Rex Hospital Open Alumni Ready to Compete on the PGA TOUR

RALEIGH, N.C. – The 25 professional golfers from this year’s Web.com Tour who will move up to play on the 2016-17 PGA TOUR feature many alumni from the 2016 Rex Hospital Open, including this year’s Rex Hospital Open champion, Trey Mullinax, and Raleigh native Grayson Murray.

The 21-event Web.com Tour regular season wrapped up Sunday, with the top 25 money winners earning their PGA TOUR membership cards. Of those, 20 played in the Rex Hospital Open held in May at TPC Wakefield in Raleigh. Mullinax, who won the Rex Hospital Open with a thrilling come-from-behind victory, was No. 8 on the money list. Brad Fritsch, a Campbell University alumnus who lives in Holly Springs, was No. 14 (Campbell had to drop out of the Rex Hospital Open due to an injury). Murray, who first played in the Rex Hospital Open as an amateur and returned this year on a sponsor’s exemption, was No. 18.

“Getting that sponsor’s invite in Raleigh to play in the Rex Hospital Open was huge for me,” said Murray, 22, who graduated from Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. “I can’t thank them enough for that opportunity, which is truly what got me where I am today.”

As the Triangle’s premier charity golf event, the Rex Hospital Open has raised more than $9 million for patients in need since its inception. Funds raised this year supported the new Heart & Vascular Hospital, an eight-story facility that is scheduled to open next year at UNC REX’s main Raleigh campus.

“Congratulations to all of the players who earned their PGA TOUR cards, especially the guys who provided local fans with some exciting golf at this year’s Rex Hospital Open,” said Steve Burriss, president of UNC REX Healthcare. “Every year at the Rex Hospital Open, fans can see some of the world’s best golfers right in our backyard, as we raise money for important care and services in our community. We wish Trey, Brad, Grayson and all the others the best as they prepare to play on golf’s biggest stage.”

More details about the Rex Hospital Open are available at rexhospitalopen.com. More information about heart and vascular care at UNC REX and the new Heart & Vascular Hospital is available at whereheartsbeatstrong.com.

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