East Carolina Alumnus Harold Varner III Joins Wyndham Field

GREENSBORO, N.C. – East Carolina University alumnus Harold Varner III will play this year’s Wyndham Championship, the tournament announced today.  The 79th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 14-19, 2018 at Sedgefield Country Club.

Varner entered the 2017 Wyndham Championship at No. 138 in the FedExCup point standings and in need of an excellent finish to move inside the top-125 positions and into the FedExCup playoffs which began the following weekend. The Akron, Ohio native put himself in contention quickly with an opening-round 63 and fired four rounds in the 60s to finish tied for 10th place.

The top-10 finish moved him into the playoffs at No. 123.  He finished tied for 20th at the Northern Trust the next weekend and moved onto the second round of the FedExCup playoffs, the Dell Technologies Championship, where he finished tied for 47th, and his season came to an end.  He finished 90th in the final point standings.

Varner has three top-10 finishes this season.  He tied for fifth at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, sixth last weekend at the John Deere Classic and tied for seventh at the PLAYERS Championship in May.  The third-year professional is 95th in the current FedExCup point standings and 172nd in the Official World Golf Rankings.  He will make his third Wyndham Championship appearance next month; last year’s showing is the best of his two-previous tournaments here.

At East Carolina University, Varner was named Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012.  He made the all-conference team three times, posting 18 career top-10 finishes in college.  He won the Walmart First Tee Open in 2007 as a First Tee player with PGA TOUR Champions pro and teammate, Morris Hatalsky.


About the Wyndham Championship:

Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors.  Tickets are available at http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com  or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.  The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Rewards, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, Sunbrella® and VF Corporation for their continued support.  Additional tournament information and sponsorship information are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com. For more information about Wyndham Rewards, please visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.  Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.


About Wyndham Rewards:
Named a best travel rewards program for the past three consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report, Wyndham Rewards® is the world’s most generous loyalty program offering members a simple earning structure of a guaranteed 1,000 points for every qualified stay, along with a flat, free night redemption rate of just 15,000 points per room per night – the first of its kind for a major rewards program. Wyndham Rewards members can enjoy the benefits of the program at nearly 9,000 Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties, as well as thousands of homes and condos in partnership with Wyndham Destinations. Join for free today at www.WyndhamRewards.com You’ve earned this.®


About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts:

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the largest hotel franchising Company in the world, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents.  Through its network of approximately 790,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in both the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry.  The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, La Quinta®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®.  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management.  The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards® loyalty program offers more than 56 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, condominiums and holiday homes globally.  For more information, visit www.WyndhamHotels.com.

About Wyndham Destinations:
Wyndham Destinations (NYSE: WYND) believes in putting the world on vacation. Our global presence in 110 countries at more than 220 vacation ownership resorts and 4,300+ affiliated exchange properties distinguishes Wyndham Destinations as the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, with North America’s largest professionally managed rental business.  Each year our team of 25,000 associates delivers great vacations to millions of families as they make memories of a lifetime. Learn more at www.WyndhamDestinations.com.  Our world is your destination.


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