DAVIS, Calif. - Recent UC Davis graduate Ben Corfee plus 2013 alumnus and former assistant coach Tyler Raber will compete in the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship, which starts Thursday at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada. This is the first PGA Tour event for Corfee, while Raber previously qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open. Both men are All-Big West Conference honorees who originally hail from El Macero, California.
Raber opens his action on the first tee at 8:39 a.m. among a starting group of Julian Etulain and Jake Sarnoff. Corfee, grouped with Miguel Angel Carballo and Steven Alker, tees off a 8:50 a.m. on the 10th tee.
The Barracuda Championship has the distinction of being the only PGA Tour event that employs the Modified Stableford scoring format, which awards points for the number of strokes taken at each hole. A double eagle (a.k.a. albatross) is worth eight points, an eagle scores five, a birdie picks up two, a par is zero, a bogey results in a minus-1, while a double bogey or worse yields a minus-3. Greg Chalmers won the 2016 event with a 43 score, while Geoff Ogilvy's 49 in 2014 stands as the best since the tournament moved to the system in 2012.
Raber and Corfee were two of four qualifiers for the 2017 tournament on Monday. Raber won the round with an 8-under-par 64, while Corfee won a three-way playoff with Jared Becher and Chip Deason to advance to his PGA Tour debut. Corfee captured three All-Big West Conference awards in his career from 2012-17, leading the Aggies in scoring average in each of his final two seasons. Raber also won three all-conference awards, including two nods on the first team in his career from 2008-13. He later helped head coach Cy Williams as a volunteer assistant during the 2013-14 season.
Corfee continues an outstanding first summer as a postcollegiate player. He and his father, Dan, competed at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in late May. Corfee and UC Davis teammate Evan Knight also earned spots at the U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club later this month.