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Will Zalatoris wins Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase
Will Zalatoris
Will Zalatoris
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Wake Forest freshman Will Zalatoris shot 67 on Monday at Riviera Country Club, beating out 13 other collegiate hopefuls at the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase.

He will make a PGA Tour start this week at the Northern Trust Open after winning the inaugural event by five shots. He was the only player to shoot under-par.

The event featured 14 college players playing alongside a current or former PGA TOUR pro from their respective school, as well as two other amateurs.

Alongside the collegiate competition, the PGA TOUR pro and two amateurs played best-ball for a chance to earn $50,000 for their school. That prize went to the University of Oregon as head men's golf coach Casey Martin and his partners shot 13-under 58.

Zalatoris had a spectacular 2014 summer, winning the U.S. Junior Amateur, Trans-Miss Championship, and Texas State Amateur. He'll be the fifth amateur to tee it up on the PGA TOUR this year, coming after Kyle Suppa at the Sony Open, Jon Rahm at the Phoenix Open, and Jake Knapp and Gunn Yang at the Farmers Insurance Open.

ABOUT THE Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase

The Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase was founded in 2015, when Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest won the individual title and a chance to play the PGA Tour event the same week. In 2016 it was Charlie Danielson of Illinois who won his entry into the tournament at Riviera, where he easily made the cut as an amateur collegiate player.

In the Collegiate Showcase, fourteen collegiate players are paired with PGA Tour players from their school. Two simultaneous competitions take place:

In the individual competition, the collegiate players will play their own ball to record an 18-hole score. The low collegian is awarded a playing spot in the Northern Trust Open.

In the team competition, the professional and the two amateurs (playing at specified percentage of their most current and verified handicap) will team up to play a best ball format (one-ball). The low Professional and Amateurs team will take home the Champions Trophy for their school and a check for $50,000.00, going to their universities golf program.

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