Aug 05

PGA TOUR: Yellow Jackets now Deepest on TOUR

When Ollie Schniederjans vacated his title as #1 ranked amateur in world, he didn’t wait long to make an impact on the PGA TOUR. After just two weeks, he’s earned more thanks $160k thanks to T15 and a T22 finishes in his first two starts as a professional.

Schniederjans became the 11th former Georgia Tech men’s golf team member to earn a paycheck on the PGA TOUR this season – more than any other NCAA program. The Yellow Jackets, who won the 2013 Rivals Cup, currently rank 6th in total earnings. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

LPGA TOUR: Bruins on Top to Start British

When the RICOH Women’s British get Open gets underway later this week, the UCLA Bruins will be the focus of the LPGA TOUR. 7 former UCLA Women’s golf team members have cashed checks so far this season earning a cumulative $1.4M this season – most among all NCAA programs represented on the LPGA Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 23

PGA TOUR: Texas gets 7th Major from Spieth

Former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth shot 68, 67, 71, 69 to win the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He won by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen and Coastal Carolinas’ Dustin Johnson, who tied for second after unfortunate 3-putt on his 72nd hole. The win moves Texas up from #4 to #2 in this week’s Rivals Cup rankings and Spieth is now the youngest player to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.

Spieth is the second Longhorn to win the U.S. Open. Tom Kite claimed the title in 1992 at Pebble Beach. Overall, it’s the 7th Major Championship for the UT family which also includes; Ben Crenshaw’s 2 green jackets; Justin Leonard’s Open Championship in 1997; Mark Brooks’ win at the PGA Championship in 1996; and – of course – Spieth’s win earlier this year in Augusta.

Texas jumped over the $8M mark in cumulative earnings this season on the PGA TOUR when the dust (not from the greens) settled at Chambers Bay. The Longhorns are one of only 3 schools to accomplish that feat so far this season joining #1 ranked Georgia and previous #2 UNLV.

There have been 32 official PGA TOUR events this season including the U.S. Open and 23 of them have been won by former college golfers. Total earnings in those 32 events have eclipsed the $154M mark.

Top Rivals Cup finishers at the 115th U.S. Open:

PLAYER SCHOOL CONFERENCE  EARNINGS
Spieth, Jordan Texas Big 12  $                1,800,000
Johnson, Dustin Coastal Carolina Big South  $                    877,144
Scott, Adam UNLV Mountain West  $                    407,037
Snedeker, Brandt Vanderbilt SEC  $                    280,482
Kuchar, Matt Georgia Tech ACC  $                    192,925
Kisner, Kevin Georgia SEC  $                    192,925
Reed, Patrick Augusta State Peach Belt  $                    156,935
Koepka, Brooks Florida State ACC  $                    113,686
Beljan, Charlie New Mexico Mountain West  $                    113,686
Lovemark, Jaime USC PAC 12  $                    113,686
Dufner, Jason Auburn SEC  $                    113,686

 


About Rivals Cup
Rivals Cup promotes the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes by ranking the NCAA athletic programs that are having the biggest impact in professional sports. The competition connects college and professional sports under a unique umbrella and gives fans and athletes alike a platform to measure themselves against their rivals beyond campus.

Jun 01

LPGA TOUR: Arizona State gets Win and #1 Ranking

Former Arizona State Sun Devil Anna Nordqvist player now has five career LPGA Tour titles. Her win this weekend at Stockton Seaview’s Bay Course in Galloway Township, New Jersey was good enough for Arizona State to assume the #1 ranking among all NCAA Women’s golf programs on the LPGA Tour in total earnings.

As a freshman at ASU in 2007, Nordqvist was the PAC10 individual co-champion and was named Freshman of the Year as well as PAC10 Player of the Year. She was a First-Team All-American and Academic All-American in both 2007 and 2008. She tied for fifth at the 2008 NCAA Championships (won by ASU teammate Azahara Muñoz).

The 27-year-old Nordqvist birdied the 16th and 17th holes to break out of the pack and win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by a stroke. She closed with a 2-under 69 in windy conditions to become the first former college golfer to win on the LPGA Tour this season.

Former Purdue Boilermaker Christel Boeljon finished solo 2nd and helped Purdue move up the rankings this week to #7.

Kelly Shon (Princeton University) and Austin Ernst (LSU) finished tied for 3rd. All told, 34 former college golfers made the cut at the Shoprite Classic, earning a cumulative $752k.


About Rivals Cup
Rivals Cup promotes the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes by ranking the NCAA athletic programs that are having the biggest impact in professional sports. The competition connects college and professional sports under a unique umbrella and gives fans and athletes alike a platform to measure themselves against their rivals beyond campus.

 

May 25

PGA Tour or UGA Tour?

 

Chris Kirk gave the University of Georgia its 2nd win this PGA Tour season yesterday when he notched his 4th career victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The win pushes the Bulldogs over $13M in cumulative earnings this season – nearly double the same of 2nd ranked UNLV.

It wasn’t just Kirk who played well at Colonial. In fact, 5 former Bulldogs made the cut and earned a cumulative $1.5M during the week. Over the past 3 years on the PGA TOUR, the University of Georgia is responsible for nearly $50M in earnings and 12 titles. Gulp.

A total of 65 former college golfers made the cut on the PGA TOUR this week. Collectively, they earned more than $5.8M at the Crowne Plaza. More than $136M has been awarded this season to former college golfers on the PGA TOUR and they have won 21 of 28 official events.

It wasn’t the first honor for Kirk at Colonial either. In 2006, as a junior at UGA he was the runner-up for the Hogan Award given by Colonial to the nation’s top college player. He decided then to return for his senior year for a chance to win the award — and did.

Kirk started the final day with an eagle. His only bogey came after hitting his drive at No. 7 into the rough. He made a 7 foot par putt on the 18th hole to avoid a potential playoff to win the tournament title. He shot a final-day 66 to finish at 12 under 268.

Other contenders this week were Jason Bohn (Alabama), Jordan Spieth (Texas) and Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt) – all 3 went on to tie for 2nd this week.

The PGA Tour’s next stop is the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, where Spieth twice made the cut as a teenage amateur.


About Rivals Cup
Rivals Cup promotes the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes by ranking the NCAA athletic programs that are having the biggest impact in professional sports. The competition connects college and professional sports under a unique umbrella and gives fans and athletes alike a platform to measure themselves against their rivals beyond campus.

May 26

Senior PGA Championship Review

The leaderboard at this year’s Senior PGA Championship was littered with former college golfers. Although the tournament ended with a win from someone who did not play college golf in the US, the impact of Rivals Cup’ers was felt for sure.

All told, 50 former college golfers made the cut in Indiana. Those 50 players accounted for more than $1.3M in earnings and they represented 37 colleges and universities from 16 conferences. These numbers bring the total earnings on the Champions TOUR for the season by former college golfers to near $15M.

Wake Forest was the most well-represent school during the weekend with 5 formers making the cut – including current head coach of the men’s golf team in Jerry Haas. The Demon Deacons remain ranked as the 4th most successful NCAA program on the Champions TOUR this year in this week’s rankings.

USC made a nice move up the rankings this week from #18 to #15. Former Trojan Brian Henninger (pictured above) finished T4 with Scott Verplank of Oklahoma State. The top Rivals Cup finisher for the week was former Miami Hurricane Woody Austin who finished solo 3rd.

Florida Southern holds on to the #1 rank yet again this week, although UCLA has been steadily closing the gap for the past few weeks.


About Rivals Cup
Rivals Cup promotes the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes by ranking the NCAA athletic programs that are having the biggest impact in professional sports. The competition connects college and professional sports under a unique umbrella and gives fans and athletes alike a platform to measure themselves against their rivals beyond campus.

May 11

Pistol Pete (and Rickie) at THE PLAYERS

When Rickie Fowler arrived at the 13th hole on Sunday he was 5 shots behind Sergio Garcia who was leading at the time. What happened next was pretty special: birdies at 13 and 15, an eagle at 16, then two more birdies at 17 and 18, Fowler had gone from 6-under to 12-under in six holes – good enough to force a playoff with Garcia and Kevin Kisner (Georgia). Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 07

College Game. Masters Fame.

The Masters is special for so many reasons it dizzying. It’s special to us because it’s where the concept for the Rivals Cup was born in 2011. It started when Jim Nantz made a comment that has been stuck with us to this day about “college pageantry inside the ropes at Augusta National”. We’ve been working hard ever since to bring the Rivals Cup to the masses. While our development may not have been at the pace we had hoped for, we’ve never been more excited about the future.

We’re going to have a lot of content this week and hope that you’ll follow us on Twitter for the latest news and factoids about this year’s “toonament”.

Let’s start with a look at the field. Remember that only professional are eligible for competition in the Rivals Cup, so anyone currently enrolled in college is not included. The overall starting field this year features 51 former student athletes. They represent 33 colleges and universities from 12 athletic conferences

Leading team entries with current Rivals Cup rank:

SCHOOL ENTRIES CURRENT RANK
Georgia 6 1
UNLV 3 2
Georgia Tech 3 7
Oklahoma State 3 8
Florida 3 15
Arizona State 2 3
Florida State 2 4
Texas 2 5
Wake Forest 2 10
Stanford 2 76

Leading conference entries with current Rivals Cup rank:

CONFERENCE ENTRIES CURRENT RANK
SEC 13 1
ACC 9 2
Big 12 8 3
PAC 12 8 5
Mountain West 4 4

Next up is a quick look at team earnings in the Masters over the past 5 years. The University of Georgia clearly benefits from 2 wins from Bubba Watson, and UNLV has a win with Adam Scott.

Leading team money winners (2010-2014):

SCHOOL  EARNINGS
Georgia $3,273,240.00
UNLV $2,879,850.00
Arizona State $1,843,520.00
Oklahoma State $1,580,260.00
Georgia Tech $1,328,580.00
Texas $792,000.00
Wake Forest $344,830.00

Leading player money winners (2010-2014):

PLAYER SCHOOL EARNINGS
Bubba Watson Georgia $3,116,280.00
Adam Scott UNLV $2,619,900.00
Phil Mickelson Arizona State $1,806,720.00
Matt Kuchar Georgia Tech $1,081,400.00
Tiger Woods Stanford $1,044,667.00
Fred Couples Houston $801,560.00
Jordan Spieth Texas $792,000.00
Jonas Blixt Florida State $792,000.00

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, let’s take a look at past Masters champions and the schools that can claim green jackets for their schools. 39 Masters champions played college golf and they represent 21 colleges and universities from 10 athletic conferences.

Most Masters titles:

SCHOOL WINS
Ohio State 6
Stanford 6
Wake Forest 4
Arizona State 3
Georgia 2
Houston 2
Texas 2

Other interesting notes to get us started with our coverage from a Rivals Cup perspective:

  1. 4 of the last 5 tournaments have been won by former college golfers.
  2. The last ACC win came from Georgia Tech’s Larry Mize in 1987.
  3. Houston and Stanford are the only 2 teams that can claim multiple champions.
  4. 5 ACC schools can claim Masters champions.
  5. 6 SEC schools are represented in this year’s tournament.

Apr 06

PGA Tour: Kentucky on Top in Houston

The SEC has been on a role in recent weeks on the PGA TOUR and can now add another championship to their resume courtesy of former Kentucky Wildcat J.B. Holmes. J.B won the Shell Houston Open on Sunday in a playoff defeating a red-hot Jordan Spieth (Texas) and Johnson Wagner (Virginia Tech).

Holmes’ win was the 4th of the year for the SEC from its 4th different school. Joining Kentucky on the champions list are Bubba Watson of Georgia who won the WGC-HSBC Championship; Brandt Snedeker of Vanderbilt who won at Pebble Beach; and Matt Every of Florida who won at Bay Hill. The SEC is ranked as the #1 conference on the PGA TOUR in the Rivals Cup having earned more than $21M before the year’s first Major.

Kentucky moves up in this week’s rankings from #18 to #9 as a result of their win in Houston. Defending Rivals Cup champion University of Georgia remains ranked #1 this week and has now amassed more than $8M this year. 2011 and 2012 Rivals Cup champion Oklahoma State remains in the picture as well having eclipsed the $3M mark this week. 2013 Champion Georgia Tech has been a fixture inside the top 10 since we started the Rivals Cup and this year has been no different. If the Yellow Jackets can get a win, they’ll be back inside the top 5 and will have a chance to contend by the end of the year at the TOUR Championship.

Arizona State has moved up to season high rank of #3 this week. 8 former Sun Devils have cashed checks this year on the PGA TOUR and their stock is rising. Next in the cross-hairs for ASU is UNLV how seemed poised early on the year to challenge the ‘Dawgs for the #1 spot before stalling a little in recent weeks.

Quick shout out to the Hokies of Virginia Tech as well who this week find themselves ranked #18 after Johnson Wagner’s T2 at the Golf Club of Houston.

17 of 21 official events this season have been won by former college golfers. More than $98M in winnings before the Masters is ridiculous and has set the stage for another great summer in the Rivals Cup.

 


About Rivals Cup
Rivals Cup promotes the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes by ranking the NCAA athletic programs that are having the biggest impact in professional sports. The competition connects college and professional sports under a unique umbrella and gives fans and athletes alike a platform to measure themselves against their rivals beyond campus.

Apr 06

LPGA TOUR: ANA Inspiration Review

Stacy Lewis narrowly missed becoming the first former college golfer to win a LPGA TOUR event this year. The proud former Arkansas Razorback lost in a playoff to Brittany Lincicome but her solo 2nd finish was good enough to keep Arkansas ranked as the #1 ranked college program in the Rivals Cup on the LPGA Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

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