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May 04, 1998
School's out on which college yields the most Tour talent
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May 04, 1998

Ivory Powers

School's out on which college yields the most Tour talent

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SCHOOL

1998

ALLTIME

 

TOUR PLAYERS

MONEY

NCAA TITLES

TOUR TITLES

MAJORS

MONEY

Florida

12

$1,123,433

3

36

4

$24,642,801

Houston

11

$1,251,565

16

70

6

$42,064,218

Texas

10

$2,100,112

2

53

5

$35,822,802

Wake Forest

9

$1,065,382

9

104

9

$38,885,584

Oklahoma St.

9

$1,396,823

8

28

1

$20,580,172

Arizona St.

8

$1,576,291

2

34

0

$26,981,668

USC

7

$704,752

0

23

4

$16,734,898

BYU

7

$267,727

1

32

2

$15,053,789

Ohio St.

6

$732,525

2

86

19

$19,989,351

New Mexico

6

$602,080

0

3

0

$7,780,864

Before Matt Kuchar arrived, Stewart Cink, David Duval and Larry Mize all played for Georgia Tech. Does that make the Yellow Jackets' program the most productive in the college game? Not a chance. As the chart below shows, Florida, with Mark Calcavecchia and Dudley Hart among its 12 alumni on Tour, is pro golf's leading talent factory. Still, the Gator alums aren't the most successful class of 1998. That honor goes Co Texas's 10-man posse, which has earned more than $2 million, although Ben Crenshaw hasn't won a dime. The Longhorns' stampede features money leader Justin Leonard, No. 12 Bob Estes, No. 89 Omar Uresti and Tom Kite, who ranks 93th.

For career achievement, check out Wake Forest, a.k.a. the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy. With 104 Tour titles since 1955, the Demon Deacons, who have sent Palmer Scholarship recipients Scott Hoch, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins to the pros, lead the nation in that department. Ohio State's Buckeyes can boast 86 Tour victories, including 19 majors. Of course, Jack Nicklaus accounts for 70 of those wins and all the majors except Tom Weiskopf's '73 British Open title.

Who's No. 1 all-around? Our choice is Houston, which won 16 national titles between 1954 and '85 and has sent more than 70 players to the Tour. With Bill Rogers (1981 British Open), Fuzzy Zoeller ('84 U.S. Open), Fred Couples ('92 Masters) and Steve Elkington ('94 PGA), Houston's the only school to have a different alum win each major. "I didn't need Nicklaus," said Dave Williams, who coached the Cougars from 1952 to '87 and often stocked his team with enough talent for two NCAA winners.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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