Northern Trust Open announces second-annual Collegiate Showcase field
14 collegians join top TOUR players, including World No. 1 Spieth, to compete for exemption
January 25, 2016
- Beau Hossler, the top-ranked player in college golf, will play with Jordan Spieth in the Collegiate Showcase. (Ezra Shaw/Getty)
LOS ANGELES – Northern Trust Open tournament officials are pleased to announce that the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares will return for a second installment this year. The showcase will be held on Monday, February 15, kicking off an exciting tournament week at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Fourteen collegiate golfers from across the country will represent their respective universities while playing alongside top PGA TOUR pros and two amateur boosters.
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, who recently announced his commitment to the tournament for the fourth time in his career, has added his name to an impressive list of PGA TOUR players supporting their alma maters via the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares. Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Jimmy Walker, Luke Donald and J.B. Holmes are among the other top names committed to the competition.
The professional and the two amateurs (not the collegian) will team up in a best-ball competition and compete for the Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares Trophy, which earns the university’s golf program a donation of $50,000. Each collegian in the group will play his own ball, with the low medalist earning a coveted spot in the 2016 Northern Trust Open.
Monday Collegiate Pro-Am Showcase presented by Sands Cares tickets are $19, available via www.NorthernTrustOpen.com (Ticketmaster has waived all fees for advance purchasers) or at the gate, and anyone under the age of 18 can attend free of charge. Free parking for the day is available at Paul Revere Middle School (1450 Allenford Avenue, Los Angeles, Calf.). Gates will be open 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and limited concessions will be available; photos are permitted and the autograph area will be open. All proceeds from Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares ticket sales will benefit the Northern Trust Open’s official charity partner, City of Hope.
“We are thrilled to host the second annual Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares,” said Northern Trust Open Executive Director O.D. Vincent. “The event was a big success last year and the caliber of players signed on for the second installment is truly exciting. The Showcase is an excellent chance for collegiate athletes to get a first-hand look at what the TOUR has to offer, and we’re excited to welcome fans for a family-friendly price. And it’s Presidents Day, so we hope students enjoy a day off by coming out to Riviera to support their schools and enjoy this unique event. ”
Wake Forest University’s Will Zalatoris shot a 67 (-4) in the inaugural Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares, the low score of the 14 collegians in the field last year. Zalatoris, who is back to defend his title – this time with Wake Forest alum Kyle Reifers – finished five strokes ahead of Arizona’s George Cunningham (72) and was the only player to break par at The Riviera Country Club. He earned his first start in a PGA TOUR event, carding rounds of 76-71 to miss the cut.
“I’m flat out excited to be back,” said Zalatoris. “It is one of my favorite days all year. Each college kid gets to play with two donors from their respective schools. These donors play a massive role in letting college golfers, like me, follow our dreams in hopes of playing on the PGA TOUR someday. I got a taste of TOUR life playing with Bill Haas in the Collegiate Showcase and Bill and Kyle Reifers in the Tuesday practice round last year. I also was fortunate enough to play with Paul Casey on that Tuesday, and it was fun to watch him play his way into the sudden-death playoff later in the week.
“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.”
To follow is the roster for the second edition of the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares. Golf fans and alumni can follow the action via the Northern Trust Open’s social media channels, with tee times from 8:30-10:30 a.m. PT off No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONAL COLLEGIAN Arizona Ricky Barnes
Arizona State Paul Casey Max Rottluff Baylor Jimmy Walker Nick Thornton Georgia Hudson Swafford Lee McCoy Illinois Scott Langley Charlie Danielson Kentucky J.B. Holmes Tyler (Chip) McDaniel Northwestern Luke Donald Dylan Wu Texas Jordan Spieth Beau Hossler Texas A&M Branson Burgoon Adria Arnaus UCLA Kevin Chappell Jonathan Garrick UNLV Charley Hoffman Taylor Montgomery USC Jamie Lovemark Bobby Gojuangco
Wake Forest Kyle Reifers Will Zalatoris Washington Nick Taylor Jonathan Sanders
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