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LECOM Health Challenge Announces
2019 Tournament Exemptions and Local Qualifiers
Exemption players Derek Bard, Jordan Gumberg, Trevor Sluman, and Thomas Walsh will be joined by 12 local qualifiers at the 2019 tournament at Peek’n Peak Resort
JAMESTOWN, NY – (July 2, 2019) – Ahead of the official start of play on Thursday, July 4, the LECOM Health Challenge announced the names of four players receiving exemptions. Derek Bard, Jordan Gumberg, Trevor Sluman, and Thomas Walsh will add to the elite field of golfers registered to play in the 2019 tournament.
“Derek, Jordan, Trevor, and Thomas each bring unique skills and experiences that will make great additions to the already world-class roster of Korn Ferry Tour golfers competing in Chautauqua County this week,” said Mark Geise, LECOM Health Challenge tournament executive director. “We’re also pleased to welcome the top 12 finishers from the local qualifying round, and look forward to continuing the LECOM Health Challenge’s tradition of exciting tournament play and historic finishes at Peek’n Peak Resort.”
Derek Bard, a Jacksonville Beach, Florida resident and University of Virginia graduate from New Hartford, New York, received a restricted exemption. Bard earned a coveted invitation to compete in the 2016 Masters Tournament and U.S. Open after finishing runner-up in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Jordan Gumberg, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-native currently competing in the Mackenzie Tour for the PGA TOUR Canada, received an unrestricted exemption. Before going pro, Gumberg attended the University of Tennessee and University of Arizona, where he recorded six top-10 and 12 top-20 finishes in his collegiate career.
Trevor Sluman of Rochester, New York and member of Oak Hill Country Club, received a restricted exemption. Sluman was the 2015 New York State Men’s Amateur Champion and is second on the Order of Merit for the PGA TOUR Series China with a win at the Sanya Championship. He is also the nephew of Rochester-native Jeff Sluman, winner of the 1988 PGA Championship.
Thomas Walsh, High Point, North Carolina-native and University of Virginia graduate, received an unrestricted exemption. Walsh’s accomplishments include earning All-American and Academic All-American twice, as well as wins at the 2018 Porter Cup, 2018 Inverness Intercollegiate, and 2018 ACC Championship with a record low -16. He also has 19 top-10 finishes and the second lowest scoring average in UVA history.
The LECOM Health Challenge can select up to four players to receive exemptions, giving them automatic entry into the tournament. Two exemptions are classified as restricted and must be allocated to individuals who currently hold Korn Ferry Tour status, while the remaining two exemptions are unrestricted and can be given to anyone.
Additionally, 12 local golfers earned spots in the field following the qualifying round at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk, New York, on Monday. Local qualifiers include David Denlinger, Eric Cole, Matthew Hill, Chris Naegel, David Pastore, Jamison Sindelar, Shawn Warren, Isaiah Logue, Jared Wolfe, MJ Daffue, Harrison Endycott, and Trey Valentine
The fourth annual LECOM Health Challenge returns for to Peek’n Peak Resort, bringing golf’s rising stars to Chautauqua County. Official tournament play begins Thursday, July 4, with free general admission for the public and family-friendly events around the community throughout the weekend. For more information, visit LECOMHealthChallenge.com.
ABOUT THE LECOM HEALTH CHALLENGE
The LECOM Health Challenge is a Korn Ferry Tour event hosted at Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 4 – 7, 2019. A week-long schedule of events will include a Pro-Am, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition. With LECOM serving as title sponsor and the CREDC acting as the host organization, proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, as well as other local charities. For more information, visit www.LECOMHealthChallenge.com.
ABOUT KORN FERRY TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).