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Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase tees off Monday at Riviera
Will Zalatoris
Will Zalatoris
By Brentley Romine, Golfweek PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2016) -- The Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase is back for another year, and this time it will feature the world's top-ranked golfer. Jordan Spieth will team up with Texas junior Beau Hossler in the Feb. 15 event at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., that will pair 14 college golfers with PGA Tour pros who are alums from their respective schools. The teams will also include two amateur boosters each.

The pro and two boosters will compete in a best-ball format for the Collegiate Showcase title and a $50,000 donation to their school's golf program. The college players will play their own ball, with the medalist earning a spot in the Northern Trust Open, to be played Feb. 18-21.

Wake Forest sophomore Will Zalatoris won the inaugural event a year ago with a score of 4-under 67 before shooting 76-71 to miss the cut in his first Tour start. He is back to defend his title.

“I’m flat out excited to be back,” Zalatoris said. “It is one of my favorite days all year. ... Whoever goes the lowest that Monday will play one of the best golf courses in the world with some of the best players in the world. It was a wonderful opportunity on many levels last year, and I'll be playing to do it again."

Here is the full field (PGA Tour pro listed first):

Arizona: Jim Furyk, George Cunningham
Arizona State: Paul Casey, Max Rottluff
Baylor: Jimmy Walker, Nick Thornton
Georgia: Hudson Swafford, Lee McCoy
Illinois: TBD, Charlie Danielson
Kentucky: J.B. Holmes, Tyler McDaniel
Northwestern: Luke Donald, Dylan Wu
Texas: Jordan Spieth, Beau Hossler
Texas A&M: Bronson Burgoon, Adria Arnaud
UCLA: Kevin Chappell, Jonathan Garrick
UNLV: Charley Hoffman, TBD
USC: Jamie Lovemark, TBD
Wake Forest: Kyle Reifers, Will Zalatoris
Washington: Nick Taylor, Jonathan Sanders
ABOUT THE Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase

The Northern Trust Collegiate Showcase was founded in 2015, when Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest won the individual title and a chance to play in the Northern Trust Open. 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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