Players to Watch: No. 10, Jimmy Stanger
December 22, 2017
By Alex Wood, PGATOUR.COM
- December 22, 2017
- University of Virginia alum Jimmy Stanger captured the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference individual title. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
“Professional Golfer. ACC Champion. First Team All-American. 2017 Palmer Cup. UVA-17 McIntire Grad. Former intern for Federal Reserve and Raymond James.”
Jimmy Stanger’s Twitter bio paints an impressive picture of the 22-year-old, but it’s far from the full story.
Top 10 Players to Watch: No. 10, Jimmy Stanger | No. 9, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez | No. 8, Matt Ryan | No. 7, Chris Baker | No. 6, Kramer Hickok | No. 5, Curtis Luck | No. 4, Wyndham Clark | No. 3, Sam Burns
Stanger, who graduated from the University of Virginia in May, made quite the name for himself while a Cavalier. In his final two years at Virginia, Stanger was named All-ACC twice, was a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, made the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, was a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award, became the first Cavalier in school history to be named first-team All- American and helped the U.S. team capture a Palmer Cup championship. He then went on to win the ACC individual championship, becoming only the third person in UVA history to capture the title.
Shortly after graduating with a dual degree in finance and marketing, Stanger turned professional and began the process of trying to make it to the Web.com Tour.
The other side of Final Stage.— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) December 11, 2017
After an 80 in the first round, Jimmy Stanger mounted a massive rally. He needed to birdie the 72nd hole to crack the top 45.
It slid just by. ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/LRlAHJVtiT
A strong performance in Pre-Qualifying landed him a spot in the field at First Stage in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Stanger went on to shoot 20-under for the week, capturing medalist honors by a stroke and advancing on to Second Stage. He rode that wave of momentum into Brooksville, Florida, where a final-round 5-under 67 allowed him to capture medalist honors for a second time.
Final Stage proved to be a harder test for Stanger, who opened with an 8-over 80 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona. The Florida native didn’t let the opening performance define his week, however, bouncing back with a second-round 10-under 62 and proving that he would be a player to watch during the 2018 Web.com Tour Season.
Though Stanger missed earning guaranteed starts by one stroke, he’s already proven that he won’t let a little adversity define his season. Fueled by the confidence he’s gained from stellar performance over the past two years and perhaps motivated by the success of fellow University of Virginia alum and recent Web.com Tour graduate Denny McCarthy, Stanger is in a good spot to make waves on Tour in 2018.