Valdosta Daily Times

April 28, 2013

South Georgia Classic notebook

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The South Georgia Classic concludes today with the playing of the final round at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. The first group of players will tee off at 7:15 a.m., as tee times were moved up nearly an hour in order to ensure the round will be completed before a possible rain storm moves into Valdosta.

The final group will tee off at 12:15 p.m.

Daly struggles, shoots 4-over

Two-time major champion John Daly was never in contention this weekend. After teeing off at 8:20 Saturday morning, Daly shot a 4-over par 76. He is now in sole possession of 61st place at 4-over par for the tournament.

Swafford shoots even, drops back

Hudson Swafford was the 36-hole leader of the Classic but he shot an even par 72 Saturday and is now tied for fifth place at 8-under par. Following the ninth hole, Swafford was overheard telling a friend that the hole locations Saturday made the course even more difficult.  

Witcher T33 after 1-over

Former Valdosta State golfer Brent Witcher shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for 33rd heading into today’s final round. Witcher must finish in the top 25 of this week’s tournament to ensure himself a spot in next week’s Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens. Following his Saturday round, Witcher worked on the driving range before congratulating his friend, Will Wilcox, and his record round Saturday afternoon.

Money leader Loar shoots 6-over Tour money leader Edward Loar struggled Saturday, shooting a 6-over 78 and is now tied for 51st in the tournament. Loar could have been spotted 14 strokes by leader Will Wilcox and still would not have shot a better score in Saturday’s third round. Loar is still projected to be the money leader following the tournament, but that is subject to change.

Wear it Blue

The majority of fans and players wore blue Saturday in honor of the Wear it Blue at Kinderlou, an effort to bring awareness to Autism. April is the official Autism Awareness month. Kliff Kresge, who has a child with Autism, and his family handed out Autism Speaks pins to players and select fans on Saturday.

Putnam brothers in top 20

Brothers Michael, the elder, and Andrew Putnam are both inside the top 20 of the Classic leaderboard     following the third round of play. Michael is tied for second at 9-under par following a 2-under 70 on Saturday. Andrew fired a 3-under 69, despite a bogey on the 18th hole, and is T17 at 4-under par.

Sunday weather

High temperatures will hit 81 degrees Sunday, which has a 20 percent chance of rain, according to According to the website, the rain is predicted for the late afternoon hours.