Guillaume wins qualifier for Wyndham Championships PGA Tour event

Vaita Guillaume
(photo by Tim Cowie)
Vaita Guillaume (photo by Tim Cowie)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Vaita Guillaume, a 2012 graduate of Campbell University, won Monday's qualifier and earned a spot in this week's Wyndham Championships PGA Tour event at Sedgefield Country Club.

An honorable mention PING All-American during his senior year, Guillaume finished the qualifying event with a seven-under-par 65 Monday.  His bogey-free round included six birdies on the back nine.

A native of Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume will make his PGA Tour debut Thursday on the par-72, 7130-yard Sedgefield layout.  The Golf Channel will televise Thursday's and Friday's round from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  CBS will cover Saturday's and Sunday's play from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Guillaume will be the third Camel alum to play on the professional ranks this year.  David Mathis ('97) enters this week's action ranked No.-120 on the PGA Tour money list ($575,980) with six top-25 finishes, including a 10th-place tie at the Zurich Classic.  Mathis stands 136th on the FedEx Cup ranking.

Brad Fritsch ('00) stands 41st on the Tour money list this week with three top-10 showings in 16 events.

The Wyndham Championships field includes defending champion Webb Simpson – the 2012 U.S. Open winner – plus Jason Dufner and Carl Pettersen, both of whom rank among the top-10 on this year's PGA Tour money list.

The Big South Conference player of the year and a PING All-Southeast Region choice, Guillaume finished in a 3-way tie for top individual honors May 19 at the NCAA Greensboro Regional at 3-under par 213. He won a play-off on the first hole with Matt Schovee of SMU to earn a berth in the NCAA Championship.

Guillaume was the first Campbell player to advance to the NCAA men's golf championship since the program moved to NCAA Division I status in 1977-78. He is the lone Camel player to play in three NCAA regionals (2009 team berth, individual bids in 2011 and 2012) and one of only five to make a regional appearance.

He finished in a tie for 77th place (75-77-72—224) at the NCAA Championship medal play event held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

In addition to his triumph at the Greensboro Regional, Guillaume won top individual honors this year at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Kiawah Classic, Bash at the Beach and the Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational.

He led all Big South Conference players in stroke average and ranked 10th nationally. Guillaume stood second in the country in par-4 scoring average (3.97) and ninth in score vs. par (-0.78). He tied the school 18-hole record (64) in the second round of the Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational. He also shot 64s in the 2010 Mardi Gras Invitational and the 2011 Charleston Shootout.

Guillaume, who was named to the 2012 Big South all-conference first-team, earned all-league honors in each of his four seasons with the Camels. He was tabbed second-team all-conference in the Atlantic Sun in his first three years while also earning A-Sun all-freshman team recognition. He is one of three players in Campbell's Division I era (since 1977-78) to gain all-league honors four times, joining Duane Bock (1988-91) and Braxton Wynns (2001-04).