The 25 from 2016

WinCo Foods Portland Open Grads Off to Solid Start on 2017 PGA TOUR













“The 25” first came to Portland in 2014 and these Tour graduates have gone on to immediate and sustained success. Notable alums from the class of 2014 include Justin Thomas (2 PGA TOUR Wins) and Daniel Berger (2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year). From the class of 2015 Smylie Kaufman and Peter Malnati each notched wins on the PGA TOUR within 10 weeks of teeing it up in Portland. “The 25” from 2016 have already begun to make their presence felt on the PGA TOUR this year, get to know the Portland class of ’16 below!

  1. Wesley Bryan—Won three times on the Tour in 2016 to earn an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR. The Tour Player of the Year became just the 11th player in history to earn his PGA TOUR Card via the three win promotion.
  2. Richy Weresnki—Won the hit Golf Channel show “Big Break” Palm Beaches season. Finished T-11 in Portland to safely secure his PGA TOUR Card.
  3. J. Spaun—Coming off a win the week before Portland Spaun continued his fine form here with a T-11 finish to earn his PGA TOUR Card and carry momentum into the Tour finals.
  4. Ryan Brehm—Entered the week ranked 30th on the Money List and needed a big week to move inside The 25. Brehm did not disappoint as he fired a final round 68 to finish off a one stroke victory.
  5. Martin Flores—Off to a strong start on the PGA TOUR season after earning his PGA TOUR Card in Portland. Flores tied for 12th while fellow Alum Cody Gribble earned his first career victory at the same event.
  6. Ollie Schneiderjans—Coming off of a historic amateur career that saw him hold the #1 ranking for 41 consecutive weeks Schniederjans lived up to the hype in 2016 hovering around the Money List lead for the entire season.
  7. Dominic Bozzelli—Used a quartet of top ten’s to secure his spot inside “The 25.” These flashes of brilliance were enough to earn the New York native his PGA TOUR Card.
  8. Trey Mullinax—Alabama to Portland to PGA TOUR stardom. It proved a successful path for 2014 Portland Alum Justin Thomas, and his college teammate Mullinax appears poised to follow in those footsteps. Nerves did not appear to be an issue in his first PGA TOUR start after Portland as Mullinax played his way to a T-22 finish at the season opening Safeway Open.
  9. Seamus Power—A childhood friend of Rory McIlroy the Irishman will tee it up alongside his old pal on the PGA TOUR after a strong T-11 finish in Portland. Power represented his homeland in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  10. J.T. Poston—From Monday qualifier to PGA TOUR member. Poston secured a tee time at the United Leasing and Finance Championship by qualifying the previous Monday and never looked back. He would finish the event T-23 and turned in a third place finish the week after that.
  11. Cheng Tsung Pan—Finished his season on a high note with a T-4 finish in Portland. All the more impressive considering he had just returned from Brazil where he represented Chinese Taipei in golf’s return to the Olympics.
  12. Ryan Armour—The journeyman and former Ohio State Buckeye wasted little time in beginning his 2016 bid for a PGA TOUR Card. Armour won the season opening Panama Claro Championship and never looked back.
  13. Jonathan Randolph—Three top five finishes will earn you a PGA TOUR Card as Randolph learned. His consistent play continued in Portland where he finished T-11 at 11-under par.
  14. Brad Fritsch—The Canadian and avid Ottawa Senators fan had a steady 2016 campaign to find himself safely in The 25. Fritsch, who says he never broke par as a high school golfer has come quite a long way as he is a PGA TOUR member.
  15. Brian Campbell—Without winning a tournament on the Tour it takes a remarkable amount of consistency to remain in The 25. That’s exactly how Campbell found himself with a PGA TOUR Card in Portland. Brian’s season included two runner up finishes in addition to three other top 10’s. Steady as he goes, Campbell will look to continue that consistency on the PGA TOUR in 2017.
  16. Ryan Anderson—A roller coaster is the only way to describe Anderson’s week in Portland. With his wife due to deliver their child any day Anderson was able to keep his focus between the ropes and secure a second place finish. Fast forward and Ryan is a PGA TOUR member with a healthy baby boy.
  17. Mackenzie Hughes—Another Canadian, the young gun broke through at the perfect moment winning the week before the regular season finale in Portland. Hughes then survived the cut line to ensure his place in The 25 Card ceremony on Sunday afternoon. As for his PGA TOUR career? Not a bad start… Hughes emerged from a five man playoff at the RSM Classic to win before we the calendar year was over.
  18. Grayson Murray—Another player who heated up at the right time. Murray finished no worse than T-32 in 7 of his last 8 starts including a third place finish and victory in the Tour finals. Since earning his PGA TOUR Card Murray earned his first Top-10 in just his second start at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
  19. Brandon Hagy—Standing at just 5’11” Hagy packs a punch averaging 316 yards off the tee in 2016. This served him well en route to five top-10 finishes throughout the season, enough to land him 19th on the Money List and leaving Portland with his PGA TOUR Card.
  20. Julian Etulain—It was a long road to the PGA TOUR for Etulain. After 47 starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and 63 on the Tour Julian finds himself with a PGA TOUR Card and a well deserved one at that.
  21. Nicholas Lendheim—Everyone has their own path to the PGA TOUR, few have had a more unique one that Lendheim. After picking up golf for the first time in 2003, three year laters Lindheim turned pro. It was not always easy, Nicholas even considered giving up the game earlier in the 2016 season, shortly after electing to press on he broke through for his maiden victory at the Utah Championship.
  22. Sebastian Munoz—Winning on the Tour is quite the challenge, let alone winning a “home game.” That’s exactly what the Columbian did by winning the Club Colombia Championship in February. Munoz would never look back and finds himself on the PGA TOUR for the 2016-17 season.
  23. Max Homa—Some players forged ahead and solidified their position inside The 25. Others had to watch from the sidelines to learn their fate—Homa rebounded from an opening round 75 with a round of 66 but fell on the wrong side of the cut line. After falling in and out of The 25 based on other player’s performances Homa eventually landed in the 23rd slot and is a PGA TOUR member just three years after turning pro in 2013.
  24. Rick Lamb—The former University of Tennessee Volunteer entered the weekend on the outside looking in. Knowing he had no room for error Lamb calmly posted rounds of 69-68 to jump into The 25 with a T-19 finish in Portland.
  25. Joel Dahmen—Every year there is a “bubble boy” at the WinCo Foods Portland Open. Dahmen took that honor this year, after falling outside of the cut line his PGA TOUR status was out of his hands. Over the weekend the chips fell Dahmen’s way and saw him as the last player posing with his PGA TOUR Card for the upcoming season.

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