Campbell graduate David Mathis shot a final-round 68 on Sunday and tied for eighth in the PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The Raleigh resident recorded the best finish of his PGA Tour career and earned $172,800 by shooting 10-under-par 278 (70-68-72-68) at TPC of Louisiana.
Mathis surpassed his previous best PGA Tour result, a tie for 17th at the 2009 Wyndham Championship during his rookie year on the Tour. He finished five strokes behind Bubba Watson (who won a play-off) and Webb Simpson.
Through 10 events in 2011, Mathis has made six cuts and earned $290,727 in prize money. He currently stands 123rd in the FedEx Cup with 154 points. Mathis also recorded a top-20 finish last month at the Shell Houston Open, where he tied for 19th (70-70-70-70-280) and won $71,508.
This week, Mathis is playing in the PGA Tour event at Charlotte, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club. He starts his first round Thursday at 2:10 p.m. from the 10th tee paired with Steven Bowditch and Todd Camplin.
Mathis was an All-Big South Conference performer in 1993 and 1994 when he led the Camels to back-to-back league titles. He earned his degree in business administration in 1997.
After making 15 cuts in 27 starts on the 2009 PGA Tour, Mathis finished 13th in the final 2010 Nationwide Tour standings, where he claimed his second Nationwide victory at the 2010 Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.