Georgia Bulldogs: Russell Henley

Swafford's chip-in wins Stadion Classic

May, 6, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia player won the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA for the second straight year.

All it took was for Hudson Swafford to shoot a course-record 9-under 62 -- capped by a chip-in for birdie out of the sand on the 18th hole -- to finish at 17 under and win by one stroke over Luke List and two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen in Sunday's final round.

"I heard it hit the pin and then I heard everybody just go nuts so I just had a feeling when I went up there and saw it disappeared," Swafford said. "I don’t know, I just kind of blacked out to be honest with you. I didn’t expect it, but I was pretty fired up when it was in the hole."

The former Bulldog entered the day in a tie for 15th place at 8 under, five strokes behind leader Tyrone Van Aswegen. He fell even further behind with a bogey on the first hole Sunday, but that turned out to be his one and only bogey of the day.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Believe it or not, Russell Henley views a bogey as the highlight of Thursday’s opening round at the Stadion Classic at UGA.

The tournament’s defending champion -- the Georgia grad was still in college when he won a year ago, becoming only the second amateur ever to win on the Nationwide Tour -- Henley rolled in a 10-foot putt on No. 1 to save bogey after burying his drive under a big tree.

“I hit it right at it and I knew it was going to go under there,” Henley said of the tree. “It always does. It’s like a magnet.”

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