Former left fielder whose dream of playing for the Atlanta Braves never came to fruition. Instead, worked my way through college and got a degree in journalism, pulling off a rare feat: working in the field of my degree. Began working at The Augusta Chronicle in 1998 and have covered many exceptional events since then (12 Masters Tournaments, the 2001 PGA Championship, 1998 Peach Bowl, 2002, 2010 and 2011 SEC Championships, two of USC Aiken's three golf national championships, Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I golf national championships and four of Augusta State's Division II Elite Eight appearances (men-2008-2010; women-2004) and 12 Augusta Futurities -- along with myriad high school state championship games). In 2008, had a streak of 100 consecutive days of stories in the paper (from January-April). Honored to win first place in the Georgia Press Association's Sports Writing contest in 2009. I live in Augusta with my beautiful wife and our wonderful triplets.
 
Posted June 27, 2012 09:38 am - Updated June 27, 2012 02:35 pm

Mid-year look at Augusta-area professional golfers

With two majors down and two to go, the PGA Tour is halfway through its season, and some of the Augusta-area players have work to do to retain their PGA Tour card for the 2013 season. Here's a mid-season look at Augusta-area players (and those who played at Augusta State and USC Aiken) on their respective professional tours. If someone is not in the top 200 on their respective money list, then they are not listed. And if I missed someone, please let me know (chris.gay@augustachronicle.com) and I'll update in the near future.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Charles Howell, 59th on the money list, $896,483. Had a great conversation with Charles in March at the Honda Classic. He seems to have found added happiness being a father of two. Though he's missed three of his past five cuts, look for him to bounce back and finish the year strong.

 

Blake Adams, 92nd on the money list, $627,017. With three consecutive top-30 finishes, the Swainsboro resident is putting together a solid year.

 

Brian Gay, 96th, $618,043. Only posted one sub-70 round in past 21 rounds.

 

Vaughn Taylor, 113th, $462,618. Recorded best finish last week with a tie for 11th at Travelers Championship with closing rounds of 65-65.

 

Will Claxton, 115th, $453,062. Added biggest check of the year ($102,000) with T-15 at Travelers Championship.

 

Kevin Kisner, 157th, $198,854. Despite a missed cut at the Travelers Championship, Kisner seems to be hitting his stride.

 

Scott Brown, 177th, $148,749. In his rookie season, former USC Aiken star is seeking a breakthrough after making just two of 14 cuts.

 

Patrick Reed (non-member), $130,790. Former Augusta State star is 4-for-4 in Monday qualifiers and is seventh in non-member earnings -- he needs to reach $411,943 in PGA Tour earnings to earn exempt status for the rest of the year. Don't be surprised if he makes a run at playing his way onto the PGA Tour with a favorable schedule in the next four months.

 

NATIONWIDE TOUR

Scott Parel, 23rd on money list, $89,509. The 47-year-old Cinderella kid is on pace to graduate to the PGA Tour for the 2013 season. Will need to continue to play well the rest of the season (15 tournaments).

Matt Hendrix, 85th, $24,406. Despite eight missed cuts in 11 events this year, his tie for sixth earlier this year provided a big boost.

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Larry Mize, 23rd on money list, $363,647. Former Masters Tournament champ having a solid year with nine top-25 showings.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Scott Jamieson, 72nd, 182,491 euros

Jamie Elson, 77th, 166,466 euros

Oliver Wilson, 126th, 79,957 euros

 

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR

James Heath, 43rd, 14,492 euros

 

NGA TOUR

Major Manning, 87th on money list, $6,564

Kyle Bradley, 161st, $2,443

 

EGOLF TOUR

Mitch Krywulycz, 16th on money list, $31,009. Top 20 members at the end of the season will have their PGA Tour Q-School paid for. That's a big incentive for Krywulycz to continue his hot play.

David Robinson, 26th, $20,254

Henrik Norlander, 41st, $14,696

Stephen Poole, 46th, $13,085

Alex Hamilton, 76th, $6,478

Roberto Diaz, 109th, $4,821

Scott Usher, 158th, $2,533

Jake Amos, 166th , $2,313

 

GATEWAY PRO TOUR

Ryan Dillon, 5th on money list, $24,479.