Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

April 26, 2014

Putnam looks to stay hot in South Georgia Classic

VALDOSTA — Andrew Putnam is a name that may get pretty popular around Valdosta this week. Putnam will enter the South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest as possibly the hottest competitor in the field.

Putnam has been a pro player since 2010, but he has never had a stretch as dominant as his first three rounds at WNB Golf Classic this weekend in Midland, Texas. Through three rounds Putnam has shot 20 strokes under par, good for a seven-stroke lead over the next closest competitor.

In the last tournament before next week's South Georgia Classic, Putnam has led since the opening round, shooting 66 the first two days of the event for a 12-under-par 132 at the Midland Country Club.

Putnam continued his blazing start on Saturday morning, birdying his first two holes en route to five birdies on the front nine; he followed that up with three more birdies on the back nine to put him eight under for the day.

If Putnam can avoid a meltdown today it would mark the first win of his young career.

Putnam has made five top-10 finishes during his two years and 31 events on the Web.com Tour, but three of those have come in the six events he's played in 2014.

In six 2014 events, Putnam has finished in the top 25 in the field five times, including a second-place finish at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship.

Even in the sole missed cut of Putnam's 2014 Web.com Tour he rebounded from a 77 on Day 1 by shooting a 64 in Round 2, just barely missing the cut.

This will be Putnam's first South Georgia Classic, but if recent history has any clue, his name could be the eighth new winner in the eighth year of the SGC at Kinderlou Forest.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Cooperstown Merchants: Weekend was a success

    Cooperstown merchants are elated about the exceptionally prosperous Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, several storekeepers said Sunday.

    During an afternoon lull in business, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony was taking place, area shop and restaurant owners took a quick breath, reflected and expressed satisfaction with their sales for the weekend.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall of Famers thank fathers for stepping up to the plate

    Great ballplayers thanking their dads at a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is about as original as oil and vinegar are to an Italian restaurant.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall_Maddux.jpg Hall of Braves

    The weird part was that Jeff Idelson didn't take a lot of time to answer.
    "Is there any word or description that unifies this class?" was the query posed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's president.
    "The common thread among the six is profound humility," Idelson said of former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and former players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall today. "I don't think I realized that fully until I spent time with them in December. It was uncanny to me, for the cumulative star power in that group, the humility among them. I think that's felt really strongly with baseball fans."

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story

  • Hall_Cox.jpg Cox’s willingness to defend players stands out to local coaches

    Bobby Cox will be able to add Hall of Famer to his resume when he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    But the former Atlanta Braves manager’s legacy will remain the same to area baseball coaches: his willingness to defend his players.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Valwood_Henderson.jpg Area teams hoping to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
    That’s the task faced by pretty much all 12 area high school football coaches present Saturday at In The Game Magazine’s South Georgia Football media day at the Holiday Inn conference center.
    It’s a task that also has the elite group searching for answers as to how to get past the state championship road block in recent years, aside from Valwood’s GISA Class AA crown in 2012.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • VHS little cats camp 1.jpg Valdosta hosts fundamental camp for ‘Little ’Cats’

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • VHS practice1.jpg Getting Back to Work

    Friday officially began the 2014 season for the Valdosta Wildcats and both the offense and defense came out and made statements.
    After holding spring and summer workouts, the Wildcats will practice four more times without pads before beginning full pad practice next week.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

Blazers Blog
More