Power Rankings: Stadion Classic at UGA

April 30, 2013

By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM

It’s a Dawg’s life at the Stadion Classic.

Former University of Georgia teammates Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley have won the past two editions – no surprise, considering the UGA Golf Course serves as the event’s venue.

The way the Bulldogs have helped fill PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour rosters in recent years, there’s a lot of talent familiar with the 7,271-yard layout. Swafford is one of six former Dawgs who will tee it up this week.

“Anytime you can be comfortable playing golf, it’s definitely a step up,” said Swafford, the third Bulldog to win a Web.com Tour event in the past two years. “It’s kind of like college all over again.”

The field also will include two current Bulldogs – T.J. Mitchell and Keith Mitchell – and Scott Parel, a 1986 UGA grad who worked 10 years as a computer programmer before pursuing a golf career.

Swafford’s total of 17-under-par 267 tied the tournament record, set by Paul Gow in 2006 when the inaugural event was played at Jennings Mill CC. The 268s posted by runners-up Luke List and Lee Janzen would have won in any other year.

Power Rankings for this week’s Stadion Classic:

Power Rankings: Stadion Classic at UGA
Rank Player   Comment
Hudson SWAFFORD Hudson SWAFFORD The Peach State certainly seems to put the defending champ at ease. Last week’s tie for 11th at the South Georgia Classic was his best finish so far in 2013. A year ago, a tie for 18th in Valdosta set the table for winning in Athens.
Michael PUTNAM Michael PUTNAM Last week’s tie for second was his third top-10 finish in his past four starts, not to mention a nice bounceback from a missed cut in Midland. Putnam ranks fourth in scoring average (69.5) and sixth in the all-around stats.
Will WILCOX Will WILCOX An improved short game has fueled Wilcox’s rise in recent weeks – though who needs short game when you hole out from the fairway twice on the weekend? Last Saturday’s 63 may be tough to duplicate, but he’s playing with confidence.
Ben MARTIN Ben MARTIN The brief summary will show Martin has no top-10 finishes yet this year. Less obvious is the South Carolina native has tied for 11th in each of his past two starts. Oddly, he has just three rounds below 68 this year – and one above 72.
Kevin KISNER Kevin KISNER Another link in the UGA connection, Kisner already has a win this year after capturing the Chile Classic with the help of a Saturday 61. Though he hasn’t broken 70 in his past six rounds, some home cooking may be all he needs.