Alumni on Tour: March 7
Vogel Monday Qualifies again, Hadwin celebrates Valspar win and more alumni news
March 07, 2018
By Brian Decker, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Hadwin returns to the site of his first PGA TOUR win at the Valspar Championship this week (Getty Images)
Each week, we catch up with Mackenzie Tour members in the news throughout the world of golf - and beyond. Below is a look at former and current members making headlines, along with a few to watch this week on the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR.
IN THE NEWS
T.J. VOGEL CONTINUES MR. MONDAY STREAK: For the third time this year, T.J. Vogel has earned a tee time on the PGA TOUR, taking medalist honours at this week's Valspar Championship Monday Qualifier. The Aruba Cup hero also teed it up earlier this year at The RSM Classic and The Honda Classic.
T.J. makes it a trifecta!— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) March 5, 2018
The #ArubaCup hero shot 63 in today's @ValsparChamp Monday Qualifier to get in for the third time this year.
• @TheRSMClassic pic.twitter.com/PAodakCh5B
HADWIN HOSTS INSIDE THE PGA TOUR: A year removed from his maiden PGA TOUR win at the Valspar Championship, Adam Hadwin re-lived the experience (and got in some batting reps with the Toronto Blue Jays) on this week's episode of Inside the PGA TOUR.
COCKERILL DETAILS HIS MACKENZIE TOUR JOURNEY: Heading into his third season on the Mackenzie Tour, Stony Mountain, Manitoba's Aaron Cockerill took the time to detail his journey from dabbling in golf during Manitoba summers to competing to make the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR.
KEVIN DOUGHERTY Q&A WITH PGATOUR.COM: Among the players who have made major leaps this year is former Oklahoma State Cowboy Kevin Dougherty, who played on the Mackenzie Tour from 2014-2016 and has this year produced his strongest season as a pro on the Web.com Tour with two top-10 finishes. Dougherty detailed his season in a Q&A with PGATOUR.COM this week.
Q&A with #MackenzieTour alum and current @WebDotComTour player Kevin Dougherty:— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) March 7, 2018
• On his 'extremely' healthy diet
• Regular four-hour rounds as a sixsome
• His introduction to @OSUCowboyGolf (with a 23-hour road trip)https://t.co/JORWEus2JB
Each week, we'll profile a Mackenzie Tour alum who's trending upwards at the game's next level. This week, it's Club Colombia Championship winner Ben Taylor.
Ben Taylor has proven he can win at nearly every level. Now with a Web.com Tour title under his belt at this year's Club Colombia Championship, he's looking to prove he can do it on the PGA TOUR next season.
Taylor was one of the top juniors in his native England and quickly extended his amateur success into the collegiate ranks, first at Division II Nova Southeastern and then later at Division I LSU, where he sank the clinching putt at the 2015 NCAA Championship.
Taylor competed on the Mackenzie Tour in 2016 and advanced to the Web.com Tour the season after, finishing 80th on the Money List. He improved his status at Q-School in December before playing his way into his first title in Colombia and now ranks third on the Order of Merit.
The affable Englishman recounted his journey for PGATOUR.COM in an edition of the Player's Take earlier this year.
NEXT ON THE TEE
Here's a list of Mackenzie Tour members and alums competing on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour this week, followed by five to keep an eye on.
(* = 2013-present alumni)
Corey Conners*, Tony Finau*, Talor Gooch*, Adam Hadwin, Brandon Harkins*, Mackenzie Hughes*, Troy Merritt, C.T. Pan*, D.A. Points, Sam Ryder*, Ben Silverman*, Steve Stricker, Nick Taylor*, T.J. Vogel*, Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney, Aaron Wise*
Erik Barnes*, Mark Blakefield*, John Chin*, Albin Choi*, Samuel Del Val*, Kevin Dougherty*, Julian Etulain*, Conner Godsey*, Jhared Hack*, Seann Harlingten*, Matt Harmon*, Scott Harrington, Kramer Hickok*, Bo Hoag*, Mark Hubbard*, Alex Kang*, Sean Kelly*, Hank Lebioda*, Spencer Levin, Adam Long*, Stuart Macdonald*, Dan McCarthy*, Lee McCoy*, Taylor Moore*, Trevor Murphy*, Patrick Newcomb*, Corey Pereira*, Chad Ramey*, Seth Reeves*, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, Max Rottluff*, Carlos Sainz Jr*, Brady Schnell*, Conrad Shindler*, David Skinns*, Roger Sloan, Sepp Straka*, Adam Svensson*, Ben Taylor*, Jose Toledo*, Willy Wilcox, Jared Wolfe*, Chase Wright*, Ryan Yip*