Slidell’s Jacob Bergeron to play in PGA event this week

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Jacob Bergeron

Slidell native Jacob Bergeron will play in his fourth PGA TOUR event this week and first in more than two years after qualifying for the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California.

Bergeron grabbed one of four spots available in the Monday qualifier by shooting a 7-under-par 65, then birdieing the first hole of a five-man playoff for the final two spots in the field.

Bergeron’s last start on the PGA TOUR was in August 2021 in the Wyndham Championship. He has one start in a major after qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

In 37 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour, Bergeron has one runner-up finish, in the 2022 Live and Work in Maine Open.

Bergeron, who was home schooled before playing one season at LSU in 2017-18, begins his first round at 4:17 p.m. CDT Thursday. Max Homa is the two-time defending champion in the event.

The Fortinet Championship is the first of a seven-stop fall season as the PGA TOUR transitions back to a calendar year schedule.

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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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