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NGA TOUR alum Chris Kirk finishes second at Pebble

Three NGA TOUR players picked up top-15 finishes; 2011 NGA TOUR members Ted Potter Jr., Russell Knox finish top 30

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Final Round Updates: 2011 NGA TOUR members Ted Potter, Russell Knox finish top 30 –
 
Pebble Beach, Calif.– February 11, 2013 – Former NGA TOUR player Chris Kirk carded a 6-under 66 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday to finish solo second.
 
Kirk, a former UGA start and 2009 NGA TOUR competitor, started the day in third, but he used eight birdies and two bogeys to reach 17-under par for the tournament en route to a season-best finish. Kirk finished two strokes behind winner Brandt Snedeker.
 
James Driscoll, who played on the NGA TOUR in 2002-03, also earned his best finish of the season in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The University of Virginia alum carded rounds of 72-67-67-69 to finish T9 at 11-under par.
 
Justin Hicks, who played three seasons on the NGA TOUR, closed with a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach on Sunday to jump from T27 into a tie for 12th. Hicks posted rounds of 71-68-70-67 to finish at 10-under par.
 
Ted Potter Jr., a two-time NGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2011 member, completed a solid week with a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish at 9-under par. Potter, who held a share of the 36-hole lead, finished T16 with NGA TOUR alums John Merrick (68), William McGirt (69) and Sean O’Hair (70).
 
NGAers Robert Garrigus (72) and Kevin Na (70) finished T22 at 8-under par, while fellow 2011 NGA TOUR member Russell Knox, who held a share of the 18-hole lead, shot an even-par 72 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 28th at 6-under par.
 
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Third Round Update: NGAer Chris Kirk one shot back going into final round -
 
Pebble Beach, Calif.– February 10, 2013 – Former NGA TOUR player Chris Kirk shot a 6-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to move into solo third at 11-under par.
 
Kirk, who competed on the NGA TOUR in 2009, posted seven birdies and one bogey on Saturday to move from T11 into contention. Kirk, a former University of Georgia star, will start the final round one shot off the lead.
 
Former NGA TOUR players Robert Garrigus and James Driscoll also shot themselves into contention on Moving Day. Garrigus started the day T39 before shooting a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach to move into a tie for sixth. Driscoll jumped 24 spots with a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach on Saturday to join Garrigus at T6.
 
After back-to-back 67s to start the event, Ted Potter Jr., a two-time NGA Player of the Year, slipped down the leaderboard with a 1-over 73 at Spyglass Hill, the toughest of the three courses in the event. But even with the hiccup, the 2011 NGA TOUR member is 7-under par and tied for 11th with fellow NGA TOUR alum Sean O’Hair (70SH) going into the final round.
 
Russell Knox, a 2011 NGA TOUR member, posted a 1-under 71 at Pebble Beach in the third round to reach 6-under par for the event. Knox will start the final round tied for 17th with NGA alums Matt Every (71SH), William McGirt (67MP) and Kevin Na (68MP).
 
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Second Round Update: Seven NGA TOUR alums T11 or better in AT&T –
 
Pebble Beach, Calif.– February 8, 2013 – A day after 2011 NGA TOUR member Russell Knox held a share of the lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, fellow 2011 member Ted Potter Jr. placed his name atop the leaderboard.
 
Potter, a two-time NGA TOUR Player of the Year, backed up his 67 at Pebble Beach in the first round with a 67 at Monterey Peninsula on Friday to reach 8-under par for the event and earn a share of the 36-hole lead with Brandt Snedeker. Potter, a seven-time NGA TOUR winner, posted four birdies, three bogeys and one eagle in the second round in pursuit of the second win on the PGA TOUR.
 
Former NGA TOUR member John Merrick also posted a 67 at Monterey Peninsula to move into a tie for third at 7-under par. After recording a bogey on the opening hole, Merrick rallied back with four birdies and no blemishes the rest of the way around the plush, par-70 layout in the Golden State.
 
Knox, a two-time NGA TOUR winner, struggled a bit on the toughest layout of the three courses, Spyglass Hill, in the second round, but his 1-over 73 only dropped the NGA veteran into a tie for 11th at 5-under par. NGAers Chris Kirk (68PB), Justin Hicks (68PB), Sean O’Hair (67MP) and Matt Every (70MP) are also T11.
 
Former NGA TOUR players Ryuji Imada (73SH), Kevin Streelman (69MP), Kevin Na (72PB) and Brendon de Jonge (71SH) finished the day tied for 17th at 4-under par.
 
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First Round Updates: Three 2011 NGA TOUR members top 10 in AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am -
 
Pebble Beach, Calif.– February 7, 2013 – Less than two years ago, Russell Knox and Ted Potter Jr. were wowing fields and spectators on the NGA TOUR. Now, after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday, the duo proved that their games translate just fine to the PGA TOUR.
 
Knox, a 2011 NGA TOUR member and two-time winner, carded eight birdies and two bogeys at the par-70 Monterey Peninsula Country Club in the first round to earn a share of the lead at 6-under par.
 
Potter Jr., a two-time NGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2011 member, picked up six birdies and one bogey at Pebble Beach in the opening round to finish the day tied for third at 5-under par. Potter, a seven-time NGA TOUR Pro Series winner, was joined at 5-under par with fellow NGA TOUR alums Matt Every (PB), Ryuji Imada (MP) and 2012 NGA TOUR player Scott Langley (MP).
 
Fellow 2011 NGA member Lee Williams furthered the NGA presence on the PGA TOUR leaderboard in the opening round, recording a 4-under 66 at Monterey Peninsula. Williams, a veteran of nearly 50 NGA TOUR starts, is tied for ninth with NGA alums Kevin Na (SH) and John Merrick (PB).
 
NGAers Jeff Gove (PB), Brendon de Jonge (MP), Heath Slocum (PB), Neal Lancaster (MP), Kevin Streelman (PB), Brian Stuard (PB) and former NGA winner Camilo Villegas (MP) finished the day 3-under par and tied for 18th.
 
Casey Wittenberg, who also started the 2011 season on the NGA TOUR, carded a 2-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to join alums Vaughn Taylor (SH), Morgan Hoffmann (PB), Brendon Todd (MP), Jason Kokrak (PB), John Mallinger (MP), Sean O’Hair (PB) and Brian Harman (MP) in a tie for 35th.
 
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NGA TOUR alums clog star-studded event at Pebble Beach-
 
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – February 6, 2013 – Through six PGA TOUR events this season, NGA TOUR alums have earned two victories, one second-place finish and three third-place efforts on the world’s No. 1 tour.
 
Whether or not those stats are improved in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am remains to be seen, but it won’t be from lack of participation as nearly half the PGA TOUR field this week hails from the NGA TOUR.
 
Over 70 players with ties to the NGA TOUR have made the trek to Pebble Beach, Calif., to compete in the 72nd annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. According to the PGATOUR.com’s Power Rankings, former NGA TOUR players Robert Garrigus and Ryan Palmer stand the best chance of upping the NGA alumni’s win total in 2013.
 
Palmer, who played on the NGA TOUR in 2001, comes into the event ranked No. 11. While he’s been hit-or-miss at Pebble Beach, Palmer finished T6 in the Humana Challenge in January and backed it up with a fifth-place effort in last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
Garrigus, who competed on the NGA TOUR in 1998, is also riding a bit of a hot streak coming into Pebble Beach. The long hitter backed up a career-best T6 finish in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines with a T11 effort in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Garrigus, who finished T20 last season at Pebble Beach, is ranked No. 12.
 
Former NGA TOUR members Matt Every and Roberto Castro didn’t make the Power Rankings, but their top-20 finishes at the Phoenix Open should give the duo reason for optimism coming into Pebble Beach.
 
Every, who competed on the NGA TOUR from 2006-10, closed with a 5-under 66 at TPC Scottsdale to finish T9, while Castro, a 2010 NGA TOUR member, carded rounds of 65-68-67-70 to finish T16.
 
Several more recent NGA TOUR graduates will also be looking to make some noise at the star-studded event. NGA alums and PGA TOUR rookies Scott Langley, Robert Streb, Lee Williams, Shawn Stefani and Luke List are all in the field this week.
 
After his T3 finish in the Sony Open, Langley, who competed on the NGA TOUR in 2012, ranks fifth in the PGA TOUR Rookie Rankings coming into Pebble Beach. Streb, a 2012 NGA TOUR member, is ranked No. 9 after making two of three cuts and earning a top-20 finish.
 
Williams, a 2011 NGA TOUR member, has also made two of three cuts during his rookie season and is ranked No. 10; Stefani, a 2011 NGA TOUR member, has made two of four cuts and is ranked No. 13; andList, a 2009 NGA TOUR winner, is also 2-for-4 in cuts made and ranked No. 15 coming into Pebble Beach.
 
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The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.
 
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NGA TOUR alumni in Pebble Beach National Pro-Am:
1.      Matt Bettencourt
2.      Jason Bohn
3.      Justin Bolli
4.      Michael Bradley
5.      Scott Brown
6.      Roberto Castro
7.      Erik Compton
8.      Donald Constable
9.      John Daly
10.  Brendon de Jonge
11.  James Driscoll
12.  Ken Duke
13.  Joe Durant
14.  Matt Every
15.  Steve Flesch
16.  Jim Furyk
17.  Tommy Gainey
18.  Robert Garrigus
19.  Tom Gillis
20.  Jeff Gove
21.  Brian Harman
22.  Jim Herman
23.  Justin Hicks
24.  Morgan Hoffmann
25.  Ryuji Imada
26.  Lee Janzen
27.  Jerry Kelly
28.  Chris Kirk
29.  Russell Knox
30.  Jason Kokrak
31.  Kelly Kraft
32.  Neal Lancaster
33.  Scott Langley
34.  Steve LeBrun
35.  Michael Letzig
36.  Luke List
37.  Mitch Lowe
38.  Bill Lunde
39.  Jeff Maggert
40.  John Mallinger
41.  Billy Mayfair
42.  Scott McCarron
43.  William McGirt
44.  John Merrick
45.  Kevin Na
46.  Sean O’Hair
47.  Ryan Palmer
48.  Rod Pampling
49.  Ted Potter Jr.
50.  Tag Ridings
51.  Chris Riley
52.  Alexandre Rocha
53.  Sam Saunders
54.  Heath Slocum
55.  Shawn Stefani
56.  Darron Stiles
57.  Robert Streb
58.  Kevin Streelman
59.  Chris Stroud
60.  Brian Stuard
61.  Andrew Svoboda
62.  Vaughn Taylor
63.  Josh Teater
64.  Brendon Todd
65.  Camilo Villegas
66.  Lee Williams
67.  Casey Wittenberg
Alts:
68.  Skip Kendall
69.  Shaun Micheel
70.  Will MacKenzie
71.  Derek Lamely
72.  Glen Day

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