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NATIONWIDE - Stadion Classic at UGA Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 6th
SITE: University of Georgia Golf Club, Athens, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1968), Davis Love III (2006)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,253
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 473 Yds10 - Par 4 475 Yds
2 - Par 4 440 Yds11 - Par 4 356 Yds
3 - Par 3 210 Yds12 - Par 5 561 Yds
4 - Par 4 473 Yds13 - Par 3 191 Yds
5 - Par 4 455 Yds14 - Par 4 418 Yds
6 - Par 4 356 Yds15 - Par 4 422 Yds
7 - Par 5 556 Yds16 - Par 3 179 Yds
8 - Par 3 190 Yds17 - Par 5 567 Yds
9 - Par 4 443 Yds18 - Par 4 488 Yds
35 3,596 Yds36 3,657 Yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Russell Henley
Runner-Up:  Troy Kelly
Tournament Record:  267 (Paul Gow, 2006)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Craig Lile, Paul Gow, 2006)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Craig Lile, 2006)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Ken Duke, 2006; Michael Sim, Bob Burns, 2009)
Course Record:  64 (Scott Gutschewski, Martin Piller, 2010)
Total Purse:  $550,000
Shares:  1st Place - $99,000; 2nd Place - $59,400; 3rd Place - $37,400
2011 Finish
Russell Henley (a)272Bubba Dickerson276
Troy Kelly274Brad Elder276
Matt Hendrix275Danny Lee276
Will Wilcox275Three players at277
Matt Davidson276
Past Stadion Classic at UGA Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011(a) Russell Henley (272) -- Troy Kelly
2010Martin Piller (272) -- Daniel Summerhays
2009*Patrick Sheehan (274) -- Michael Sim
2008*Robert Damron (277) -- Greg Owen
2007Martin Laird (272) -- Jeremy Anderson, Justin Bolli
2006Paul Gow (267) -- Craig Lile

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Athens Regional Foundation Classic (2006-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Russell HenleyT-34Won
Troy Kelly---2nd
Bubba DickersonmcT-5
Darron Stiles50thT-12
Andrew SvobodaT-60T-12
Robert DamronT-56T-25
Brett Wetterich---T-39
Andres Gonzales---T-50
Luke ListT-18mc
Paul ClaxtonT-56mc
Martin PillerWon---
Skip KendallT-56---
Casey Wittenbergmc---
Alex Aragon------
Paul Haley II------
Brian Stuard------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Brian Stuard
Darkhorse - Rob Oppenheim
Last Week's Pick to Win (Alistair Presnell) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jim Renner) - Missed the cut
The Nationwide Tour remains in Georgia for the second straight week for the Stadion Classic at UGA. The top eight players on the money list are in action this week, as well as six of the seven tournament winners in 2012. Money leader Andres Gonzales, Luke List, Paul Haley II, Alex Aragon, Skip Kendall and Casey Wittenberg are the tournament winners in the field. List won the South Georgia Classic last week and recorded his third top-10 finish of the season.

This is the third year that the event is being held at the University of Georgia Golf Club in Athens. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and opened in 1968. The first four years of the tournament were staged at Jennings Mill Country Club in Bogart, Georgia.

Last year, Russell Henley shot rounds of 72-66-66-68, 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. Henley joined Daniel Summerhays as the only amateur winners on tour. Summerhays won the 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. It was Henley's third career tour event. Harris English became the third amateur in Nationwide Tour history to win when he captured the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in July of last year.

Henley will attempt to become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend his title. He has turned professional this year and is 91st on the Nationwide Tour money list, with his best finish in 2012 being a tie for 23rd at the Chile Classic in March.

Brendan Todd became the first player in Nationwide Tour history to ace the same hole twice during the same tournament in 2009. Todd holed a seven-iron from 157 yards on the 17th hole in the first round and used and eight-iron from 147 yards to ace the same hole in the second round. He finished tied for 50th.

In 2008, Robert Damron defeated Greg Owen with a birdie on the first playoff hole. 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. The victory was the first for Damron since winning the 2001 Byron Nelson Classic on the PGA Tour.

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. Laird has since won twice on the PGA Tour, including the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, and is ranked 37th in the world.

The Nationwide Tour travels to the Carolinas in two weeks for the BMW Charity Pro-Am, where Garth Mulroy captured the 2011 title.

05/01 15:36:33 ET

As of May 1, 2012, at 03:36 PM ET