Curtis claims first victory since 2006-
San Antonio, Texas - April 22, 2012 - Former NGA Pro Golf Tour winner Ben Curtis shot an even-par 72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open on Sunday and held off 2010 NGA Tour player Matt Every to win his fourth PGA Tour event.
Curtis, who played on the NGA Tour from 2001-03, started the final round with a 3-shot lead over Every and stayed solid in the final round, carding three birdies and three bogeys, to claim his first victory on the PGA Tour since 2006. Curtis finished with rounds of 67-67-73-72 for a 9-under 279 total.
Every, who set the course record with a 63 in the opening round, vaulted into contention by going 3 under through six holes, but two late bogeys left the U of F alumnus T2 and two shots behind Curtis at the finish.
Former NGA Tour winner Brian Gay finished with a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for fourth at 5-under par, while three-time NGA winner Kris Blanks also carded a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for 11th.
Fellow NGA Tour winners Kevin Streelman, Scott Piercy and Jerry Kelly also posted top-20 finishes in Texas. Streelman finished T13 at 2-under par, while Kelly and Piercy finished 1-under par and T18 with 2011 NGA’ers Brian Harman and David Mathis.
Alums Martin Flores, Nathan Green and Chris Stroud finished T24 at even par, while past players Bill Lunde and Blake Adams finished T29.
2011 NGA Tour members Billy Hurley III and Russell Knox picked up the best finishes of their rookie seasons on the PGA Tour this week. Hurley finished T32 at 2 over, while Knox finished T41 at 4-over par.
In the last calendar year, NGA Tour alumni have racked up an impressive two majors and 16 overall wins on the PGA Tour.
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2011 NGA members Hurley, Knox close to career-best finishes-
San Antonio, Texas - April 22, 2012 - Former NGA Pro Golf Tour winner Ben Curtis struggled in the third round of the Valero Texas Open, but so did many of his nearest competitors.
Curtis, a British Open champion, shot a 1-over 73 in the third round to fall to 9-under par, but he’s still three shots clear of 2010 NGA Tour player Matt Every entering today’s final round. Curtis has rounds of 67-67-73 for a 207 total after three rounds of play.
Every also carded a 1-over 73 in blustery conditions in the third round. After opening with a course-record 64, Every has posted a 74 and 73 in the subsequent rounds, but he’s still two shots ahead of third and three shots off the lead.
Former NGA Tour winner Brian Gay carded a 1-under 71 on Saturday to move into a tie for sixth with alum David Mathis at 3-under par, while NGA’ers Chris Stroud, Martin Flores and Ryan Palmer are 2-under par and T11.
Fellow NGA Tour winners Kris Blanks, Kevin Streelman and Scott Piercy will begin the final round tied for 15th at 1-under par.
Billy Hurley III, a 2011 NGA Tour member, and 2011 NGA player Brian Harman are even par and tied for 21st with alum Kevin Kisner with one round remaining in the PGA Tour event.
Fellow 2011 members Russell Knox and Will Claxton are T28 and T52, respectively, going into today’s final round.
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Five NGA winners T12 or better when darkness fell-
San Antonio, Texas - April 20, 2012 - Former NGA Pro Golf Tour winner Ben Curtis carded his second 67 in as many days to move out in front of the Valero Texas Open on Friday.
For the second day in a row, the British Open champion, who played on the NGA Tour in 2001-02, was able to go bogey-free around TPC San Antonio while carding five birdies. Curtis was 10-under par and two shots clear of alum David Mathis when play was suspended due to darkness.
Mathis, who played on the NGA Tour in 1997 and 1999, also carded a 5-under 67 in the second round to move from ninth to solo second at the conclusion of play on Friday.
After setting the course record with a 63 in the opening round, Matt Every, a 2010 NGA Tour competitor, was 2 over through 16 holes and tied for third when play was halted in the second round.
Former NGA Tour winner Blake Adams shot a 3-under 69 in the second round to move into a tie for fifth with alum Ryan Palmer.
Fellow NGA Tour winners Scott Piercy and Kevin Streelman finished the day T8 and 3-under par. Piercy shot a 7-under 65, while Streelman carded a 2-under 70.
Past NGA winner Brian Gay and alum Garth Mulory finished the second round 2-under par and tied for 12th.
Russell Knox, a 2011 NGA Tour member was 1-under par through 16 holes and 1 under for the event when darkness fell. Knox is tied for 16th with alums Derek Lamely, Kevin Kisner and Tommy Biershenk.
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Matt Every leads by three in Valero Texas Open-
San Antonio, Texas - April 20, 2012 - Matt Every, who played on the NGA Pro Golf Tour in 2010, wasn’t fazed by the ultra-tough layout in the Valero Texas Open on Thursday. The former NGA Tour member carved up TPC San Antonio with nine birdies and no bogeys en route to setting the course record with a 63 and pulling out to a three-shot lead.
Every’s round broke the previous record of 64 held by NGA alums Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy and put the University of Florida alumnus in good position to pick up his first PGA Tour victory.
Former NGA Tour member and British Open champion Ben Curtis also got off to a nice start on Thursday, shooting a 5-under 67 to finish the opening round in third place, four shots off the lead.
Alum Derek Lamely, who played on the NGA Tour in 2007-08, had six birdies and two bogeys in the opening round to finish with a 4-under 68 and a share of fourth place.
David Mathis, who played three seasons on the NGA Tour, finished the opening round tied for ninth at 3-under par, while alums Tommy Biershenk and Kyle Reifers carded 2-under 70s and were T11 following the first round.
Billy Hurley III, a 2011 NGA Tour member, got off to the best start of his rookie season on the PGA Tour, shooting a 1-under 71. Hurley is tied for 18th with NGA’ers Spencer Levin, William McGirt, Mark Anderson, Marco Dawson, Blake Adams, Ryan Palmer, Skip Kendall, Kevin Streelman, Martin Flores, Garth Mulroy and John Rollins.
Fellow 2011 NGA Tour members Ted Potter and Russell Knox, along with 2011 player Brian Harman, opened with even-par 72s to earn a share of 35th following play on Thursday.
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Alums Searching for 16th PGA win in last 12 months -
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - April 18, 2012 - So far in 2012, NGA Pro Golf Tour alumni have made up well over 60 percent of each Nationwide Tour field and racked up four wins in six events. But the main goal of every golfer is to succeed on the PGA Tour, and NGA alums seem to have no problem making it to the final rung on the golfing ladder, either.
In this week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Texas, nearly half of the field has ties to the NGA Tour, including five 2011 members.
In addition to 72 alums, 2011 members Russell Knox, Ted Potter Jr., Will Claxton, Billy Hurley and Diego Velasquez are part of the 156-player field competing at TPC San Antonio this week.
Knox, Potter, Claxton and Hurley will continue their rookie seasons on PGA Tour, while Velasquez, a Nationwide Tour member, will be making his first PGA Tour start of the season.
Claxton, a seven-year NGA veteran, has shined the brightest of the group during the first half of the season. The Auburn alumnus has made six of nine cuts and picked up three top-25s, including a career-best T9. With the stellar start, Claxton is 108th on the PGA Tour money list.
Potter, a two-time NGA Player of the Year, kicked his season off in style with a T13 in the Sony Open, but the seven-time NGA winner has failed to crack the top 30 since. Potter is ranked 11th in the rookie standings and sits 126 on the money list.
Hurley, who has one NGA Tour victory, and Knox, a two-time NGA Tour winner, will be looking to jumpstart their rookie seasons. Hurley has made three of nine cuts this season, while Knox is 1 for 7 in cuts made. Knox, however, does come into the event with a little momentum after finishing T7 in the Nationwide Tour’s TPC Stonebrae Championship last week.
Velasquez, who joined the NGA Tour in 2010 after a decorated collegiate career at Oregon State, also posted a solid showing in the TPC Stonebrae, finishing T26. Velasquez, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, will be making his second career start on the PGA Tour.
In the last calendar year, NGA Tour alumni have racked up an impressive two majors and 15 overall wins on the PGA Tour. Based on the experts, several NGA’ers should be in contention this week as well.
Kevin Streelman, a former NGA Tour winner, holds down the No. 7 spot in the PGATour.com’s Power Rankings for the Texas Open. The 2007 NGA Opelika Classic champion enters the event with three top-20s in his last seven starts on the PGA Tour. Last year, the Duke alumnus finished T15 in the Texas Open.
Alum Kevin Na is ranked 11th following his T8 in the RBC Heritage; former NGA winner Brandt Jobe is ranked 12th based on his T15 last season in his home state; former player Boo Weekley is ranked 13th after posting a T6 finish last week; and alum Matt Bettencourt is 15th in the rankings after posting his best finish (T6) of the season in the RBC Heritage.
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NGA Tour alumni in Valero Texas Open:
Brendon de Jonge
Billy Hurley III
Ted Potter Jr.
Michael Clark II