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NATIONWIDE - South Georgia Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 26th through Sunday, April 29th
SITE: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Davis Love III (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,781
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 445 Yds10 - Par 4 417 Yds
2 - Par 5 566 Yds11 - Par 5 601 Yds
3 - Par 4 469 Yds12 - Par 4 490 Yds
4 - Par 4 466 Yds13 - Par 5 657 Yds
5 - Par 5 580 Yds14 - Par 3 195 Yds
6 - Par 3 240 Yds15 - Par 4 435 Yds
7 - Par 4 464 Yds16 - Par 4 364 Yds
8 - Par 3 216 Yds17 - Par 3 191 Yds
9 - Par 4 501 Yds18 - Par 4 484 Yds
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36 3,947 Yds36 3,834 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Ted Potter, Jr. (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Mathew Goggin
Tournament Record:  272 (Ted Potter, Jr., 2011)
54-Hole Record:  204 (Ted Potter, Jr., Jon Mills, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  133 (David Hearn, 2010)
Course Record:  64 (Paul Dickinson, 2007; Henrik Bjornstad, 2009;
  David Hearn, 2010)
Total Purse:  $625,000
Shares:  1st Place - $112,500; 2nd Place - $67,500; 3rd Place - $42,500
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ted Potter, Jr.272Major Manning279
Mathew Goggin275Rob Oppenheim279
Brent Long278Jonas Blixt280
Charles Warren278Martin Flores280
Mark Anderson279Three players at281
 
Past South Georgia Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Ted Potter, Jr. (272) -- Mathew Goggin
2010Ewan Porter (277) -- Jhonattan Vegas
2009Garth Mulroy (275) -- Chris Tidland
2008Bryan DeCorso (274) -- Bryce Molder, Greg Owen
2007John Kimbell (278) -- Matthew Jones

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20072008200920102011
Charles Warren------------T-3
Rob Oppenheim---------T-13T-5
Brett Wetterich------------T-13
John KimbellWonmcT-42mcT-18
Ewan Porter---T-57mcWonT-38
Andrew Svoboda---------T-24T-44
Bryan DeCorso---Wonmcmc71st
Alistair Presnell------mcT-24mc
Paul ClaxtonT-6---T-9T-31mc
Casey Wittenberg---mc---T-41---
Skip Kendallmc---T-50------
Alex Aragon------mc------
Matt Harmon------mc------
Andres Gonzales---------------
Paul Haley II---------------
Jim Renner---------------
Duffy Waldorf---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Alistair Presnell
Darkhorse - Jim Renner
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Andrew Svoboda) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Camilo Benedetti) - Finished tied for 11th
 
NOTES:
The sixth installment of the South Georgia Classic begins this week in Valdosta, Georgia. Five of the six tournament winners in 2012 are in the field, as well as the top-six players on the money list. Andres Gonzales currently leads the money list with $195,810 in earnings, $39,530 ahead of Paul Haley II.

Kinderlou Forest Golf Club was designed by Davis Love III and opened for play in 2004. At 7,781 yards, Kinderlou is the longest course on the Nationwide Tour schedule in 2012. Kinderlou is a traditional, diverse course that forces golfers to use every club in their bag. The front nine flows through open fields, while the back nine plays through a mature pine forest. Rolling terrain exists throughout the course, with creeks and ravines serving as natural hazards.

Last year, Ted Potter, Jr. posted weekend rounds of 65-68 to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory. Potter finished at 16-under 272 and won by three strokes over Mathew Goggin at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Potter became the first Monday qualifier to win since Kyle Reifers won the 2006 Chattanooga Classic.

Potter will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2012 by finishing second on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list. Potter has made six cuts in 11 events on the PGA Tour this year, with his best finish being a tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. He is currently 133rd on the PGA Tour money list, with $176,905 in earnings.

Kinderlou ranked as the seventh-toughest course on the Nationwide Tour in 2011, with a scoring average of 72.441 (+0.441). It was the toughest course on the Nationwide Tour in 2010, with a scoring average of 73.187 (+1.187).

In 2010, Australian Ewan Porter overcame a 4 1/2-hour weather delay and a one-shot deficit on the final day to come from behind and win. Porter finished at 11-under 277. He won by a single stroke over Jhonattan Vegas at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Porter earned his second Nationwide Tour victory, as his other came at the 2008 Moonah Classic. It was an unexpected victory for Porter. His last made cut on the Nationwide Tour came at the 2009 Boise Open in September. Porter missed all four of his cuts in 2010 prior to that event.

In 2009, Garth Mulroy survived a double-bogey on the final hole to defeat Chris Tidland by a stroke. Mulroy closed with a three-under 69 to finish at 13-under-par 275 for his first Nationwide Tour title.

Bryan DeCorso shot a three-under 69 in the final round in 2008 to win by four shots over Bryce Molder and Greg Owen. DeCorso claimed his first Nationwide Tour victory at 14-under 274. DeCorso was the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. He became the 11th Canadian to win on the Nationwide Tour.

In 2007, John Kimbell, a 38-year-old Nationwide Tour rookie, shot a three-under 69 in the final round to win. Kimbell made a birdie at No. 16 to edge Matthew Jones by one shot, finishing at 10-under-par 278 overall for his first career win. He was the only player who broke 70 during the final round.

The Nationwide Tour remains in the Peach State next week for the Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens, where Russell Henley captured the 2011 title.

04/24 15:38:52 ET

As of April 24, 2012, at 03:39 PM ET