Representatives of Excellence

We are proud to present the eight talented PGA touring professionals of Vidanta Golf, and are delighted to be associated with the PGA and growing the Vidanta brand globally. These golfers will represent Vidanta throughout the year at all public appearances and PGA Tour events, displaying the Vidanta logo on the front of headwear and apparel. As seasoned individuals, they represent not only the future of the game, but the same determination and commitment to excellence that we strive for at Vidanta.

Carlos Ortiz

Ortiz was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He played college golf in the United States at the University of North Texas. At the 2011 Summer Universiade, he was on the team that won the bronze medal. He also played on the Mexico team at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2010 and 2012 (runner-up finish). Ortiz turned professional in 2013. He finished T-15 at the Tour qualifying school after playing in the first, second and final stages. He then joined the Tour in 2014. He won the fourth event of the year, the Panama Claro Championship. He won his second Tour event three weeks later at the El Bosque Mexico Championship and moved inside the top 200 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Ortiz was given a sponsor exemption to compete in the 2014 Memorial Tournament, where he finished T-65 in his PGA Tour debut. He won his third event of the season at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, earning fully exempt status on the 2014−15 PGA Tour as a three-time, single-season winner. He was later voted the Tour Player of the Year.

Steve Wheatcroft

Wheatcroft was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, grew up in Washington, Pennsylvania, and attended Indiana University earning a degree in Sports Marketing and Management. He turned professional in 2001 and has played in several tours over the years. His first victory came at the Pennsylvania Open Championship in 2003. In 2006 he debuted on the Nationwide Tour and finished 7th at the PGA tour Q-School earning his PGA card. He returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2007 and in 2009 recorded six top-10s and two top-25s before the end of the season. He launched up the money list to 20th and earned his card for the 2010 PGA Tour. Wheatcroft would play well at the Puerto Rico Open, finishing tied for 3rd, three strokes behind fellow Nationwide Tour graduate, Derek Lamely. He also qualified for the 2010 US Open after winning a 4-way playoff at the Rockville, Maryland sectional qualifier. He returned to the Nationwide Tour for the 2011 season after finishing 166th on the PGA Tour’s money list. At the 2011 Melwood Prince George's County Open, Wheatcroft won by a record-breaking 12 strokes. At the 72nd hole, he made an eagle putt to finish at 255 (-29), shattering the previous 72-hole scoring record by three strokes. He also set the record for largest 54-hole lead by eight strokes. Wheatcroft's strong playing would continue through the 2011 season, with three more top-10s and four top-25s. After finishing tied for 8th at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship, he ended the year at 20th on the money list. Wheatcroft returned to the PGA Tour once again in 2102.

Jerry Kelly

Kelly was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 and turned professional later that year, but didn't make it onto the PGA Tour until 1996. This followed a successful 1995 season on the second tier Nike Tour, when he won two tournaments. His best career year to date is 2002, when he finished fourth on the PGA Tour money list and won the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii and Advil Western Open. Kelly won the 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a two-foot par on the final hole, beating three players by one stroke (Charlie Wi, Rory Sabbatini, and Charles Howell III). Kelly has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking. For the first time in his PGA Tour career, Kelly finished outside the valued top 125 on the tour's money list, ending the 2012 season just $1,809 out of a full Tour card. He also finished 2012 as the 25th highest-earning PGA Tour golfer in history. Instead of going to Q School (where his finish would have placed him directly into the final stage), Kelly played the 2013 season using a career money list exemption, nineteen places higher on the PGA Tour priority-ranking list than the 126-150 category (Priority Ranking 29).

Charlie Beljan

Beljan was born in Mesa, Arizona. He won the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. He also won the 2006 Arizona Amateur. Beljan played college golf at the University of New Mexico, where he won three times and was an All-American in 2007. After graduating from New Mexico Beljan turned professional in 2007. He played on the Gateway Tour from 2008 to 2011, winning seven times, and he led the money list in 2009. He qualified for the US Open in 2008 and 2009. He earned his 2012 PGA Tour card by finishing in a tie for 13th at 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School. Beljan won the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, the final Tour event of the season by two strokes over Robert Garrigus and Matt Every, earning him a two-year exemption. Beljian finished 63rd on the money list.

Ken Duke

Duke was born in Hope, Arkansas, the son of Ray and Bettie Duke. Duke played his college golf at Division II Henderson State University. Duke led the Reddies to four straight Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles and was a four-time AIC Golfer of the Year. In 1992, he earned NAIA All-American honors. After turning professional in 1994, Duke bounced around the world playing mini-tours and the Asian Tour, South American Tour, and the Canadian Tour. In 1999, he won twice on the Canadian Tour and led their Order of Merit. Duke first played on what was then the Nike Tour in 1995 and qualified for the PGA Tour in 2004. He returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2006 and finished at the top of the Nationwide Tour money list and won the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, which regained his playing rights on the PGA Tour for 2007. Duke hit a run of good form in the spring of 2007 with four consecutive top 10 finishes, elevating him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. On June 23, 2013, in his 187th start and after three runner-up finishes in his career, Duke broke through to win his maiden event on the PGA Tour at the Travelers Championship. He beat Chris Stroud with a birdie on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Byron Smith

Smith was born in Palm Springs, California and attended Pepperdine University. He did not play golf during his last two years at Pepperdine but he turned professional in 2001. Smith first played on the Canadian Tour in 2005. In his 2007 Canadian Tour season, he won twice, recorded five top-10 finishes, earned over $89,000 in earnings, and won the Order of Merit title. The Order of Merit title win gave Smith a five-year exemption on the Canadian Tour. After a winless 2008 season, Smith won his 3rd Canadian Tour event at the Times Colonist Open in 2009. He has also played on the Hooters Tour where he finished in the top-10 of the money list. Smith played on the Tour in 2014 and earned his first Tour win at the Rex Hospital Open. He finished 42nd in the Tour Finals to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2014–15 season.

Greg Owen

Owen was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He turned professional in 1992 and gained his European Tour card at the 1997 qualifying school. He finished in the top 100 of the Order of Merit every year from 1998 to 2004, and won for the first time on tour at the 2003 Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters at his 158th tournament. At the 2001 Open Championship, Owen notably became the sixth golfer in the history of the competition to score a rare albatross (double eagle), on the par-5 11th hole at Royal Lytham. Since 2005, Owen has played mainly in the US as a full member of the PGA Tour in 2005–07, 2009–10 and 2012. His best finish in the US was second at the 2006 Bay Hill Invitational, where he finished one shot behind Rod Pampling. Having lost his PGA Tour card at the end of 2007, he bounced back the following season, to graduate directly from the second-tier Nationwide Tour by finishing in 10th place on the money list. In 2010 he finished 183rd on the PGA Tour money list to lose his card for the second time. In 2011 he played again on the Nationwide Tour, finishing 52nd on the money list. However, he finished tied for 18th in the 2011 PGA Q School to regain his full PGA Tour card for 2012. Owen has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings although his ranking at the start of 2012 was 620.

Ted Potter Jr.

Potter was born in Ocala, Florida. As soon as Potter was old enough to grip a club, he started golfing using a set of custom clubs made by his father. He turned pro at the age of 19. Potter was the 2006 and 2009 NGA Hooters Tour Player of the Year. He had seven regular season wins and five winter series victories on the NGA Tour. He made his PGA Tour debut at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January 2012, where he finished in a tie for 13th. He achieved his first PGA win at the Greenbrier Classic on July 8 of that year. The win vaulted him to 51st in FedEx Cup point standings and an 83rd world ranking.