April 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia golfers Nicholas Reach and Brian Carter have earned sponsor's exemptions to participate in the Stadion Classic at UGA Nationwide Tour event April 30 through May 6 at the UGA Golf Course.
After playing a full regular season and the Southeastern Conference Championship, Carter and Reach finished with the lowest scoring averages among the Bulldogs who played in 70 percent or more of the tournaments. The Stadion Classic at UGA awards two sponsor's exemptions every year for current Bulldogs.
"We are really fortunate to have a great group of young players with so much potential on this team," said Coach Chris Haack. "Having the opportunity to showcase our players at the Stadion Classic is really special for our players and our program. Our alumni have had great success on both the Nationwide and PGA tours, and I expect we will see much of the same from these guys."
Last year, former Bulldog Russell Henley earned one of the exemptions and ultimately won the Stadion Classic at UGA, becoming just the second amateur golfer to ever win a Nationwide Tour event. His teammate, Harris English, earned the other exemption and finished in the top 20. Later in the year, English became the third amateur winner in tour history. This year, Henley is a rookie on the Nationwide Tour, while English has his PGA Tour card.
Reach, who hails from Moscow, Pa., leads the team in stroke average and has five top-10 finishes in his freshman campaign. This will be Reach's fourth start on the Nationwide Tour, having previously competed in the 2008 and 2009 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic and the 2011 Melwood Prince George's County Open. He also won the inaugural Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in 2011, shooting a course-record 10-under-par 62 in the first round.
Carter is a sophomore and a native of Augusta, Ga. He has appeared in seven events this season, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Northeast Tri Match, a 10th-place finish in the Linger Longer Invitational and a 13th-place finish in the SEC Championship.
The Athens stop on the Nationwide Tour is entering its seventh year and its third with the University of Georgia as host. It is one of two Nationwide Tour stops in Georgia, the other being the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta. For more information on the Stadion Classic at UGA, visit stadionclassic.uga.edu.