Tide trio, Cowboys duo set to turn pro
Alabama’s three decorated seniors are headed to the pro ranks. Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett are expected to sign with Lagardere Unlimited, the group that represents Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker, and plan to reside and play at Sea Island, Ga., joining several other touring pros.
Wyatt will make his pro debut at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., on June 19-22, and from there, he’ll try to get a few other starts where he can.
“It’s going to be a different summer for me, starting off without a schedule,” Wyatt said.
Whitsett is expected to take a different route, looking to earn a card through playing Web.com Tour events, where he’ll try to make enough in earnings to get to the Web.com Tour Finals, a series that begins in late August. First up, though, is a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying tournament in Houston, his hometown, on June 2. The left-hander used his exemption as a member of last fall’s U.S. Walker Cup team to bypass U.S. Open Local Qualifying, so he must stay amateur in order to compete at the U.S. Open, which will be played at Pinehurst No. 2.
After that, though, he could get Web.com starts in Wichita, Kan. (Air Capital Classic), Newburgh, Ind. (United Leasing Championship, which has extended an invite), and the Cleveland Open (Westlake, Ohio). He could make his PGA Tour pro debut at the John Deere Classic on July 10-13 in Silvis, Ill.
Trey Mullinax, who knocked in the winning putt for Alabama against Oklahoma State in Wednesday’s NCAA Championship final at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., will stay amateur to represent the U.S. in the upcoming Palmer Cup (June 26-28) at Walton Heath in England. He intends to turn pro afterward.
“They have the brightest future starting tomorrow,” said Alabama coach Jay Seawell, who has known all three of his seniors since they were 15 or younger, after the Crimson Tide's victory Wednesday. “I’m like a proud father. I’m not their dad, just their coach, but I cannot wait to watch them fly.”
Oklahoma State had two seniors in Wednesday’s final match, and both will be turning pro.
“I’m a pro as of right now,” Talor Gooch said Wednesday evening at Prairie Dunes after playing his last round in OSU orange. He'll be represented by Empire Sports. He’ll be taking part in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Memphis, Tenn., on June 2, and is looking to make his pro debut at the Web.com’s Cleveland Open. Ian Davis, a leader who worked his way onto the Cowboys squad as a walk-on, also will turn pro.
“Talor and Ian are seniors, but they can leave here proud of their careers at Oklahoma State,” said Cowboys coach Alan Bratton, “and I hope they roll into their professional careers and kill it out there.”
Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers, this year’s Ben Hogan Award winner as the game’s outstanding college/amateur player, will be leaving the Cardinal after three seasons and making his pro debut at the Travelers. Stanford teammate Cameron Wilson, a recent graduate, may also make his first start there, but also received an exemption into the John Deere Classic on Thursday, the tournament revealed in a release. Rodgers will be represented by Wasserman Golf.