ALUMNI UPDATE: HOFFMAN, QUINNEY TOP-10 IN CANADA; FOUR IN TOP 10 ON NATIONWIDE TOUR

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By Jon Levy - Staff Writer

July 25, 2010

It had taken former Gateway Pro Tour member, Charley Hoffman, 16 events of the 2010 season to crack the top 10 of a PGA TOUR event, which he finally did two weeks ago in the John Deere Classic, courtesy of a T7 showing, worth almost $140,000. That accounted for the 15th event of his PGA TOUR tenure in which he had accomplished the feat — a tenure that’s impressively notched him over $6 million since his days playing on The Gateway Pro Tour.

Well, fast-forward another event later and — after a very indifferent first six months of the season — Hoffman proved his Deere doings weren’t a fluke, as he placed T4 at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. His solid 10-under par performance in the Toronto area earned him another smooth $165,000, which now vaults the UNLV Alum to $741,563 on the year and to 65th in the FedEx Cup standings. Amazing how quickly a good couple of weeks can change the outlook of a player’s year.

Ditto for fellow Alum, Jeff Quinney. A solid staple on TOUR for the past four years, Quinney had earned over $4.3 million dollars via 10 total top 10s, two third-place finishes and two runner-up finishes heading into the 2010 season. But, instead of building on those invaluable experiences in contention to vie for his first TOUR win this year, Quinney unexpectedly hit a dry spell of just 10 of 20 cuts made, with a T20 coming as his best finish before the RBC. He had even suffered a streak of six straight missed cuts in April and May.

But, alas, like his fellow Alum, Hoffman, Quinney smartly signed up to play in Canada, and — as did Hoffman — posted 10 under to make a healthy check and turn his year around. He’s now cracked the $400,000 mark on the year and has moved to 119th in FedEx Cup points.

With a little continued momentum in the remaining events before the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin, each player now has a great shot making an impact in the TOUR’s post-season events.

Nationwide Tour Update

The latest and greatest from former Gateway Pro Tour players now playing the Nationwide circuit comes from four former players notching top 10s at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.

Unlike the Chiquita Classic two weeks ago where Tommy Gainey took the top honors — and his second win of the year — there wasn’t a win by a Gateway Pro Alumni last week. But with two T3s and two T7s by Daniel Summerhays and Won Joon Lee, and William McGirt and Trevor Murphy, respectively, it was a great week for former Gateway Pro players, nevertheless.

Seemingly, the recipe for Gateway Pro Tour Alumni on the Nationwide Tour this year comes down to this: Each week multiple players find their way into the top 10.

So it’s no wonder, then, why 12 former Gateway Pro Tour players currently sit within THE 25. Alumni Tommy Gainey (2nd), Kevin Chappell (4th), Bobby Gates (5th), Fabian Gomez (9th), Martin Piller (10th), Justin Hicks (12th), Daniel Summerhays (14th), B.J. Staten (15th), Chris Nallen (17th), James Hahn (18th), William McGirt (22nd) and Brian Smock (24th) all stand within the all-important money list number of which — come season end — will earn each a spot on the 2011 PGA TOUR.

With 13 events now remaining on this year’s schedule — keep it up, guys.

Click here for full field results of the RBC Canadian Open, here for full field results of the Nationwide Children’s Hospitals Invitational and here for a full list of THE 25, from pgatour.com…