Rider Grad Brewington Competing in PGA Tournament
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD--The Professional Golfers Association Tour's feeder circuit begins its run at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm with the Neediest Kids Championship, which opens today (Thursday) with a $600,000 purse.
Competing in the 144-player PGA field this week will be Lee Janzen, a former Kemper Open champion as well as two U.S. Opens, hoping to work his way back to full-time status on the PGA Tour.
Patrick Cantlay, a 20-year-old who finished in the top 25 of four PGA Tour events last year as an amateur, and former PGA Tour winners Jason Gore, Woody Austin and Paul Stankowski will also be in action.
So will Rider University graduate Tyler Brewington '08.
A four-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference golfer, Brewington qualified for the tournament on Monday.
"This is great for Tyler's career as a player," said Rider coach Bob Whartenby. "He's been playing well and was able to get in on Monday's qualifier. Hopefully he can play well and get into the weekend in this event."
Brewington completed his Rider career by placing second at the 2008 MAAC Championships as a senior, leading Rider to a second place finish.
At Rider Brewington also had finishes of third, fourth and fifth at MAAC Championships.
During the summer of 2007, Brewington participated in the 107th U.S. Amateur in California after qualifying at the PGA Nationwide Tournament in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
"The U.S. Amateur is the top amateur tournament in the world," Brewington said at that time. "It took four tries but I finally made it. A lot of good players have never qualified for the U.S. Amateur and I didn't want to be one of those guys. Guys like Tiger [Woods], Phil [Mickelson], Arnold [Palmer] and Jack [Nicklaus], golfers you know by first name, they have won this tournament and by getting there you never know what can happen."
Despite shooting only four over par he missed the cut on the PGA Nationwide Tour, finishing six shots over the cut line of two-under par. Brewington placed 117th of 156 golfers with a two-round score of 146. "Even though he missed the cut at the nationwide tournament a couple little tweaks here and there and he's making the cut," Whartenby said. "That proves that he is going to go somewhere."
"What Tyler has done and will do is big, not only for himself but for Rider University and the golf program," said Whartenby. "It's a big step in his career."
During his Rider career Brewington won the Peacock Invitational in the spring of 2007 and in the fall of 2007 was the medalist out of 69 golfers at Mount St. Mary's. He also won at St. Bonaventure and placed second at Bucknell and Cornell and third at Colgate.
In the fall of 2006 he was the medalist at both the Cornell Invitational and the Bucknell Invitational, leading Rider to a first place finish in both 15-team events. Brewington placed runner-up at the St. Bonaventure tournament where he broke the Rider record for a 36-hole score when he shot a 137.
Brewington was the tournament medalist at the 2004 St. Bonaventure Invitational as a Rider rookie.
"I think golf is the hardest game that there is," Brewington said. "It is the only real sport where it is different each time out. No matter where you play basketball, the court is the same. No matter where you play baseball, the field is pretty much the same. But in golf, every course is different. Every day is different."
"Tyler is one of the biggest characters I've ever met in my life," said Whartenby. "He's very upbeat, very out-going. You can pretty much talk to him and tell him anything, he's that type of guy. Everyone looked up to him when he was here. When I first met him I was the assistant coach and he was a freshman. The first ten minutes I met him he was cocky, he said he wanted to beat me, and that's why he is successful. His attitude is bringing him to the top."
"A lot of people don't realize the mental part of golf," Brewington said. "It is unbelievably crazy. I play golf because it is so hard. One day you can go out and have a nice round and think you are on top of the world. The next day a lot of things can go wrong. It is amazing what this game can do to you emotionally, mentally and physically. I play every day of my life and I can't figure it out."