Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

April 18, 2013

Looking back at the first 6 Classics

VALDOSTA — One week from today, some of the most up-and-coming professional golfers will be teeing off in the first round of the Tour’s South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

This year’s event will mark the seventh year the Tour has come to Valdosta. Here is a look back at the first six South Georgia Classics:

 The tournament began in 2007, and John Kimbell claimed a one-shot win with a tournament score of 10-under par. He received $108,000 for the win.

Since Kimbell’s win in ’07, no Classic winner has shot a higher score and won the event.

In the 2010, Ewan Porter shot an 11-under par and won the event by one stroke, claiming a $112,500 check, the same prize money awarded since 2008.

The past two years, 2011 and 2012, the Classic winners have shot a tournament-record 16-under par.

In 2011, Ted Potter Jr., a Monday qualifier, shot a 70-69-65 and 69 to win the event. Potter Jr. won the event by three strokes, the scond largest margin in tournament history.

Last year, Luke List won the South Georgia Classic, joining 2008 champion Bryan DeCorso as the only tournament champion to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. List shot an opening round 67 and followed it up with rounds of 68, 69 and 68 to shoot a 16-under par. List won the event by two strokes over Brian Stuard.

Since the tournament’s commencement, no champion has held the lead following the first day. Three of the champions (DeCorso, Garth Mulroy and List) have led following the second round.

Kimbell and Porter are the only champions of the Classic to not be the leader following the first 54 holes and have had to overcome a deficit in the final round.

In the tournament’s history, there has never been a tie for the lead following the first round. There has been a tie atop the leaderboard following the second round just one, while the lead has been shared by multiple golfers three separate times following the 54th hole.

All six previous South Georgia Classic winners were underdogs heading into the week. None of the six were leaders of the Tour’s (formerly the Nationwide Tour) money list and none of the champions had previous wins on the Tour prior to winning the Classic, except for Porter in 2010.

In 2011, Potter Jr. won a Monday qualifier at Thomasville’s Glen Arven Country Club just to make the Classic field.  

Since the tournament began in 2007, the South Georgia Classic has been the longest tournament on the Tour. In fact, the South Georgia Classic is the second longest tournament between the PGA Tour, Tour and Champions Tour, second only to the PGA’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

With a brutal distance that is well over 7,700 yards, the South Georgia Classic fits the strengths of golfers that can drive the ball far off the tee.

While some are able to hit the ball far off the tee, that doesn’t mean those golfers are locks to win the tournament. Of the six past champions, only two (Mulroy and List) finished the year in the top five in driving distance on the Tour.

Mulroy finish1ed the 2009 season fourth in driving distance, while List led the Tour in 2012.

The South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Company begins Monday with the playing of a Pro-Am at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. The week continues Tuesday and Wednesday before the tournament officially begins next Thursday.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Former Blazer Kugbila out for season

    Now, after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, this signals another hardship for the promising guard.

    July 25, 2014

  • LHS baseball signing Two Lowndes grads sign scholarships

    Lowndes graduates Henry Hoff and Nick Higginbotham decided to take the next step in their respective baseball careers together on Thursday as both signed a letter-of-intent with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lowndes_McPherson.jpg Milestones on tap for upcoming season

    Some milestones are destined to occur, like when Georgia Christian hosts David Emanuel on Aug. 22 in the Generals’ first varsity football game since the late 1960s.
    Others will have to wait and see what continues to take shape come Friday when teams can begin fall practice, and especially Aug. 1 when teams can suit up in pads for the first time, such as can Valdosta win its record 24th state title, or can Lowndes capture its fourth state championship under Randy McPherson, or can Valwood and coach Ashley Henderson play in its third straight GISA state championship game?
    As we start to find out the answers to those questions in just a few short weeks — the regular season is just 31 days away — there should be a few more milestones for area coaches to mark 2014 right along with the Generals getting back on the gridiron.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Jimbo.jpg Back on top

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Petrino.jpg Petrino returns to Louisville for first ACC season

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Braves_Marlins JUpton.jpg Jones lifts Marlins past Braves in 10

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Blazers Blog