Henley becomes second amateur to win on Nationwide Tour|
Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Russell Henley shot a three-under 68 on Sunday
to win the Stadion Classic, becoming the second amateur in Nationwide Tour
history to win an event.
Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, finished at 12-under 272 at his
home course -- the University of Georgia Golf Club. He co-led the tournament
after three rounds and began Sunday's play with a bogey, but was flawless the
rest of the way with four birdies to win the tournament rather comfortably.
"I just tried to stay focused on one shot at a time. I think I did a pretty
good job," Henley said in a televised interview.
The 22-year-old Henley joins Daniel Summerhays as the only amateur winners on
tour after Summerhays won the 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital
Troy Kelly managed only a one-under 70 on Sunday to finish in second, two
shots behind Henley at minus-10. Kelly, who was tied for the lead heading into
the final round, is still winless on the Nationwide Tour.
Will Wilcox (67) and Matt Hendrix (70) shared third at nine-under 275, while
Matt Davidson (67), Brad Elder (67), Bubba Dickerson (68) and Danny Lee (68)
finished in a tie for fifth at minus-eight.
Henley slipped to the bogey to start play on Sunday, giving Kelly an early
lead. After both players birdied the second, Henley's birdie at four coupled
with Kelly's bogey at the same hole gave the amateur his first outright lead
of the day.
Both players birdied the sixth, as Henley maintained a one-stroke lead at
minus-11, but Kelly joined him with a birdie at the seventh.
Henley moved back ahead when Kelly bogeyed the ninth hole, and Kelly made it
back-to-back bogeys at the 10th to fall two back. Danny Lee temporarily got
within one stroke of the lead after a birdie at 12, but bogeys at 14 and 16
put him out of contention.
Henley parred eight straight holes after the sixth, but maintained the lead
throughout. Kelly birdied the 12th to move back within a stroke, and Hendrix's
birdie at 14 got him within one, as well.
With the pressure squarely on the amateur's shoulders, Henley created a two-
shot gap with a birdie at the 15th. It proved to be the decisive blow, as
Kelly bogeyed 16 and Hendrix bogeyed 17. Henley parred the last three holes to
take the title by two.
When asked about the temptation to turn professional, Henley, who shared low
amateur honors at the 2010 U.S. Open, deflected it and said he is likely going
to remain an amateur.
"I have a lot of goals this summer that I want to do with amateur golf,"
Henley said on TV. "It is tempting (to turn pro) and I'm definitely going to
talk to my family and golf coach, but I'm pretty sure I'm just going to stay
NOTES: Henley had one bogey on the back nine combined through the tournament's
four rounds...This was only the seventh top-five finish by an amateur on the
Nationwide Tour. It was Henley's third career tour event...After a week off,
the Nationwide Tour will return to action at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, where
Justin Hicks won by two strokes over four players.
05/08 19:36:02 ET