April 10, 2007
Valdosta - Before he was mastering Augusta National, Zach Johnson was the player of the year on the PGA's Nationwide Tour.
A future Masters or U.S. Open champion could be teeing it up in Valdosta this week.
The PGA's Nationwide Tour players are ready to challenge what will be a very long test of golf at the inaugural South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest.
The field not only has tomorrow's stars on the P-G-A circuit but also some players who have had a taste of life on the big tour, like former University of Georgia golfer Tommy Tolles.
Tolles finished third at the Masters ten years ago, and says there is the difference betwteen the two tours is more mental than physical.
Tommy Tolles said "A majority of it is just confidence. Knowing what you can do. Knowing your limitations and excepting that. a lot of the younger guys out here and some of us veterans too still think we can do things that are superhuman and we can't."
Tommy Tolles has been on the tour since 1998.
He has seven top five finishes in 233 tournaments and he had two victories on the Nationwide Tour.
The first annual Nationwide Tour South Georgia Classic starts Thursday morning at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, with the final round Sunday.