PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015) —
Fourteen college golfers will partner with a PGA
Tour professional from their
respective universities (as well as two
Monday, February 16. Sounds like a great
It gets even better.
That's because the college player will play
own ball, with the players scoring lowest earning
exemption into the Northern Trust Open, which
begins three days later at Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, Calif. You can bet that O.D.
Vincent, the Tournament Director of that PGA
event, a former golf coach at Washington and
had more than a little to do with this unique
opportunity coming to fruition.
“We are excited to launch the Northern
Trust Open Collegiate Showcase and are thrilled
the caliber of players who are giving back to
schools by participating,” said Vincent in a
press release. “Our goal is to promote growth
of the game by bringing more attention, and
ultimately funds, to collegiate golf, and to offer
another avenue for an up-and-coming collegiate
player to experience the best the PGA Tour has
How do the players feel about it? The local
universities, like UCLA and USC, are bound to
the most pressure on them.
"Playing in the event for me would be a
dream come true since it's right in my
backyard," UCLA junior Jonathan Garrick told
"I've played that course [Riviera Country Club]
many times when they have had the grandstands
and always wanted to be apart of the real deal.
special opportunity that us college players have
never before gotten to experience. It's not often
get to play alongside Tour pros on such a world-
course, let alone compete for an exemption."
Wake Forest freshman Will Zalatoris, who
play with Bill Haas, was equally excited.
"Our coach told us at the beginning of the
fall that the player with the lowest scoring
gets a spot in the field," Zalatoris told
Golfweek. "I'm excited. ... It'll be a great test.
It's a dream of mine to one day play on the PGA
Tour and it'd mean a lot (to earn the
more than anything, being an 18-year-old punk,
be there to learn."
The pro and two amateurs will play best-ball
the chance to win $50,000 for that university's
program. The team and player list follows. Click
the college player's name for a complete bio and
rankings info. (At press time, Oklahoma State
yet to determine it's representative.)
- Oklahoma State – Morgan Hoffmann,
- Wake Forest - Bill Haas, Will Zalatoris
- Kentucky – J.B. Holmes, Tyler McDaniel
- Texas A&M – Ryan Palmer, Greg Yates
- Arizona – Jim Furyk, George Cunningham
- Clemson – Ben Martin, Cody Proveaux
- UCLA - Kevin Chappell, Jonathan Garrick
- Pacific – James Field Jr., Byron Meth
- UC Riverside – Brendan Steele, David Gazzolo
- Pepperdine – Michael Putnam, Kevin DeHuff
- USC – Dave Stockton Jr., Rico Hoey
- Georgia – Harris English, Lee McCoy
- Oregon – Casey Martin, Brandon McIver
- Texas – Jordan Spieth, Kramer Hickok