Golf's rising stars return to The Glen Club this week
GLENVIEW, Ill. – The road to the PGA TOUR runs through the Chicago suburbs this week, as the best players on the Korn Ferry Tour visit The Glen Club for the 2022 NV5 Invitational presented by Old National Bank.
Headlining the 156-player field are three of the top five players in the Korn Ferry Tour’s season-long standings: Carl Yuan, Seonghyeon Kim and Byeong Hun An. The top 25 players at the end of the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2021-22 season will earn PGA TOUR cards.
Yuan and Kim have both earned more than 900 points this season to secure their PGA TOUR card for next year. An is just 10 points away from the 900-point threshold. Yuan and An are both looking for their second win of the season. Players who win three times in a season earn an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR.
The field is full of players who have competed in – and even won – other Western Golf Association championships. Dylan Meyer (2016) and Jamie Lovemark (2005) won the Western Amateur, while Sam Stevens (2018) and Davis Thompson (2019) were stroke-play medalists at the Western Amateur. Kevin Yu (2015), Cody Gribble (2007) and Lovemark (2004) are past Western Junior champions.
Several players with ties to the state of Illinois are in this week’s field, including Nick Hardy (Northbrook), Vince India (Deerfield), Theo Humphrey (Chicago), Tee-K Kelly (Wheaton), Brad Hopfinger (Lake Forest), Bryce Emory (Aurora), Luke Guthrie (Quincy), Patrick Flavin (Highwood), Anthony Albano Jr. (Park Ridge) and David Perkins (East Peoria). India enters the week at No. 50 in the Korn Ferry Tour standings, while Humphrey is No. 99, Kelly is No. 109, Hopfinger is No. 115, Emory is No. 172 and Guthrie is No. 182.
Hardy, who earned his PGA TOUR card last year, is playing on the Korn Ferry Tour this week as he works his way back from an injury. He held a share of the lead after the first round of the 2021 NV5 Invitational, thrilling huge crowds at The Glen Club before finishing in a tie for fifth.
Meyer, Flavin and Guthrie received sponsor exemptions. Flavin, 26, has made a name for himself by Monday qualifying for three PGA TOUR events this year – the Bermuda Championship, the Puerto Rico Open and the Mexico Open. He also received sponsor exemptions at the AT&T Byron Nelson and John Deere Classic on the PGA TOUR.
Players with in-state collegiate ties include Meyer, Guthrie and Michael Feagles, all Illinois alumni, and Emory (Northern Illinois), Albano Jr. (Illinois Wesleyan) and Perkins (Illinois State). Albano Jr. and Perkins are both making their first Korn Ferry Tour start after advancing through the Monday qualifier.
All three of the NV5 Invitational’s past champions are now playing on the PGA TOUR. Scottie Scheffler beat Marcelo Rozo – who is in the field this week – in a playoff in the inaugural event in 2019. Scheffler has won three times on the PGA TOUR this year, including the 2022 Masters, and is the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking. Curtis Thompson won the 2020 event at Chicago Highlands Club, and Cameron Young became the first player since 2013 to win back-to-back events on the Korn Ferry Tour when he won at The Glen Club in 2021. Young has five top-three finishes on the PGA TOUR this year, including at last week’s PGA Championship.
All proceeds from the 2022 NV5 Invitational presented by Old National Bank will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation and its efforts to send caddies to college on full tuition and housing scholarships. There are 1,070 Evans Scholars attending 21 leading universities nationwide this year, and 11,556 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since 1930.
This is the event’s first year with new title sponsor NV5 after NV5, the WGA and Korn Ferry Tour announced a five-year partnership in September 2021. With more than 100 offices around the world, NV5 is a leading provider of compliance, technology, engineering and environmental consulting solutions.
Old National Bank is in the second year of a four-year presenting sponsorship agreement. Old National Bank will host a junior clinic during championship week while also supporting the Evans Scholars Foundation’s career services program, a resource that prepares Evans Scholars to launch successful careers after graduation.