Spieth, Holmes and Chappell headline Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase
The 2017 Genesis Open kicks off Monday, Feb. 13, with the Collegiate Showcase. Gates open at 8 a.m. for the pro-am event, which features six college golf programs: Kentucky, Colorado, UCLA, Texas, Washington and Pepperdine.
Teams for the Collegiate Showcase are made up of one PGA TOUR pro, one collegiate athlete and two amateurs proudly representing their alma mater. The six teams will play in two different competitions Monday. Best ball play will pit the teams against each other with the PGA TOUR pro and two amateurs contributing to the best ball scores. Teams play for the chance to win a $50,000 donation to the school’s golf program.
The professional field is headlined by world No. 6 Jordan Spieth, who helped the University of Texas Longhorns win the 2012 NCAA Team Championship at Riviera. Also representing their alma maters will be former Kentucky Wildcats player J.B. Holmes and UCLA alum Kevin Chappell.
The collegiate athletes will compete against one another in an individual stoke-play competition with the low score earning an invitation to play in the 2017 Genesis Open. The collegiate golfers participating in the Collegiate Showcase are Colorado’s Jeremy Paul, Kentucky’s Tyler (Chip) McDaniel, Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala, Texas’ Gavin Hall, UCLA’s Tyler Collier and Washington’s Corey Pereira.
The Collegiate Showcase is in its third year at the tournament, with Illinois’ Charlie Danielson (2016) and Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris (2015) having won past exemptions into the tournament.
Tickets are still available for the 2017 Genesis Open, including Monday’s Collegiate Showcase. Buy your tickets in advance and select ‘print at home’ to save time and money.