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Tarheel Tour Players, Past and Present, Making Their Mark

Charlotte, NC- Former 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 Ewan Porter.

            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.