Monday, February 12, 2024
The Genesis Invitational Collegiate Showcase is an exciting opportunity for a collegiate golfer to play their way into The Genesis Scottish Open field while allowing universities to compete for a $50,000 donation to support their golf program. The Collegiate Showcase allows your golf program to experience Riviera during one of the PGA TOUR’s Signature events, while awarding the winning collegiate golfer the opportunity to compete in a co-sanctioned PGA TOUR & DP World Tour event outside of your college golf season.
First held in 2015, the Collegiate Showcase will be contested for the 10th time in 2024.
What is the Collegiate Showcase?
- The Collegiate Showcase features a standout collegiate golfer paired with three amateurs representing a college/university competing in both a team and individual competition.
- The team’s three amateurs play a best-ball round with the top three-person team winning a $50,000 donation to the school’s golf program.
- The low collegiate golfer will earn an exemption into the 2024 Genesis Scottish Open
- Collegiate Showcase registration fee of $30,000 per team / $10,000 per amateur. Can be paid by alumni/donors, or the university.
Benefits to receiving an exemption into the Genesis Scottish Open:
- PGA TOUR U points.
- Possibility of playing for qualifying into The Open (Final Qualifying for The Open is the week prior to the Genesis Scottish Open).
- Player can turn professional and play as a pro in the tournament.
- Playing in a co-sanctioned PGA TOUR & DP World Tour event
- Playing in an elite field that drew 8 of the top 10 in the world in 2023, and continues to grow in stature.
To build upon the tournament’s history of inclusion, The Genesis Invitational will annually select a collegiate golfer as the Pathway Player. This special invitation into the Collegiate Showcase will be awarded to a player with a minority background who is excelling on the golf course and academically. Ethan Mangum of the College of William & Mary was named the inaugural Pathway Player in 2022. Gregory Odom Jr. of Howard University was named the 2023 Pathway Player.
Texas Tech University senior Jack Wall defeated University of Kentucky’s Alex Goff on the second playoff hole to win the 2023 Collegiate Showcase to earn the final exemption into The Genesis Invitational. Wall went birdie-eagle on Riviera’s 10th and 11th holes in the playoff to secure the win. With the win, Wall made his PGA TOUR debut. Wall and Goff each carded even-par 71 over 18 holes of regulation. The two-man playoff was the second in Collegiate Showcase history (the first playoff was in 2021).
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest sophomore Michael Brennan set a Collegiate Showcase shooting a five-under-par 66 to earn the final exemption into The Genesis Invitational. Brennan used a birdie-eagle stretch on the 10th and 11th holes to separate himself from the largest field in the eight-year history of the Collegiate Showcase. Brennan, a Leesburg, Va. native who ranked No. 19 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the time of his victory, became the second Wake Forest player to win the Collegiate Showcase joining Will Zalatoris (2015), who played in Brennan’s group during the 2022 showcase.
Arizona State University
University of Minnesota senior Angus Flanagan won The Genesis Invitational’s seventh-annual Collegiate Showcase with a 15-foot birdie putt on the third sudden-death playoff hole (No. 3, Par-4, 434 yards) to earn an exemption into the 2021 tournament. The first playoff in the history of the Collegiate Showcase, San Francisco’s Tim Widing experienced agony and jubilation, as he too received an exemption into the field after a withdrawal later in the week. For Flanagan, the start at Riviera was his second PGA TOUR start while Widing made his PGA TOUR debut.
University of Wyoming
On a picturesque day at The Riviera Country Club, 13 collegiate golfers were tested not only by the difficulty of the course but by the wind. San Jose State University’s Sean Yu posted the low score of 1-under-par 70, to earn an exemption into The Genesis Invitational. Yu earned a two-shot victory over second-place finishers Allen Hamilton (University of Kentucky) and Spencer Soosman (University of Texas). Competing with Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption recipient Joseph Bramlett on Monday, Yu would go on to play the first two rounds of the tournament with Bramlett later in the week.
University of Southern California
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That method worked for Kentucky’s Lukas Euler who after finishing T2 in the 2018 Collegiate Showcase, earned a three-stroke victory in the 2019 competition. Euler, a junior at the University of Kentucky, posted a four-under-par 67 and was one of only two players to break par; Oklahoma State’s Hayden Wood was the other. The victory for Euler on Monday at Riviera would be a sign of things to come that week. Kentucky alumni and Euler’s Monday playing partner J.B. Holmes would emerge victorious on Sunday in the Genesis Open.
San Jose State University
University of Texas senior Scottie Scheffler shot a 3-under-par 68 at The Riviera Country Club on Monday to win the 2018 Collegiate Showcase and earn an exemption into the 144-player field at Riviera. The start in the Genesis Open marked Scheffler’s fifth PGA TOUR start and first since he finished as the top amateur in the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, tying for 27th (1-under-par 287). Scheffler posted a six-shot victory over a trio tied in second place that included Texas teammates Doug Ghim and Spencer Soosman along with Kentucky’s Lukas Euler.
University of Texas
Less than 15 miles from the campus of Pepperdine University is The Riviera Country Club. getting from one to the other is so easy, there are only two turns. That ease would be shared by Pepperdine sophomore Sahith Theegala as he earned an exemption into the Genesis Open by virtue of his one-shot victory in the Collegiate Showcase. Theegala would get a preview of Riviera during the week as he went on to compete in the 2017 US Amateur Championship, also held at Riviera. Theegala made it to the round of 32 later that summer, eventually falling to Doug Ghim, the tournament’s runner up. After making the cut, Theegala finished T49.
With a bogey-free score of 68, the University of Illinois senior Charlie Danielson bested 13 other collegiate golfers to earn a start at Riviera in 2016. The three-under-par score vaulted Danielson to a three-shot victory over the defending champion Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest University) and Johnathan Garrick (UCLA). Danielson wasn’t done making highlights at Riviera as he followed up his bogey-free 68 in the Collegiate Showcase with a four-under-par 67 in the first round of competition on Thursday. After making the cut, Danielson finished T72.
University of Texas
Freshmen don’t lack experience. That’s what Will Zalatoris showed in the inaugural Collegiate Showcase as he carded a four-under-par 67 to earn the exemption into the 144-player field later in the week. Zalatoris was the only player to break par and finished five-strokes ahead of Arizona’s George Cunningham who finished in second place.
University of Oregon
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COLLEGIATE SHOWCASE | TWO CONTESTS
During The Genesis Invitational Collegiate Showcase, there are two different competitions taking place. First, a college golfer is competing to earn an exemption into the Genesis Scottish Open field. The second contest features a team competition where three amateurs representing their alma mater compete in a team best ball contest which awards a $50,000 donation to the winning golf program.
For more information on the Collegiate Showcase or to register your team, please contact Anthony LaFica by email or by calling 310-573-5810