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Is this the year?

Albany-- When the first round of the Michelob Ultra Classic tees off at Stonebridge Country club Thursday, in won't be hard to point out Albany native Josh Broadaway. Aside from his unusual cross handed grip, Broadaway is easily spotted because of his large fan base.

But the so called 'hometown hero' hasn't always performed well at the Michelob Ultra Classic. In fact Broadaway's best finish on his home course is a tie for 22nd two years ago. But Broadaway has reason to believe that this year will be different.

The Byne School product is coming off a tie for third at the Auburn Classic in which two of the three scores he posted were under 70. And just yesterday he shot a 69 at the Bell South qualifier.

Broadaway says he looks forward to putting together four solid rounds and finally being able to walk off his course on Sunday as the tourney champ.

"It's not an easy pill to swallow when you're right in the middle of the golf tournament and then just kind of disappear. And a lot of people around here ask you, 'What happened? Why didn't you play better?' And it's another year where I don't want to have to answer those questions again, so yeah I'm looking forward to it," Broadaway said.

Josh Broadaway tees off at 12:09 Thursday afternoon off the first tee.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com