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publication date: Jun 9, 2011 Sponsors Clark Richardson in his first PGA Event

Thursday at 1:48 pm in Memphis, Tennessee will officially mark the beginning of Clark Richardson’s professional golf career from the FedEx St. Jude Classic. When the rookie tees it up this week, he’ll be donning the logo prominently on the chest of his shirts as his lead sponsor. Round 1 of Richardson’s tournament will be broadcast shot-by-shot on twitter @Clark_PGA_Shots. The GolfChannel will carry television coverage of the first & second rounds, while NBC will pick up weekend coverage.

Richardson qualified for the event after tying for first place with a 68 (-4) in open qualifying on Sunday. This is his 3rd attempt to enter a PGA event without his PGA Tour Card after missing the HP Byron Nelson Championship and The Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Richardson will be looking to make the weekend in his first event as the field gets trimmed nearly in half from its’ 156 qualifiers after Friday’s second round.

Richardson has a lengthy golf upbringing dating back to before turning ten years old. Learning the game from his grandmother, Richardson devoted his junior high and high school years to becoming an all-around player focused on the mental toughness of the sport. His success in high school earned him a scholarship to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi where he played four years while earning his degree in Accounting.

Success followed Richardson from high school directly into his college years when he qualified and played in the US Amateur in Oakland Hills, Michigan in 2002. Rounding out his college years, Richardson would go on to earn Honorable Mention All-American Honors his junior season, 3rd Team All-American Honors in his senior season, capture two individual college wins, and tie for ninth place at the Division II Nationals his senior year.

Upon graduation from Delta State in 2005, Richardson and his wife moved to Kansas City, MO where he worked as an accountant while his new bride, Rachel, could attend medical school. The couple relocated to Southaven, Mississippi, a suburb south of Memphis, TN in the summer of 2010 for Rachel’s residency program.

Having bridged a gap for their family, Richardson did not pursue another accounting job, instead re-devoting himself to the game of golf, spending the next 10 months fine-tuning his game in hopes of taking a shot at making the PGA tour.

And thus, he’s come full circle. After three qualifying attempts, Richardson is at the precipice of what he and his wife have been planning: a chance to make the tour, to realize those professional dreams many start out with at a young age. Tune in Thursday and Friday to see if Richardson is able to take advantage of his first opportunity and play himself into the weekend in the Bluff City.