March 6, 2012 > Local pro golfer to compete at Stonebrae
Local pro golfer to compete at Stonebrae
By Simon Wong
Gregor Main of Danville will get his first taste of Nationwide Tour competition this spring, being awarded a sponsor's exemption for the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship, April 10-15 at TPC Stonebrae.
PGA TOUR veteran Scott McCarron and Tournament Host, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice also have received sponsor exemptions for the tournament. The fourth and final sponsor exemption has yet to be determined.
McCarron, who recently was inducted into the California Golf Hall Of Fame, joins another popular PGA TOUR legend, South Africa's Steve Elkington, in the TPC Stonebrae Championship field. Elkington is also serving as the tournament's designated "Tour Ambassador."
Born in Berkeley, Main grew up in Danville, lettering two seasons in varsity golf at Concord's De La Salle High and leading the Spartans to the 2006 State Championship as a sophomore before transferring to the IMG Academy in Florida. At UCLA, Main won once in three seasons, finishing his junior year ranked as high as 24th in the nation. He was both a junior and collegiate all-American.
Main, 22, left UCLA after his junior season. He was medalist in the 2011 U.S. Amateur, where he set the 36-hole scoring record at 10-under par. Last fall, Main did not get through the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, failing to advance to the Q School Finals by three shots. That left him with no status on either the PGA TOUR or Nationwide Tour for 2012. His tour experience includes the 2009 Buick Invitational, where he made the cut at Torrey Pines, and the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he missed the cut. Main qualified for the Palmer event by winning the 2009 Southern Amateur.
The Nationwide Tour returns for its fourth season at TPC Stonebrae. Combining the best in Bay Area sports, entertainment and hospitality, the TPC Stonebrae Championship will showcase world-class golf in a festive atmosphere that is designed to bring together the community at the Nationwide Tour's only Northern California appearance. This year's tournament partners include Audi of America, TaylorMade Golf, The Claremont Resort Club & Spa, Golfsmith, eBay and Eden Medical Center.
Net proceeds from the TPC Stonebrae Championship will benefit Autism Speaks, local chapters of The First Tee, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Lazarex Cancer Foundation, NFL Alumni Charities and many more.
For more information about the tournament, visit www.TPCStonebraeChampionship.com.