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Henley wins PGA's Sony Open

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Good morning, Bulldog Nation, and I hope you'll start your week off by joining me in congratulating former Bulldog Russell Henley for his win at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii over the weekend. Just three months after receiving his PGA Tour card, Henley won the event - his Tour debut - by three strokes Sunday in record-breaking fashion. Henley birdied the last five holes to shatter the tournament record by five strokes, while his score of 24-under 256 was second-lowest in PGA Tour history for a 72-hole event, two shots behind Tommy Armour III in 2003 at the Texas Open. Henley also set the Sony Open record for its 36-hole score (126), shared the 54-hole tournament record with Scott Langley (193), and set another record at the event by posting the lowest closing round by a champion with a 7-under 63.

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We hope you're just as proud as we are of Russell and we're glad he's representing the Dawgs so well! 

If you're so inclined, give Russell a follow on Twitter at @russhenleygolf - his followers more than doubled overnight - and congratulate him there! We know he'd love to hear from the Dawg Nation!

Below are a few links to more Russell Henley news:

*Associated Press (via Georgiadogs.com): http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-golf/spec-rel/011413aaa.html
*Yahoo Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/golf--lateral-hazard--russell-henley-opens-pga-tour-career-with-dazzling-victory-060558362.html
*Golf Digest: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/local-knowledge/2013/01/make-way-for-russell-henley-golfs-newest-star.html
*ESPN: http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/8841923/russell-henley-wins-pga-tour-debut-record-setting-fashion
*dawgsports.com: http://www.dawgsports.com/2013/1/13/3874184/uga-golfer-russell-henley-wins-first-pga-event-in-astounding-fashion
*golfchannel.com: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/smashing-success-henley-wins-sony-in-tour-debut/

Another Bulldog wins Stadion Classic

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Georgia golfers made it two in a row at the Stadion Classic, with former Bulldog Hudson Swafford winning the Nationwide event as a rookie on the tour yesterday, following up his old teammate Russell Henley's win last year. The event is held at the UGA Golf Course in Athens.

Swafford won the Stadion by one stroke, using a course-record 9-under 62 Sunday to finish at 17-under for the event with a 267, the lowest score since this tournament moved to the UGA Golf Course. He withstood runs by Vanderbilt alum Luke List and two-time U.S. Open champ Lee Janzen.

For more on Swafford's big win, check out this article posted to Georgiadogs.com, which includes an interview with the Georgia All-American.

Here are some more clips on the Bulldog victory.

*ESPN: Former Georgia Bulldog nets Nationwide Tour win with an amazing chip shot (with VIDEO)

*Huffington Post: Hudson Swafford wins Stadion Classic on college course

*AJC blog: UGA grad Swafford holes out on 18 to shoot 62 and win Stadion

*ABH: Former UGA golfer wins 2012 Stadion Classic (with VIDEO)

Stadion Classic in full "swing"

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...no pun intended! Ha, ha, ha...

So, with the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA kicking off this week (an event that was won by Georgia's Russell Henley last season), Between The Hedges was on site to capture some of the action leading up to the tournament. 

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On Monday morning, a host of former Bulldogs were back in town and out at the course to participate in the Celebrity Pro-Am that afternoon. We caught up with participant Hines Ward before he teed off, and the former Bulldog and NFL star talked about how he loves coming back to Athens, his hopes to one day start a broadcasting and coaching career, and how he hoped to beat his old QB Mike Bobo on the course.

You can check out Hines' interview as well as some others right here, thanks to GTV.

Later in the day, the Georgia men's and women's golf teams held a clinic for children at the UGA Golf Course. Between The Hedges had the chance to talk to Georgia's Director of Golf Dave Cousart, who spoke highly of the event:

"It's a great event, one we normally have at the beginning of the tournament on Monday afternoon. We've got a great turnout too, looks like 150 kids or so, so that's our biggest ever--and when I say kids, we've got maybe 30 college students here, probably in addition to 150 little ones. We try to do it from three years old all the way up to college age. It's part of the Nationwide Tour, as you can see there's about 20 of those pros out here helping us. You've also got the Women's Golf team, and somewhere around here are the guys too. It's just a great, fun event."

We also spoke with Shane Todd of Chick-Fil-A Beechwood, the head sponsor of the event:

"This particular event is great because obviously, it gets kids involved. So Thursday through Sunday is the golf tournament for the golf fans, but here we get to focus on kids age three all the way up through high school. Chick-Fil-A is proud to be a part of that."


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Be sure to check out the Stadion Classic, as it's not every day a Nationwide event winds up in a small town like Athens! And you also might get to see a Georgia player or two out there! All the info you need is here

SEC golf sneak peek

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By Steve Colquitt


The SEC Men's Golf Championships will be held Friday through Sunday at Sea Island Golf Club on Sea Island. Rob Matre, an accomplished golf photographer, shared with us a hole-by-hole look at the course. Take a look -- and it will make you wish you were a golfer from the SEC.

 

http://www.robertmatre.com/sec2012/course-tour/

Bubba Watson's Monday press clippings

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There's no shortage of things that can be said about Bubba Watson's performance yesterday at the Masters, what it meant for Bubba and what it meant for us here at Georgia. It's always amazing to watch former players excel at the highest level after they leave Athens - it speaks to the experience they had here and how they were shaped as a player. It happens all the time with John Isner, and Big John is never shy of sporting a Georgia cap or mentioning how lucky he is to have opted for college tennis. But not wanting to repeat what's already been said, here's our best collection of Bubba press clippings from the past 24 hours. Hope you enjoy - and what a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog!

My personal favorite, from our local paper the Athens Banner-Herald...










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