NC State's 1997 ACC Golfer of the Year tees off at 2:25 p.m. Thursday
NC State's 1997 ACC Golfer of the Year earns one million dollars in prize money
NC State's 1997 ACC Golfer of the Year makes 13th appearance at tournament
NC State golf legends are in the field for the 142nd Open Championship
Three-time All-American (`96-'98) ... Three-time All-ACC selection (`96-'98) ... 1997 ACC Player of the Year ... 1996 & 1997 NCAA East Regional Champion ... 1996 ACC Rookie of the Year ... 1996 CGAA National Freshman of the Year ... Member of the ACC's 50th Anniversary team ... Won five collegiate tournaments, a school record ... 70.87 stroke average in 1998 is a school record ... First in school history in career stroke average (71.83) ... Tied for fifth place at the 1996 NCAA Tournament, a school record ... Top-10 NCAA Championship finish in all three he played (t-5th in `96, t-10th in `97, t-7th-'98) ... PGA Tour member ... Went pro in 1998 and won two BUY.COM tournaments in 2000 ... Captured the title at the 2002 Bell's South African Open in his hometown and represented South Africa in the 2002 World Cup ... Finished third at the 2003 PGA Championship ... One of 12 international players selected to play against the Americans in the 2003 President's Cup ... Posted three top 10 finishes in 2002, three more in 2003 and six in 2004 ... Breakout season in 2005 started with capturing the South African Airways Open in his native country for the second time. Came into the final round in a four-way tie for first and final-round 6-under 66 was good for a six-stroke victory ... Followed the win and a 30-hour journey from South Africa to Palm Springs, CA with a PGA Tour career-best T2 at the Bob Hope Chrylser Classic ... In his next start two weeks later, added a T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am ... His $83,125 payday (T13) at the Booz Allen Classic moved him over the $1 million mark in season earnings for the third consectutive season ... Finished T3 at the U.S. Open thanks to a pair of even-par 70s on the weekend. His top-5 finish moved him into the top-10 of the International Team for The Presidents Cup ... Improved his already excellent record at Loch Lomond with a two-stroke victory over Maarten Lafeber and Darren Clarke at The Barclays Scottish Open. Moved up to 17th in Official World Golf Ranking with victory ... Placed T6 finish at The INTERNATIONAL, eight points behind Retief Goosen in the Modified Stableford scoring system ... Posted a 2-2-1 record for International squad in second Presidents Cup appearance ... Collected his fifth top-10 of the season with a T6 at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Surpassed the $2-million mark with his $156,500 payday and finished the season 21st on the money list with $2,310,037 in earnings ... Shared the third-round lead at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, but a closing even-par 72 dropped him to T10, his sixth top-10 of the season ... Ranks seventh in putting average on the PGA Tour.