ALUMNI UPDATE – BRITISH OPEN AND VIKING CLASSIC RECAP

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By Ryan Woodcock

There was a lot of golf action this past weekend that included two stops on the PGA TOUR, plus the Chiquita Classic on the Nationwide Tour, so let’s see how some of our former players fared.

Starting off across the pond in Sandwich, England, four former GPT players survived the wind and rain at Royal St. Georges to make the cut and play over the weekend.  Gary Woodland was the highest finisher among our former players, finishing T30 at 9-over par in his first ever British Open appearance.  He shot 75-68-74-72 over the four days.

Bubba Watson also finished T30 at 9-under to make his first British Open cut in three starts.  He opened nicely with a 1-under 69, then finished up 72-74-74 over the last three days.

Jeff Overton opened with a solid 2-under 68, but struggled on day three with a 78 that resulted in his T38 finish at 10-par.  Overton had finished T11 and T13 in his past two British Opens.

Finally, Spencer Levin rebounded from a third-round 81 with a 69 in the final round to finish T44 at 11-over par in his first British Open appearance.

For complete results from the British Open Championship, CLICK HERE.

VIKING CLASSIC
While a number of guys were playing across the pond, those who weren’t were battling it out at the Viking Classic in Madison, Miss.  George McNeill was tied for the lead with Chris Kirk with just two holes to play, but he couldn’t close it out, as he saw Kirk make a clutch birdie on 17 that proved to be enough to clinch the win.

McNeill settled for second place, finishing at 21-under par for his third Top-10 of the year and fifth runner-up finish throughout his career.  He had a great week, shooting 67-65-67-68 over the four days, which included just one bogey and one double bogey over the 72 holes.

For the week, 19 former GPT players finished in the money, with four finishing among the Top-10, and nine finishing in the Top-20.  Jim Renner used his blazing third-round 62 to finish T4 at 20-under par; defending champ Tommy Gainey also had four rounds in the 60s (67-67-67-68) to finish T7 at 19-under par, while Blake Adams rebounded from an opening round 72 with a 62 of his own which carried him to his T9 finish at 18-under par.  It was the best career PGA TOUR finish for the rookie Renner, while Gainey earned his fifth Top-10 of the year.

Other notable performances at the Viking include Michael Connell and Bill Lunde, who finished T13 at 17-under; Chez Reavie T16 at 16-under par; and Steven Bowditch and Fabian Gomez, who finished T18 at 15-under par.

The  PGA TOUR money list has stayed relatively the same over the last few weeks.  Bubba Watson, the highest-ranked former GPT player on the list, dropped one spot to sixth just over $3 million in earnings, while Gary Woodland (13th), Brandt Snedeker (14th) and Martin Laird (16th) remain in the Top-20.  Steve Marino currently sits in 23rd position on the money list, followed by Spencer Levin (26th), Brendan Steele (40th), Tommy Gainey (41st), J.B. Holmes (42nd), Robert Garrigus (43rd) and Charley Hoffman (50th).

For complete results from the Viking Classic, CLICK HERE.

NATIONWIDE TOUR – CHIQUITA CLASSIC
This week a former GPT player did not get a win at the Chiquita Classic, however, a number of our former players were in contention and finished strong down the stretch.  For the week, 29 former players made the cut, which included three players finishing in the Top-5, six finishing in the Top-10, and 12 finishing in the Top-20.

The best this weekend was the trio of B.J. Staten, Josh Broadaway and Chris Nallen, who all finished T5 at 19-under par.  Nallen had the best Sunday performance of the group, shooting a 9-under 63 to vault into the Top-5.

Roberto Castro and Aaron Goldberg also cracked the Top-10, finishing T8 at 18-under par, along with Will Dodson, who finished T10 at 16-under.  Castro finished the weekend shooting 64-68, while Goldberg shot rounds of 66-67-65 before stumbling on Sunday with an even-par 72.

Rounding out the Top-20 for our former players include Bradley Iles, who finished T14 at 15-under par, while Matt Every, Garth Mulroy, Ben Fox, Ted Potter and Andrew Svoboda all finished T17 at 14-under.  Fox closed with a final-round 65 to jump into the Top-20, while Mulroy finished 67-68 over the weekend to close out the tournament strong.

Kyle Thompson remains the highest-ranked former GPT player on THE 25, and he is still contending for that top spot, sitting in second place with more than $200,000 in earnings.  Four other players currently sit in the Top-10, including Troy Kelly (4th), Steve Wheatcroft (6th), Ted Potter (7th) and Garth Mulroy (8th).  Rounding out THE 25 are Martin Flores (17th), Matt Every (18th), Matt Davidson (23rd) and Luke List (25th).  Rob Oppenheim is just on the outside looking in at 26th.

For complete results from the Chiquita Classic, CLICK HERE.  For a look at the current THE 25, CLICK HERE.

That wraps up another big week of golf action.  Next up on the PGA TOUR is the RBC Canadian Open, July 21-24, while the Nationwide Tour heads to Columbus, Ohio, for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.  Great job this week by our former players, let’s see if they can do it again next week.

Good luck everybody!