The Valdosta Daily Times
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 Web.com 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.
Aragon goes saves tourney, makes cut
The winner of the Webcom Tour’s WNB Golf Classic in Texas two weeks ago, Alex Aragon struggled with a 2-over par opening round. On Friday, Aragon salvaged his tournament and shot even par to make the cut. Aragon is currently 2-under par for the tournament, tied for 51st.
2009 South Georgia Classic champion Garth Mulroy withdrew from the South Georgia Classic following nine holes on Friday. Mulroy double bogeyed the par-3 No. 14 and finished his first nine holes — he started on No. 10 — with four straight pars. Then he withdrew for unknown reasons. He was 1-over par for the tournament when he withdrew, just two strokes behind the cut line.
Tim Wilkinson was disqualified from the tournament prior to the start of the second round Friday morning after tournament officials discovered he signed a wrong scoreboard following his Thursday round. Wilkinson had the wrong score written down for a hole, which is ground for a disqualification. He shot an opening round 77 on Thursday.
High of the day
Seth McCain shot an 11-over 83 in Friday’s round, adding to his 4-over 76 from Thursday. He finished the tournament at 15-over par, in sole possession of 155th place. Woody Austin, the 2007 PGA Championship runner-up, shot a 10-over par, along with Reid Edstrom, in Friday’s second round. Austin finished the tournament at 6-over par, while Edstrom finished at 11-over par.
Past champions miss cut
None of the four past South Georgia Classic champions will be in this year’s field. While Garth Mulroy withdrew from the event, all the other past champions are also going home this weekend after missing the cut.
Bryan DeCorso, the 2008 winner, shot even-par this weekend but finished the event at 7-over par. Ewan Porter, the 2010 champion, shot a disastrous 6-over on Friday and missed the cut at 8-over par. John Kimbell, the 2007 champion, shot a even par Friday and missed the cut at 2-over par.