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April 27, 2012

South Georgia Classic Day 1 Notebook

VALDOSTA — 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.

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