Top collegiate golfers take on Riviera
The 2018 Genesis Open kicks off its tournament week at The Riviera Country Club on Monday, Feb. 12 with its Collegiate Showcase, which teams PGA TOUR professionals playing in the Genesis Open, including world No. 3 Jordan Spieth, with current collegiate stars from the USC, Texas, Kentucky and Washington golf teams.
USC’s Justin Suh, Texas Longhorns Doug Ghim, Scottie Scheffler and Spencer Soosman, Kentucky’s Lukas Euler, and Washington’s Carl Yuan are the college golfers competing in the Collegiate Showcase, which tees off at 8:30 a.m. (gates open at 8 a.m.). Tickets are available at here, starting at $25.
Monday’s Collegiate Showcase features an individual stroke-play competition for the collegiate entries, with the low collegiate golfer earning a spot in the Genesis Open’s 144-player field. Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala (2017), Illinois’ Charlie Danielson (2016) and Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris (2015) won past exemptions into the tournament. Last year, Theegala carded a first-round 4-under-par 68 (three shots off the Genesis Open’s first-round lead) en route to making the cut and finishing T49.
Spieth – a three time major winner with 11 PGA TOUR wins – helped the University of Texas win the 2012 NCAA Team Championship at Riviera. PGA TOUR golfers also representing their alma maters include former Kentucky Wildcat J.B. Holmes, USC alum Jamie Lovemark, Texas products Jhonattan Vegas and Cody Gribble, and Washington’s C.T. Pan.
USC junior Suh, a San Jose native, is the nation’s No. 7 golfer in Golfweek’s Men’s Collegiate Individual Rankings and is ranked No. 13 in the men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 2017 All-Pac-12 first team selection won the CIF State Individual championship in 2014 and was runner-up in the same event in 2015.
Ghim, the 2016-17 Big 12 Player of the Year, was runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Amateur at Riviera and 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links, and is ranked No. 3 in the men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Scheffler, the No. 38 amateur in the world, finished as the top amateur in the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, tying for 27th (1-under-par 287), and tied for third in the 2017 NCAA Individual Championship. Ghim and Scheffler teamed on the victorious United States team in the 46th Walker Cup this past September in Los Angeles. Ghim sported a 4-0 record in Walker Cup play, while Scheffler earned a point over two matches.
Soosman, a Longhorns sophomore by way of Westlake Village, Calif., led Westlake High School to become the first high school to win consecutive CIF State Team championships in 2014 and 2015.
Yuan, a Huskies junior who represents China in golf placed third at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and made the cut in the European Tour’s 2015 Shenzhen International as an 18-year-old. Euler, a junior at Kentucky, competed for Germany at the 2014 European Team Championships.
The six pro-am teams in the Collegiate Showcase are comprised of a PGA TOUR pro, a college golfer and two amateurs representing their alma mater and compete against each other in best-ball play, 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.
Tickets for the 2018 Genesis Open are now on sale. Starting at just $25, all ticket options are available at here.