South Georgia Classic Day 1 Notebook:
Richey has best eagle of day
Brian Richey was one of seven players to have an eagle on the day, but Richey was the only player to eagle the par-5 13th, a hole that played 657 yards on Thursday. Altogether, there were seven eagles on the day, with four coming on the par-5 second hole.
The bogey hole
The par-4 12th, which has played as the toughest hole in the tournament’s five-year history, proved to be, once again, the toughest hole on the golf course. Sixty-one golfers posted a bogey on the hole, including tournament leader Robert Streb.
Where is No. 1?
The Nationwide Tour’s top-ranked player, according to the Tour’s money list, Andres Gonzales, was never in contention on Thursday. He finished his opening round with a 1-over 73, and will tee off today at 7:25 a.m. from the No. 10 tee.
Past Classic winners have mixed results
2008 South Georgia Classic winner Bryan DeCorso is tied for 17th at 2-under par, while 2007 winner John Kimbell is tied for 65th at 1-over par and 2010 champion Ewan Porter is tied for 132nd at 5-over par.
Pro-am winner far behind
The winner of the Monday and Wednesday pro-am, Philip Pettitt Jr., finished the opening round with a 2-over 74. Pettitt Jr. double bogeyed the par-3 14th and managed two bogeys on the front nine. He birdied just two holes the entire day.
VSU alumnus Witcher struggles
In his third career South Georgia Classic appearance — second as a professional — Brent Witcher, an All-American at Valdosta State in 2009, finished Thursday’s round at 3-over par. Witcher double bogeyed the par-3 sixth hole, and managed just one birdie on the day, which came on the par-5 13th. Witcher has never made a cut in this event.
Caddies wearing yellow bibs are caddies whose golfers are currently ranked in the top 25 of the money list. The number on the yellow bib indicates the position of the golfer on the money list. At the end of the Nationwide season, the top 25 on the money list will be promoted to the PGA TOUR.
Today’s high will reach 88 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain. Winds will blow south by southwest at eight miles per hour, setting up a dry day on the course, which could see several players post low scores.
South Georgia Classic Day 1 Notebook:
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Prince Automotive donates new baseball equipment
Prince Automotive of Valdosta is supporting the Valdosta community through its partnership with the Valdosta/Lowndes County Recreation Department. The dealership has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, instructional clinics, and a monetary donation.
Needmore holds final races before big Memorial Day weekend
Saturday night racing at Needmore Speedway saw some new faces in victory lane.
That wasn’t the case in the Late Model division, as Valdosta's Gene Ross drove to victory once again, but not without some close competition from Steven Roberts who came in second.
In the Limited Late Model class, it was another win for Cole Exum, with Gene Maine finishing second in the NAPA Auto Parts special.
VSU softball wins South Region, headed to nationals
For the third time in four years, and second in a row, Valdosta State’s softball team will play in the national championship tournament.
The Blazers won their third South Region championship Saturday, beating Alabama-Huntsville 8-3 in game three of the best-of-three series at Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park.
VSU baseball season comes to an end
Delta State scored seven unanswered runs to defeat Valdosta State 7-2 in an elimination game of the NCAA South Region Tournament at the UT Baseball Field Saturday afternoon.
Blazers take 1-0 series lead
Angela O’Connor launched a pinch-hit two-run home run over the left-field fence, tying the game against Alabama-Huntsville in the bottom of the sixth inning, and sparking the Blazers and their fans along the way.
Blazer baseball stays alive, beats Stillman
Valdosta State scored five runs in the first inning to defeat Stillman 6-2 in an elimination game of the NCAA South Region Tournament at UT Baseball Field Friday morning.
Lowndes’ Harwell, Wortham sign with Valdosta State
Lowndes’ Ty Harwell and David Wortham won’t have to go far to play college baseball.
Blazers host respected rival UAH in Super Regional
One would expect a matchup featuring two of the top softball programs in Division II to come in the national championship game.
Unfortunately for Valdosta State and Alabama-Huntsville, who have combined to appear in four straight national championship games, they won’t be meeting in title game on Memorial Day in Salem, Va.
Pop Warner Football coming to Valdosta
Pop Warner Football is coming to Valdosta.
The nationally known organization that puts an emphasis on education and developing American youth has been established in the Valdosta area and will begin playing football this August.
Blazers lose to Delta State, fall to loser’s bracket
If the Valdosta State baseball team is going to win the South Region Tournament, the Blazers going to have to do it from the loser’s bracket.
The Blazers (33-17) dropped their first game of the tournament Thursday, falling to Delta State 4-2 at UT Baseball Stadium.
VSU will face Stillman College, which lost to No. 1 seed and tournament host Tampa Thursday, Friday at 11 a.m. to advance to the weekend portion of the tournament. The loser will be eliminated.
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