Mills, Potter share lead after third round

May 01, 2011
Adam Wallace, Nationwide Tour Staff

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Canadian Jon Mills and Monday qualifier Ted Potter, Jr. are locked at 12-under 204 after the third round of the South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank & Trust Co. The duo leads by two strokes over former Florida State Seminole Jonas Blixt and two-time Nationwide Tour winner Mathew Goggin.


Argentina's Miguel Angel Carballo and South Carolina native Charles Warren are three back at 9-under 207.

The winner of the fifth annual South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank & Trust Co. will collect $112,500.

Mills made birdie on the par-4 18thhole to fire 3-under 69. He's the only player with all three rounds in the 60s. If Mills seals the deal in the final round it will be his third career victory on Tour.

Potter, who finds himself in contention to win his first Nationwide Tour event, posted a bogey-free 7-under 65. He Monday qualified for the event by firing a 66 at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville, Ga. This week is his 56th Nationwide Tour event. The Florida native has three career top-25 finishes and this is only his seventh made cut.

Potter is seeking to become the first Monday qualifier to win since Kyle Reifers won the 2006 Chattanooga Classic.

The 32 players who did not complete the third round on Saturday resumed play at 7:50 a.m. The final round will begin at approximately 10:25 a.m.

Third-Round Notes

• The third round was suspended when darkness fell at 8:12 p.m. Sunday's final round tee times will run from approximately 10:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

• All four past winners of the South Georgia Classic are in the field this week: John Kimbell (2007/-5/T17), Bryan DeCorso (2008/+4/T70), Garth Mulroy (2009/-7/T9) and Ewan Porter (2010/-2/T35).

• Bogey-free rounds in round three: Ted Potter, Jr. (65), Miguel Angel Carballo (67), Matt Davidson (67), Mathew Goggin (67) and Garth Mulroy (67).

• There are currently five Monday qualifiers in the top 25: Brian Harmon/T17, Matt Hendrix/T14, Brent Long/T7, Michael O'Neal/T17 and Ted Potter, Jr./1st. The top-25 finishers get into next week's Stadion Athens Classic at UGA.

Round Front 9 Back 9 Total
Thursday 36.344 36.688 73.032
Friday 36.405 35.905 72.311
Saturday 35.958 35.380 71.338

• Scoring averages for the week:

• Ted Potter Jr. leads the field in birdies with 18.

• Sweden's Jonas Blixt/T3 had three holes left when play resumed at 7:50 a.m. and he made the most of it by finishing birdie-birdie-birdie. The former Florida State Seminole shot 6-under 66 in the third round to get to 10-under 206 through 54 holes.

• The par-4 12th hole, playing to an average of 4.212, is the toughest hole on the course through the first three rounds. The par-5 2nd hole, playing to an average of 4.737, is the easiest.