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101 NGA Alums in Final Stage, 62 of Which Competed on the NGA Tour in 2013

Myrtle Beach, SC, December 15, 2013 --( Hundreds of NGA Tour alumni have gone on to play at golf's highest levels and this week 101 more will be looking to join them. The Qualifying Tournament Final Stage begins Thursday December 12th and runs through Tuesday December 17th and, once again, the NGA Tour will have more past and current players competing in the event than any other developmental tour in the world. The event, nicknamed "Groundhog Day" by competitors because of it's resemblance to the Bill Murray classic movie in which the same day repeats itself over and over again, is a grueling marathon of 6 rounds of golf spread over six days.

With a hundred and one NGA Tour alums in this year's field, this will be the first year the NGA Tour has topped the 100 player mark in the event. Last year the NGA Tour had 87 players make the 165 player final stage field or 52.7% of the field. This year the field is set at 152 players so, not only did the NGA better their total number of alums in the field by 14 players, the percentage of NGA Tour players in the field jumped to an amazing 66.4% justifying the NGA's place as the number one developmental tour in golf. What's even more incredible is 62 of the NGA Tour alums in the field competed on the NGA in 2013. That's more than the next two closest developmental tours in the world combined, who had 33 and 19 each respectively. And what makes the feat even more incredible is the NGA is the only tour of the three which does not get automatic spots into Final Stage.

Past NGA Tour players like Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Kevin Streelman, Tommy Gainey, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, Michael Thompson, and many many more have gone on to find success at golf's highest levels after having navigated successfully through Q School. This year's crop is led by 2013 NGA Tour Player of the Year Jon Curran. Curran, who played collegiately at Vanderbilt, had 3 wins on the NGA in 2013 on his way to over $100,000 in earnings. In fact, the next 3 from this year's NGA Pro Series money list made Final Stage including Justin Lower, who won this year's NGA Tour event exemption into the Reno-Tahoe Open, Blayne Barber, the 2013 NGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and Matt Hendrix, who won the NGA Tour event exemption into the Utah Championship this year. Altogether 39 2013 NGA Tour "members" made it into Final Stage reaffirming the NGA Tour as the top place for young professionals to develop their game as they prepare to compete at golf's highest levels.

NGA Tour alums in Final Stage

1 Adam Mitchell
2 Andres Echavarria
3 Andy Pope
4 Blayne Barber
5 Brad Schneider
6 Brandon Bunn
7 Brent Long
8 Brent Witcher
9 Brett Lederer
10 Brian Maurer
11 Bronson Burgoon
12 Cam Burke
13 Carlos Sainz Jr
14 Casey Clendenon
15 Chase Wright
16 Chris Baker
17 Chris Thompson
18 Chris Bray
19 Chris Epperson
20 Chris Scialo
21 Chris B. Brown
22 Christian Brand
23 Cole Howard
24 Connor Arendell
25 Darron Stiles
26 David Skinns
27 Derek Fathauer
28 Derek Tolan
29 Derek Gillespie
30 Devin Carrey
31 Doug Letson
32 Frank Adams
33 Garrett Osborn
34 Harold Varner, III
35 Hugo Leon
36 Jake Scott
37 James Sacheck
38 Jamison Sindelar
39 Jared Wolfe
40 Jason Millard
41 Jeff Klauk
42 Jeff Curl
43 Jeff Gove
44 Joe Panzeri
45 Joey McLister
46 Johnny DelPrete
47 Jon Curran
48 Jonas Enander Hedin
49 Jonathan Fricke
50 Jonathan Randolph
51 Jose Toledo
52 Josh Broadaway
53 Josh Anderson
54 Julian Etulain
55 Justin Lower
56 Justin Hueber
57 Kevin Aylwin
58 Logan Blondell
59 Manuel Villegas
60 Mark Blakefield
61 Mark Silvers
62 Matt Hendrix
63 Matt Ryan
64 Matt Fast
65 Matt Hughes
66 Max Gilbert
67 Michael Hebert
68 Michael Connell
69 Mike Ballo, Jr.
70 Mitch Krywulycz
71 Nathan Tyler
72 Neil Johnson
73 Nicholas Lindheim
74 Nick Taylor
75 Olin D. Browne, Jr.
76 Patrick Sheehan
77 Riley Wheeldon
78 Rob Oppenheim
79 Roberto Diaz
80 Roger Tambellini
81 Ryan Sullivan
82 Ryan Thornberry
83 Ryan Armour
84 Sam Saunders
85 Sam Beach
86 Sebastian L. Saavedra
87 Shawn Jasper
88 Steve Saunders
89 Sunny Kim
90 T.J. Vogel
91 Ted Purdy
92 Tim O'Neal
93 Tony Finau
94 Travis Bertoni
95 Tyler McCumber
96 Vince India
97 Will Strickler
98 Yohann Benson
99 Zack Byrd
100 Zack Sucher
101 Zack Fischer

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