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April 27, 2013

Wear it Blue today at Kinderlou

VALDOSTA — Fans attending today’s third round of the South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Company are encouraged to wear blue in support of Autism Awareness Month. The request is part of the Tour’s ‘Wear it Blue’ campaign, as April is the official month for Autism awareness.

Fans in attendance wearing blue won’t be alone. Many players in the field will also be wearing blue for the cause. Autism affects 1 in every 88 children, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Day 1 leader fades

First round leader Ryan Spears shot a 2-over par 72 Friday and is now 4-under par for the tournament, tied for 11th. After not having a bogey in his first round, Spears bogeyed his first hole Friday and followed it up with bogeys on Nos. 10 and 12. He birdied the par-5 second.

Monday qualifiers having success

Fourteen players qualified for this year’s South Georgia Classic through Monday qualifiers in either Albany or Thomasville. Following Friday’s round, 10 of the qualifiers made the cut line and will play this weekend. Eric Axley, who shot a 66 at Doublegate Country Club, is competing for the win. He is tied for 11th at 4-under par, following his 3-under par 67 on Friday.

Witcher makes cut, sits 2-under

Former Valdosta State golfer Brent Witcher shot an even-par 72 Friday, keeping him at 2-under par for the tournament, tied for 23rd. Witcher has now made the cut in back-to-back appearances at the South Georgia Classic. Wittcher, who started his round on the 10th tee, started his day with two bogeys in the first four holes before birding the par-4 16th. After making the turn, Witcher birdied three of his next five holes before recording a bogey on his next two holes. Witcher then birdied his 17th hole and bogeyed his 18th hole for an even par 72.

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