Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase tees off Today at Riviera
Corey Pereira <br>(Washington Athletics Photo)
Corey Pereira
(Washington Athletics Photo)

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA (February 11, 2017) -- For the third consecutive year the Genesis Open hosted by Riviera Country Club will kick off tournament week with the Collegiate Showcase.

This year the Monday showcase will feature six collegiate players from six different universities Colorado's Jeremy Paul, Kentucky's Tyler (Chip) McDaniel, Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala, Texas' Gavin Hall, UCLA's Tyler Collier and Washington's Corey Pereira.

The college players will be joined by among others world No. 6 Jordan Spieth who won the NCAA Team Championship with Texas in 2012, Kentucky alum J.B. Holmes and former UCLA Bruin Kevin Chappell. Each group will also include two amateur playing alumni from the school.

During the round two separate competitions will be taking place. Firstly, the collegiate players will be competing in a medalist qualifier with the winner earning a spot in Genesis Open field. Secondly, the teams will be playing best-ball against each other with the winning team earning a $50,000 donation to that schools golf program.

Last year Charlie Danielson of Illinois won the Collegiate Showcase with a 3-under 68 before going onto to make the cut. In 2015 at the inaugural event Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest earned the top prize.

-Editors Note: The Genesis Open provided information for this story

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ABOUT THE Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase

The Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase was founded in 2015 and it is a chance for collegiate players to play with PGA Tour alumni from their respective schools. 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 Genesis 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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