BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell graduates Brad Fritsch ('00) and David Mathis ('97) are playing in this week's PGATour event, the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
The 72-hole tournament will be played on the par-70, 6841-yard River Highlands layout that was redesigned by Pete Dye in 1982. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and seven other players ranked in the top-25 of the world rankings are included in the field. Five of the last Travelers Championship medalists have logged their first PGATour victory at the event, including defending champion Marc Leishman.
Fritsch tees off Thursday at 8:50 am from the 10th tee along with Gary Christian and Kyle Bilodeau. A native of Manotick, Ontario who now lives in Holly Springs, Fritsch enters the event ranked No.-122 in the FedEx Cup standings and has made 12 cuts in 16 outings in his rookie season. He has earned $347,621 and recorded one top-10 finish, a ninth-place tie in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
David Mathis is paired with William McGirt and Patrick Reed, and will start Thursday at 12:20 pm from the No.-10 tee. A native of Winston-Salem and Wake Forest resident, Mathis enters this week's play ranked 201st in the FedEx Cup standings.
The Golf Channel will televise the first three rounds beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, while providing early coverage of Sunday's final round from 1:00-2:30 p.m. CBS takes over coverage Sunday from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
During his Fighting Camel career, Fritsch (Class of 2000) was twice honored as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was a second-team All-TAAC selection as a senior when he finished ninth in the 2000 league championship.
Mathis earned all-league honors when he led the Camels to consecutive Big South Conference titles in 1993 and 1994.
A 2012 Campbell grad, Vaita Guillaume is coming off back-to-back top-20 finishes on the eGolf Tour and enters this week's event, which runs Wed. through Fri. at Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club in Morganton, ranked 51st on the eGolf money list through 10 events.
Located in Morganton, NC, Mimosa Hills is a stunning 1929 Donald Ross original that has been the host of 12 major amateur championships in the Carolinas, including the 1940 & 1963 Carolinas Amateur; the 1985, 1986 & 1996 North Carolina Amateur; and the 1964 Carolinas Junior.