com Tour Championship.
Oct. 3, 2017

THE FLATS - The Web.com Tour Finals turned out to be fruitful for both Chesson Hadley and Cameron Tringale, and both Georgia Tech alumni will be back on the PGA Tour when the 2017-18 schedule commences this week with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

For Hadley, who had locked up his PGA Tour card by finishing ninth in Web.com Tour earned during the regular season, kept up the pace in the finals, winning one event and earning enough money to finish No. 1 in combined earnings for the regular season and finals ($562,475). That allows him a full exemption on the PGA Tour, and he enters the new season riding some momentum.

The 2010 Tech graduate and three-time All-American won twice this year, including the LECOM Health Challenge in early July to assure himself of PGA Tour status. He was able to enter four PGA Tour events after that, making the cut in two, before returning to the Web.com Finals, where he finished 10th at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Challenge, won the Alberton’s Boise Open and lost a playoff for the DAP Championship. He earned $290,000 in the Web.com Finals, more than he won during the regular season.


 

 

Tringale, meanwhile, finished 133rd in FedEx Cup points on the PGA Tour this season, forcing him to try and regain his status in the Web.com Finals. He tied for 50th and 25th in the first two events, then missed the cut at the DAP Championship, yet his fifth-place finish at the Web.com Tour Championship was enough to lift him to 18th in Finals money.

Three other former Jackets were not as fortunate. At No. 172 on the FedEx Cup list, Castro also had to go the Web.com Finals route and came up just short. Despite missing the DAP Championship last weekend to attend his Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame induction, Castro looked like he had enough to get into the top 25 with opening rounds of 65-64 at the Web.com Tour Championship. But the four-time All-American shot 69-70 on the weekend and slipped to 30th on the money list.

Anders Albertson also made a strong run over the weekend, tying Castro for eighth place at the Web.com Tour Championship with rounds of 68-66-67-67, but finished 34th in money. Nicholas Thompson (63rd in the Finals, 32nd in the regular season) and Seth Reeves, a rookie on the tour in 2017, also fell short and remain with Web.com Tour status.

The PGA Tour begins the eight-event fall portion of its 2017-18 schedule this weekend with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. Ollie Schniederjans and Richy Werenski are set to make their 2017-18 debuts there, and Tringale, a California native, is an alternate.

Presidents Cup: The United States rolled to a 19-11 victory over the Internationals last weekend at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. Matt Kuchar participated in three matches, teaming with Dustin Johnson for victories in foursomes on Thursday and Saturday. He lost his singles match, 1-up, to Charl Schwartzel Sunday, leading him with a 6-8-2 all-time record in Presidents Cup competition.

Elsewhere: Bryce Molder, a veteran of eight full seasons on the PGA Tour and parts of four others, announced his retirement Thursday night upon his induction into the Arkansas State Golf Hall of Fame. Molder, a four-time All-American and still Georgia Tech’s record holder for career scoring average, earned more than $11 million on Tour and won the 2011 Frys.com Open.

Molder did not qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs this season, finishing 190th in the standings, and elected not to enter the Web.com Finals.

“I had put every bit of myself, physically, mentally and emotionally into this game but I wasn’t getting the results,” he told his hometown paper, the Log Cabin Democrat. “I began to look at the journey. How long could I continue to be a world-class golfer? I felt I had peaked as far as what I could do on a world stage, that there was more a downside than an upside. It was just time to go a different direction.”

Georgia Tech finished the 2016-17 PGA Tour season No. 7 in cumulative earnings among its alumni at $10,082,996, continuing a strong run of excellent performance at golf’s highest level. Tech finished No. 2 on the Web.com Tour in collective earnings in 2017 at $986,712, boosted primarily by Hadley’s excellent season.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: Safeway Open • October 5-8, 2017 • Silverado Resort and Spa North • Napa, Calif. • Purse: $6,200,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic • January 13-16, 2018 • Sandals Emerald Bay • Great Exuma, Bahamas • Purse: $600,000
PGA Tour Champions: SAS Championship • October 13-15, 2017 • Prestonwood Country Club • Cary, N.C. • Purse: $2,000,000
Mackenzie Tour: season over

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$162,510
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Finals
  Last Week
T-8
68-66-67-67—268 (-16)
 Money rank
T76 (34th in finals)
Earnings
$79,564
 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
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$6,593,585
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: Web.com Finals
 Last Week
T-8
65-64-69-70—268 (-16)
 FedEx Cup Rank
172 on PGA Tour (30th in finals)
Earnings
$367,362
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$35,415,305
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
53
Earnings
$1,463,922
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: Mini-Tours
  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: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$4,234,200 (combined)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: Web.com Finals
 Last Week
T--46
66-71-68-72—277 (-7)
 Money Rank
1 (earned PGA Tour card)
Earnings
$562,475 ($82,208 on PGA Tour)
 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
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$41,987,880
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
Presidents Cup
went 2--1
 FedEx Cup Rank
14
Earnings
$4,282,489
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$10,072,266
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: no status
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx/Money Rank
237 (PGA Tour)
Earnings
$12,376
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$12,478,671
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Schwab Cup Rank
55
Earnings
$294,201
 BRYCE MOLDER
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2001
 Career earnings: 
$11,129,782
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1998-2001
 High School: Conway (Ark.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
190
Earnings
$216,892
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$82,953
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
missed cut
71-72—143 (+1)
 Money rank
60 (67 in finals)
Earnings
$82,953
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$2,164,361
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
60
Earnings
$1,935,669
 KYLE SCOTT
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$25,946
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Edenglen
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,512,246 (combined)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour Finals
 Last Week
T-36
69-66-70-69—274 (-10)
 Money Rank
32 (72 in finals)
Earnings
$131,848
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,691,139
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: Web.com Tour Finals
 Last Week
T-5
65-66-65-71—267 (-17)
 FedEx Cup Rank
133 (49 in finals)
Earnings
$792,814
 MINGHAO WANG
 Xian, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-13
 High School: Celebration Academy
 Status: PGA Tour China
 Last week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$897,087
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
106
Earnings
$890,262
 JAMES WHITE
 Acworth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2012
 Career earnings: 
$14,442
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-12
 High School: Harrison
 Status: MacKenzie Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
45
Earnings
$13,296