Since 2013, Dye’s Valley, also known as the Valley Course, has hosted of the Web.com Tour Championship. The 7,000-yard golf course was ranked No. 24 in Golfweek’s 2011 rankings of Best Courses You Can Play in Florida. But this weekend’s tournament isn’t just about the world-class course, it’s more so about the world-class players, some of which live right here in town. Although we wish the best of luck to everyone in the upcoming tourny, we’re rooting just a little bit harder for these locals to take home the cup.
Bud Cauley lives in Jacksonville Beach and is a former winner on the Web.com Tour at the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship. He has been recovering from a shoulder surgery in September 2014 and did not make a start on the PGA TOUR this season. Cauley practices at TPC Sawgrass and attended the University of Alabama. His biggest thrill in golf was being a part of the winning 2009 U.S. Walker Cup Team.
Luke Guthrie is a 25 year old from Quincy, Ill., but now lives in Jacksonville. He attended the University of Illinois, where he was a two-time All-American selection. Guthrie has two wins on the Web.com Tour, both coming in 2012. This is the first season he missed the FedExCup Playoffs on the PGA TOUR in three years.
Harold Varner III is from Akron, Ohio, but he now lives in Jacksonville Beach. The East Carolina graduate birdied the second to last hole in the regular season to barely earn his PGA TOUR card. He also recorded a second-place finish at the Panama Claro Championship earlier this year.
Tim Willkinson is a New Zealander that now lives in Jacksonville Beach. The straight hitter missed out on the FedExCup Playoffs this year on the PGA TOUR, though Wilkinson made them the year before. This veteran is coming off a strong finish at last week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third event in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Ryan Blaum in a new resident to Jacksonville Beach, and he was born in Miami. The Duke University Graduate has two wins on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. His father, Steve Blaum, played football at LSU, and his younger brother played golf at LSU.