Nov 21

PGA Tour – UNLV Takes #1 spot into the “offseason”

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Former UNLV All American, Charley Hoffman closed with a 5-under-par 66 to claim his 3rd career PGA Tour victory. Hoffman had gone 105 starts between his first and second win, and this time went 108 starts until winning the final PGA TOUR event of the calendar year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

PGA Tour – SEC and PAC-12 get first wins of the season

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Some may say that order was restored on the PGA Tour last week when Bubba Watson won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai – despite that fact that the win was anything but orderly. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

PGA Tour – Ryan Moore repeats in KL; moves UNLV back to #1

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Former UNLV Rebel Ryan Moore showed he knows how to finish a tournament, and how to start a PGA Tour season. In the process, he moved his alma mater to the #1 ranking among NCAA schools on the PGA Tour.

Moore’s college career, which ran from 2001-05, was unparalleled, both in terms of his senior year accomplishments as well as his sustained performance throughout his career while competing for UNLV. In his senior year alone, he competed in nine college events, winning three times and finishing third in three others.

Moore also capped his final year with a fifth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championship, an event he won in 2004 and he also placed 13th at the 2005 Masters. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

PGA Tour – Big 12 gets win in Georgia

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Former Kansas State men’s golfer Robert Streb won a three-man playoff with a four-foot birdie putt on the second hole to record his first career PGA Tour victory at The McGladrey Classic at Seaside Course in Sea Island, Georgia, on Sunday.

A K-State letterwinner from 2006-09, Streb has qualified for the Masters in April, which will be his first career major. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 21

PGA Tour – Ben Martin takes Clemson to #1

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Former Clemson Tiger All-American Ben Martin sank a 46-foot eagle putt on the par five 16th hole on Sunday then went on to win the Shriner’s Hospital For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first PGA Tour win for Martin, who is in his third year on the PGA Tour.

The win puts Clemson back on track to be considered among the most influential NCAA program on the PGA Tour.

A Clemson golfer had won at least one PGA Tour event over nine consecutive years – a streak that ended after the 2012 season when Kyle Stanley won the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Two different Tigers won an event in 2011, as Jonathan Byrd won the season opening Hyundai Classic in Maui and Lucas Glover won the Wells Fargo Invitational in Charlotte.

Byrd (5), Glover (3), D.J. Trahan (2) and Stanley (1) and now Ben Martin (1) have combined for 12 PGA Tour wins since 2002.  Trahan won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January of 2008 and then finished fourth at the United States Open.  Byrd won the Justin Timberlake Invitational with a hole in one on the third playoff hole in 2010, the only time in PGA Tour history that has happened.  He then won the first event of the 2011 season when he won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui in another playoff.

Back in Las Vegas, Ben Martin had rounds of 68-66-62-68 to finish with a 72-hole score of 264. He played the final four holes in four under par, as he rolled in a birdie putt on the 18th hole from 20 feet to close out the win in style. His 62 on Saturday tied his career best and tied for the best ever by a former Clemson golfer on the PGA Tour.

With the victory, Martin is now exempted into the 2015 Masters, the 2015 PGA, and the 2015 Players Championship. His PGA Tour Card is now guaranteed through the 2016-17 season. He collected $1,080,000, obviously the biggest check of his career, and 500 FedEx Cup points.

 

Top 5 NCAA Teams on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev School Earnings
1 39 Clemson $1,189,028
2 n/r Duke $690,095
3 4 Georgia $472,684
4 6 Florida State $454,541
5 1 Georgia Tech $441,879

 

Top 5 NCAA Conferences on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev Conference Earnings
1 1 ACC $3,459,202
2 2 Mountain West $1,411,065
3 3 SEC $1,077,621
4 4 Big 12 $882,248
5 17 Atlantic Sun $433,720

Oct 19

MLB, NFL and NBA on hold…for now

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I created the Rivals Cup in an effort to make a home for promoting the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes. While that is not changing, the focus is going to be narrowed a bit.

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Sep 29

PGA Tour – 2013-14 Season Concludes

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Another PGA Tour season is in the books and the influence of college golf at the game’s highest level has never been more apparent.

As the Rivals Cup wraps up it’s 4th PGA Tour season, I’m excited for the future and hope to continue to heighten the awareness of the NCAA affiliations of professionals around the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

PGA Tour – BMW Championship win is 12th of the year for the SEC

Every Villegas Horschel Florida 01

With only one week to go in the 2013-14 PGA Tour season there really isn’t much suspense with regards to who will win the Rivals Cup.

There are however, some good story lines inside the top 5 rankings and it should make for some interesting viewing this weekend in Atlanta at the TOUR Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

PGA Tour – Deutsche Bank Championship Notes

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The list of superlatives that define the performance of former University of Georgia men’s golf team members currently playing on the PGA Tour would create a short book.

As if the season had not already been a record-setting show of force, Chris Kirk went ahead and captured the Deutsche Bank Championship for good measure. That brings the total number of victories from Georgia to 8 – including a major and a FedEX Cup Playoff event. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

PGA Tour – FedEX Cup Playoffs Underway

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The PGA Tour FedEX Cup Playoff is underway and the regular season concluded with more than $186M in winnings going to 233 former college golfers. They represent 102 colleges and universities from 32 athletic conferences.

 

Top 5 NCAA Teams on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev School Earnings
1 1 Georgia $21,592,816
2 2 Georgia Tech $10,217,968
3 3 UNLV $9,097,947
4 4 Oklahoma State $9,083,879
5 5 Arizona $6,350,946

 

Top 5 NCAA Conferences on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev Conference Earnings
1 1 SEC $42,449,069
2 2 ACC $31,562,459
3 3 Big 12 $25,082,956
4 4 PAC 12 $20,502,035
5 5 Mountain West $18,861,079

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