Two of Coach Jay Hardwick’s former players at Virginia Tech are currently fully exempt on the PGA Tour for 2013. Good friends and teammates Brendon de Jonge and Johnson Wagner played together at Tech in the early 2000s and now compete regularly with the best players in the world. They both finished in the top 40 on the PGA Tour money list last year.
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The 2008 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, de Jonge first played on the PGA Tour in 2007. He had another solid season in 2012, leading the Tour in total birdies, par-5 scoring and cuts made, with 27 in 31 events. de Jonge posted 11 Top 25 finishes, including a career-best second place finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and fourth place finishes at the McGladrey Classic and CIMB Classic. He earned more than $2 million to rank 39th on the money list and will once again be fully exempt on Tour in 2013.×
A three-time winner on Tour, Wagner has now earned over $7 million in six full seasons. Wagner had a terrific start to the 2012 campaign with three consecutive Top 10 finishes, highlighted by a victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and made his second appearance in Augusta, Georgia at The Masters in the spring. For the year, he made 17 cuts in 27 events and earned more than $2.2 million. Wagner is exempt on the PGA Tour through the 2014 season.×
The following have been named Honorary Life Members of the Virginia Tech golf team for their outstanding contributions and commitment to Virginia Tech Golf.
Twenty-nine years ago, a small group of Virginia Tech supporters traveled to the Metro Conference Championship at Wild Dunes Golf Links on the Isle of Palms, S.C., in a show of support for the Tech golf team. A great friendship developed between this group and the players. As a result, these supporters were affectionately tagged the “Hackin’ Hokies.” Today, this group, totaling over 100 members, travels annually with the team, and has been the major supporter of the Virginia Tech golf program.
The Virginia Tech golf team wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the “Hackin’ Hokies” for their loyal support. As a token of its appreciation, the team recognizes a member of the “Hackin’ Hokies” each year with the team’s Appreciation Award.
Jay Hardwick and Brian Sharp present the 2012 Appreciation Award to Chuck Eaton.
Jay Hardwick and Brian Sharp pose with the newest Honorary Life Members, George Kuhn and Ben Kraner.×