JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2017) – Leading up to this weekend’s 20th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics takes a look back at the rich history of this tournament by releasing a “20th Anniversary Team.”
Starting today and leading up to Friday’s opening round, five players will be announced each day. The 20th Anniversary Team represents the quality of participants this tournament has fielded during its two decades of existence.
“We are excited to release the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate 20th Anniversary Team,” said Executive Director of the Global Sports Leadership Program Dr. Richard Sander. “We have been honored to feature some of the top names in golf throughout the history of this tournament. Coach Warren does an outstanding job bringing in a competitive field each year, and we are looking forward to another great event this weekend.”
Below full listing of the 20th Anniversary Team:
Rhys Davies (ETSU) – Back-to-back winner at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Won in 2005 (11-under-par 205) and 2006 (5-under-par 2006) … Recorded five professional wins (four Challenge Tour and one European Tour) … Defeated Louis Oosthuizen to win the 2010 Trophée Hassan II … Played in the U.S. Open (2010), Open Championship (2009-11) and PGA Championship (2010) … Played in the 2011 World Cup of Golf and 2011 Royal Trophy … Set the course record with a 62 at the 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open … Moved into the top-50 of the Official World Golf Rankings in 2010 … Totaled over € 2 million in career earnings on the European Tour.
Bill Haas (Wake Forest) – Two-time winner of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (2002 & 2003) … Played in the tournament all four years (2000-03) … Posted a 1-under-par 215 to earn co-medalist honors in 2002, while firing a 10-under-par 206 to claim the outright win in 2003 … Seven professional wins (six on PGA Tour) … Won the 2015 Humana Challenge, 2013 AT&T National, 2012 Northern Trust Open, 2011 Tour Championship, 2010 Viking Classic and 2010 Bob Hope Classic … Played in three Presidents Cup (2011, 2013, 2015) … Played in 33 majors (making 24 cuts), while totaling 10 top-25s, two top-10s and a top-5 finish in the majors … Finished tied for fifth at this year’s U.S. Open and tied for ninth at the 2016 Open Championship … Has totaled of $28 million in career earnings.
Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech) – Played in the 1998 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where he finished tied for 14th at 1-under-par 215 … Registered 13 professional wins, while earning the 2010 Byron Nelson Award, 2010 Vardon Trophy (PGA Tour scoring leader) and was the 2010 PGA Tour leading money winner … Won the 2014 RBC Heritage, 2013 Memorial Tournament, 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, 2012 Players Championship, 2010 Barclays, 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship and 2002 Honda Classic … Won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics … Played on four Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016), four Presidents Cup (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and two World Cup of Golf (2011 and 2013) … Posted top-10 finishes at all four major tournaments – runner up at the 2017 Open Championship, tied for third at 2012 Masters, tied for sixth at 2010 U.S. Open and tied for seventh at PGA Championship … Has totaled of $41 million in career winnings.
Luke Donald (Northwestern) – Played in the 2000 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where he finished tied for 11th … Recorded 17 professional wins, including five on the PGA Tour … Won the 2012 Transitions Championship, 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, 2006 Honda Classic and 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic … Named 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year, 2011 PGA Tour leading money winner and earned the 2011 Vardon Trophy … Finished tied for third at the 2005 Masters and 2006 PGA Championship, finished tied for fifth at the 2009 and 2012 Open Championship and tied for eighth at the 2013 U.S. Open … Played in the 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup and 2004, 2005 and 2006 World Cup of Golf … Has earned over $35 million in career winnings on the PGA Tour and over € 17 million on the European Tour.
Graeme McDowell (UAB) – Played in the 1999 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where he finished tied for 25th … Recorded 14 professional wins (three PGA, 10 European Tour, one Asian Tour) … Won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba and 2013 RBC Heritage … Won 2010 European Tour Golfer of the Year Award … Finished tied for fifth at the 2012 Open Championship and tied for 10th at 2009 PGA Championship … Played in 47 major tournaments, posting 16 top-25 finishes, five top-10s, three top-5s and the win at the U.S. Open … Played on four Ryder Cup teams (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) and in five World Cup of Golf tournaments (2008-09, 2011, 2013, 2016) … Has totaled over $31 million in career earnings.
Seamus Power (ETSU) – Played in all four of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournaments from 2006-2009 … Top finish came in 2008 (T18), while he helped guide the Bucs to second-place finishes in 2006 and 2008 … Recorded three professional wins, including the 2016 United Leasing & Finance Championship … Represented Ireland in the 2016 Olympics … Finished up his first season on the PGA Tour … Made 19 cuts in 26 events this past season, including a top-10 finish at the RBC Canadian Open … Earned over $1 million in career earnings.
Bryce Molder (Georgia Tech) – Finished tied for third at the inaugural Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (6-under-par 210) in 1998 … Two professional wins, including a victory at the 2011 Frys.com Open … Finished tied for 12th at the 2010 PGA Championship … Posted 29 top-10 finishes, two third-place finishes and one runner-up finish over his PGA Tour career … Totaled over $11 million in career earnings.
Webb Simpson (Wake Forest) – Played in four Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournaments from 2004-07 … Finished tied for third in 2004 at 5-under-par 211) and tied for seventh at 7-under-par 209 in 2007 … Four-time winner on the PGA Tour, including a win at the 2012 U.S. Open (Olympic Club) … The other wins came at the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship and 2011 Wyndham Championship … Played in the 2011 and 2013 Presidents Cup and 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup … During his PGA Tour career, Simpson has posted 99 top-25 finishes and 52 top-10s … Totaled over $25 million in career earnings.
Jason Dufner (Auburn) – Played in the 1999 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Registered eight professional wins (five on PGA Tour) … Won the 2013 PGA Championship at Oakhill Country Club, along with this year’s Memorial Tournament, the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge, 2012 Byron Nelson Championship and 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans … Posted three top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open and three top-10s at the PGA Championship … Totaled over $24 million in career earnings.
Lucas Glover (Clemson) – Played in three Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournaments … Finished runner-up at inaugural tournament in 1998 (8-under-par 208) … He and teammate Jonathan Byrd finished one-two in the tournament to guide Clemson to the team win … Also played in 1999 and 2000 (finished tied for 16th in both tournaments) … Six professional wins (three on the PGA Tour) … Won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, while winning the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship and 2005 FUNAI Classic … Played in the 2007 and 2009 Presidents Cup … Finished fifth at the 2009 PGA Championship and tied for 12th at the Open Championship … Totaled over $19 million in career earnings.
Jonathan Byrd (Clemson) – Earned medalist honors of the inaugural tournament in 1998 as he fired a 9-under-par 207 (67-70-70) en route to also leading Clemson to the team title … Five-time winner on the PGA Tour and was named the 2002 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year … Won the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2010 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2007 John Deere Classic, 2004 B.C. Open and 2002 Buick Challenge … Finished tied for eighth at the 2003 Masters and tied for 15th at the 2003 U.S. Open … Played in 19 majors with four top-25 finishes … Has totaled over $18 million in career earnings.
Matt Every (Florida) – Played in the 2003 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where he finished tied for ninth, while helping guide Florida to the team title … Two-time winner on the PGA Tour … Won back-to-back titles at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (2014, 2015) … Posted 18 top-10 finishes, including two runner-ups and two third-place finishes on the PGA Tour … Has totaled over $9 million in career earnings.
Anthony Kim (Oklahoma) – Earned runner-up honors at the 2004 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where he shot a 6-under-par 210 (68-68-74) … Three-time PGA Tour winner, while also being on the 2008 Ryder Cup and 2009 Presidents Cup teams … Won the 2010 Shell Houston Open, 2008 AT&T National and 2008 Wachovia Championship … Finished third at the 2010 Masters, while posting two top-10 finishes at The Open Championship … Tied for fifth in 2011 and tied for seventh in 2008 … Has recorded 43 top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour, including 22 top-10, seventh third-place and four runner-up finishes … Has totaled over $12 million in career earnings.
Kevin Kisner (Georgia) – Played in the 2003 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Recorded two career wins on the PGA Tour … Defeated Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Sean O’Hair by one stroke at this year’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational, while winning his first PGA Tour event at the 2015 RSM Classic … Finished tied for seventh at this year’s PGA Championship … Was a part of the 2017 Presidents Cup team for the United States … Finished runner-up at the 2015 World Golf Championships HSBC Champions … Has posted 24 top-10 finishes, one third-place and six runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour … Has totaled over $13 million in career earnings.
Carl Pettersson (NC State) – Played in the 1999 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Recorded six professional wins (five PGA Tour, one European Tour) … Won the 2012 RBC Heritage, 2010 RBC Canadian Open, 2008 Wyndham Championship, 2006 Memorial and 2005 Chrysler Championship … Represented Sweden in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup of Golf … Played in 30 majors, registering six top-25 finishes, three top-10s, a top-5 and a third-place finish … Finished tied for third at the 2012 PGA Championship … Has totaled over $22 million in career earnings.
Brendon de Jonge (Virginia Tech) – Finished tied for sixth at the 2002 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Won the 2008 Xerox Classic … Posted seven top 10 finishes in 2010, which placed him 34th on the PGA Tour money list … Appeared in 10 major championships … Named 2008 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year … Recorded over $12 million in career earnings.
Adrian Meronk (ETSU) – Four-time participant at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate; Earned medalist honors in the 2015 event after finishing with a score of 7-under-par 209 (74-66-69), while placing third in 2014 … Earned back-to-back Southern Conference Player of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015 … Two-time PING and Golfweek All-American, while being a two-time Palmer Cup participant … Meronk ranked as high as No. 9 on the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and 11th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings … Recorded five collegiate wins … Meronk is currently playing on the Challenge Tour.
D.J. Trahan (Clemson) – Played in the 2000 and 2001 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Top finish came in 2001 where he finished tied for 20th at even-par 216 (75-70-71) … Has recorded three professional wins (two PGA, one Web.com Tour) … Won the 2006 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and 2004 Miccosukee Championship … Finished tied for fourth at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines … Has totaled over $10 million in career earnings.
Camilo Villegas (Florida) – Helped guide Florida to the 2003 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate title as he finished tied for second at 6-under-par 210 (69-70-71) … Has totaled four career wins and 38 top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour … Won the 2014 Wyndham Championship, 2010 Honda Classic, 2008 Tour Championship and 2008 BMW Championship … Finished fourth at the 2008 PGA Championship and tied for ninth at the 2008 U.S. Open … Has totaled over $19 million in career earnings.
Gary Woodland (Kansas) – Played in the 2004 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Recorded two wins on the PGA Tour, while finishing tied for 12th at the 2016 Open Championship and 2011 PGA Championship … Won the 2011 Transitions Championship and the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open … He and Matt Kuchar won the 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup … Finished second in 2015 World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play Championship (defeated by Rory McIlroy, 4-2) … Has totaled over $16 million in career earnings.
The players on the 20th Anniversary Team were chosen based on their play at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and what they have accomplished on the professional level.
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