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NATIONWIDE - Athens Regional Foundation Classic
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DATES: Thursday, April 16th through Sunday, April 19th
SITE: Jennings Mill Country Club, Bogart, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Cupp (1986)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,004
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 319 Yds10 - Par 4 372 Yds
2 - Par 5 523 Yds11 - Par 4 424 Yds
3 - Par 3 201 Yds12 - Par 4 290 Yds
4 - Par 4 421 Yds13 - Par 3 205 Yds
5 - Par 4 418 Yds14 - Par 5 526 Yds
6 - Par 4 480 Yds15 - Par 4 469 Yds
7 - Par 5 537 Yds16 - Par 4 469 Yds
8 - Par 3 171 Yds17 - Par 3 153 Yds
9 - Par 4 479 Yds18 - Par 5 547 Yds
36 3,549 Yds36 3,455 Yds
Annual:  4th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Robert Damron
Runner-Up:  Greg Owen
Tournament Record:  267 (Paul Gow, 2006)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Craig Lile, Paul Gow, 2006)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Craig Lile, 2006)
Course Record:  63 (Ken Duke, 2006)
Total Purse:  $550,000
Shares:  1st Place - $99,000; 2nd Place - $59,400; 3rd Place - $37,400
2008 Finish
Robert Damron *277Bubba Dickerson280
Greg Owen277Jarrod Lyle281
Casey Wittenberg278Michael Putnam281
Roger Tambellini279Four players at282
Vance Veazey279

* - Won in Playoff

Past Athens Regional Foundation Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008*Robert Damron (277) -- Greg Owen
2007Martin Laird (272) -- Jeremy Anderson, Justin Bolli
2006Paul Gow (267) -- Craig Lile

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Robert Damron---5thWon
Casey Wittenbergmc---3rd
Roger Tambellini---T-36T-4
Vance Veazey------T-4
Bubba Dickerson------6th
Michael PutnamT-19---T-7
Darron Stiles------T-9
Skip Kendall---T-21T-20
Paul GowWon---T-25
Alex Prugh------T-32
Peter TomasuloT-5T-14T-41
Fran QuinnT-5T-24T-48
Ewan Porter------63rd
Scott DunlapT-15T-14mc
Tee McCabe---T-29mc
John KimbellT-54mcmc
Matthew Every---mcmc
J.J. Killeen------mc
Spencer Levin------mc
Steven Alkermc------
Cameron Percymc------
Alistair Presnell---------
Michael Sim---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Darron Stiles
Darkhorse - Scott Sterling
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jonas Blixt) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Drew Laning) - Missed the cut
The Nationwide Tour travels to Georgia this week for the Athens Regional Foundation Classic. The top-seven players on the money list are in action this week, including every tournament winner in 2009. Michael Sim, Vance Veazey, Alex Prugh, Alistair Presnell, Steven Alker, Martin Piller and Bubba Dickerson are the top money leaders. Only Piller has not captured a title this year. Robert Damron will look to become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend his title this week.

Last year, Damron defeated Greg Owen with a birdie at the first playoff hole to win the title. Damron, a former PGA Tour winner, claimed his first Nationwide Tour victory with a 14-foot birdie putt from the back of the 18th green. He had fired a six-under 66 in regulation. Owen closed with a one-under 71 in the final round, making birdie at the last two holes in regulation to join Damron at 11-under 277 and force the playoff. Damron made six birdies in a flawless final round to match the lowest score of the day and move up from an 11th-place tie overnight. The victory was the first for Damron since winning the 2001 Byron Nelson Classic on the PGA Tour.

Jennings Mill Country Club ranked as the ninth-most-difficult course on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 with a scoring average of 72.933 (+.933). The hardest hole was the 479-yard, par-four ninth, which played to a stroke average of 4.365. It was tied for 13th-most-difficult hole on the Nationwide Tour last year.

Jennings Mill Country Club has hosted the first stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament 11 times. The course is located in the Athens suburb of Bogart.

In 2007, Martin Laird birdied the 72nd hole to collect his first Nationwide Tour victory. Laird led wire-to-wire with rounds of 66-67-70-69 to finish at 16-under-par 272. He won by a single stroke over Justin Bolli and Jeremy Anderson to become the first player from Scotland to win on the Nationwide Tour.

Four-time PGA Tour winner and current Golf Channel analyst Andrew Magee will tee it up for the first time in a Nationwide Tour event this week in Athens. Magee, who turns 47 next month, has seen a very successful career ($8.5 million in earnings) slowed in recent years after undergoing cancer surgery on his left kidney in 2006. The resident of Paradise Valley, AZ has made only six PGA Tour starts since 2007, his last being this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (missed cut), which he won in 1991.

The Nationwide Tour remains in Georgia next week in Valdosta for the South Georgia Classic, where Canadian Bryan DeCorso captured his first Nationwide Tour title last year.

04/14 15:44:29 ET

As of April 14, 2009, at 03:44 PM ET

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