Snow Hill, N.C. – June 10, 2015 – When the SwingThought Tour descends upon Cutter Creek Golf Club June 11-14 this week it might be bringing the strongest field the 5th year event has ever seen. Those are big words considering the event has had some of golf’s best and biggest names, some of which are on the PGA TOUR now. Past SwingThought Tour players like Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson, and Bubba Watson cut their teeth on the SwingThought Tour before finding MAJOR success. Just as early as last year, at the 2014 Cutter Creek Golf Classic, Auburn alum Patton Kizzire finished solo 2nd before going on to lead the Web.com Tour money list a year later.
This year’s field will be no different as it is full of past SwingThought Tour winners, current Web.com Tour members, and countless college All-Nicklaus Team Members and All-Americans. The following is a preview of ten players our experts have picked to keep an eye on at this year’s event.
1. Ken Looper (LSU; Mandeville, La.) – when picking a list of players to watch you have to start with the player who played the best the last time the event was held. The 2012 SwingThought Tour co-Rookie of the Year returns to defend his title after competing on PGA Tour Latinoamerica to start the year. The 5-time SwingThought Tour Winner is no stranger to holding the Big Check and he’ll be looking to hoist it once again at week’s end.
2. Jay Woodson (James Madison; Richmond, Va.) – the former All-State High School Quarterback showed golf was his game after defeating players such as PGA Tour members Tommy Gainey and Tony Finau to win the inaugural Big Break Invitational this past season. Woodson has won more times on the SwingThought Tour than I can count on two hands and, with his game coming back around, the long hitter out of Virginia may be adding to his win total this week.
3. Nick Rousey (Alabama; Pensacola, Fla.) – the current Web.com Tour member has been on fire since returning to the SwingThought Tour. After posting back to back top 5 finishes Rousey, who won back to back National Championships at Central Alabama, earned his third career SwingThought Tour win in Fayetteville and guaranteed himself at least two Web.com Tour starts this season, taking home exemptions into the Air Capital Classic and Digital Ally Open. A win at Cutter Creek would keep the momentum rolling before he heads to compete at Wichita in the Web.
4. Chas Narramore (Middle Tennessee State; Kingston, Tenn.) – Narramore is also a member of the Web.com Tour this season and, like Rousey, he’s made the most of his SwingThought Tour starts while he bides his time waiting for Web starts. The former Blue Raider made history becoming the only player to win the SwingThought Tour Savannah Lakes Village Classic twice after lapping the field early this year. Narramore has not finished higher than 16th in an event since March so you can bet his name will be near the top at week’s end.
5. Paul Brown (College of Charleston; Hartsville, S.C.) – Brown has been on fire winning 3 of the last five Carolina Series events he’s played, including the last two. The Hartsville native earned his way into Cutter Creek by way of his Meadowlands victory, which earned him a paid entry. Like Woodson, Brown has won more times on the SwingThought Tour than most people can count on two hands. Cutter Creek is known as a long course and Brown not as a long hitter. However he is just meticulous enough to play his way around any course low and earn another victory to add to his already extensive resume.
6. Bobby Wyatt (Alabama; St. Simons Island, Ga.) – The first rookie on our list, and second ‘Tide alum, has been nothing short of spectacular this season. After winning back to back National Championships at Alabama, Wyatt has made 7 PGA TOUR starts, making the cut in three of them. Add another Web.com Tour start this year and you can see why this is only his 2nd start on the #3 tour in the USA. Wyatt made the most of his first start, the Killearn Classic, where he narrowly missed a chip-in for birdie on 18 final day that would have forced a playoff. As such he had to settle for a T2 but you can bet he’s coming to Snow Hill to win.
7. Josh Broadaway (Troy; Albany, Ga.) – from a rookie to one of the most decorated veterans in this week’s field, most people recognize Broadaway by his unique cross-handed grip when he drives the ball. The one time SwingThought Tour Rookie of the Year is just passing time while he waits to get his Web.com starts, where he’s been a mainstay for the past decade. But, while he waits, why not add another SwingThought Tour win to his resume? It would be of no surprise to anyone here if the former Troy star is at the top of the leaderboard after all is said and done.
8. James White Jr (Georgia Tech; Acworth, Ga.) – another dual member of the SwingThought and Web.com Tours, White is just waiting for his starts and a chance to shine on the official developmental tour of the PGA Tour. In the meantime the former Palmer Cup and All-Nicklaus team member is making the most of his SwingThought Tour starts, sitting at 14th on the season money list. White has a SwingThought Tour win and a Web.com runner-up so he’s proven he can not only compete against the best but he’s looking to be the best every time he steps on a golf course.
9. Seth Fair (Indianapolis; Brownsburg, Ind.) – once known as the best player on the SwingThought Tour Tour without a tour win, the former Greyhound learned quickly how much fun it could be after conquering both the Indiana State Open and the Loudmouth Golf Classic. The former University of Indianapolis All-American has been on fire in 2015 finishing 15th or better in 13 of 15 starts and finished inside the top 10 in his last two starts. He currently sits at 13th on the season money list and, with his game trending up, a win this week seems like the natural progression.
10. Gator Todd (Alabama; Sea Island, GA.) – the third Tide star to make our list might be the best of them all after going six for six on cuts made this season. The former Web.com Tour member currently sits at 18th on the SwingThought Tour money list after starting the season with a third place finish at Lade Lake and posting a top 10 and a top 20 at his last two events. Many refer to Todd as the best player on tour without a win but he’s hoping to change that with a strong showing this week at Cutter Creek.
For full Cutter Creek Golf Classic field list visit here: http://www.swingthought.com/entries/pro2015035/#.VXhIOdJViko