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Players, Past and Present, Making Their Mark
Tarheel Tour player and Acworth, GA resident Jason Bohn fired a final round 71
at the Quail Hollow Club on Sunday to finish alone in third place in the PGA
Tourís 2008 Wachovia Championship. Bohn,
the 2005 B.C. Open champion, earned $435,200 and 1,700 FedEx Cup points for his
efforts. In addition, he moved to
49th in the FedEx Cup Standings and all but assured himself of
earning a spot in the PGA Tour playoffs in September.
The former University of Alabama standout also moved to 50th
on the 2008 PGA Tour money list with almost $769,000 in earnings. Bohn played on the Tarheel Tour in its inaugural season in
2002 before he earned Nationwide Status and eventually full playing privileges
on the PGA Tour in 2004. Former
Tarheel Tour players Nick Flanagan and Steve Marino also made the cut and played
the weekend at the Wachovia Championship. Marino,
who played the Tarheel Tour in 2002, 2003, and 2005, has made 12 of 13 cuts this
season and is solidly positioned at 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings.
A number of former and current Tarheel Tour players had impressive
showings at the Nationwide Tourís South Georgia Classic.
Augusta, GA native and long time Tarheel Tour player Scott Parel shot a
final round 71 at Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, GA to finish alone in fourth
place. Parelís 8-under-par 280
total earned him $30,000, moving him into 26th on the current money
list. Parel played the Tarheel Tour
from its inception in 2002 through 2006 before gaining his Nationwide Tour
status. His most successful season
on the Tarheel Tour was 2004 where he won at Eagle Chase in Marshville, NC and
Fox Den in Statesville, NC where he set a then Tarheel Tour record by shooting
19-under-par for 54 holes.
A trio of current Tarheel Tour players also had impressive
showings in Valdosta. Blake Adams,
who just last week finished tied for third at the Tarheel Tourís Sapona Open,
fired a final round 71 to finish tied for sixth.
Among the players he tied was 2007 River Run Classic Champion David
Mathis. Each earned just under
$21,000 for their play in Valdosta. Another Tarheel Tour winner from the 2007 season who had a
solid showing was Musgrove Mill Classic champion Brendon Todd.
The Atlanta, GA resident took advantage of his spot in the field through
his conditional status by backing up his 25th place finish in Athens
two weeks prior, with a tie for 9th this week in Valdosta.
Todd competed earlier in the year on the Tarheel Tour in the Rivertowne
Open where he made the cut. He was
also in the field at the Patriots Point Classic that was canceled due to
inclement weather. Todd and Adams
both earned a spot in the field next week at the Nationwide Tourís Fort Smith
Classic in Fort Smith, Arkansas due to their top-25 finishes in Valdosta.
Asheboro, NC native Dustin Bray also had a solid showing in Valdosta.
The former three-time winner and 2006 Tarheel Tour leading money winner
shot a blistering 63 in the Monday qualifier where he took medalist honors.
The former ACC Champion and University of North Carolina standout shot
consistent rounds of 70-72-73-72 to finish tied for 32nd and narrowly
miss an exemption into next weekís Fort Smith Classic.
Bray will be back on the Tarheel Tour this week at the Northstone Open
where he will be one of the favorites. Other
former and current Tarheel Tour players who made the cut in Valdosta include
Garth Mulroy, Brent Delayhousse, Brendon de Jonge, Reid Edstrom, Ryan Blaum and
It was a fantastic week on and off the Tarheel Tour for many of the
standout players that have played the Tarheel Tour during their young careers.
This week, the PGA Tour has a home game in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL at The
Players Championship. Look for
Tarheel greats such as Bohn, Marino, and John Mallinger to compete for a share
of the $9,000,000 purse. Also
Brendon Todd and Blake Adams are in the field at the Fort Smith Classic on the
Nationwide along with several other former Tarheel players.
The Tarheel Tour is just up the road from its headquarters in Charlotte,
at The Northstone Club in Huntersville, NC this week for the Northstone Open.
The Tarheel Tourís all-time-leading money winner Matt Cannon will be
looking to defend his title against 149 of the best players in developmental
tour golf. The Northstone Open
begins on Wednesday, May 7 at 8:00 a.m. As
always, the event is free and open to the public.