May 1, 2008
Albany -- South African golfer Garth Mulroy was in the second group to tee off Thursday morning at the South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest, and gave the rest of the field something to shoot at, posting an opening round 67.
Mulroy switched to a long putter before the tournament, and despite missing a birdie try on 18, was quite pleased with the results.
"I put the long putter in today," says Mulroy. "I haven't used it since last year, so it was a good surprise."
Albany-native Josh Broadaway had a much different opening round, shooting a 4-over 76.
Most of the damage was done with a triple-bogey on hole #4, and Broadaway joked his score thinned out the crowds watching him play.
"I had a few crowds. It was kind of early for a lot of people. The rough start kind of ran a few people off, but the family was still here," said Broadaway, with a smile.
River Pointe Director of Golf Sonny Skinner opened play on the back nine, so he finished his round on #9.
On the final hole, Skinner would hit the front of the green on the par 4 from 227 yards away, and watch the ball roll within ten feet of the pin.
He would miss the birdie putt to finish the round at even par, and Skinner says the putt was a common result in his opening round.
"I'm just not getting a good feel with my putter," says Skinner. "I just hit a really nice shot there from 227 yards to about 8 or 9 feet, and I don't even hit the hole, and I felt like I read it good."
Defending champ John Kimbell carded an opening round 76, after being under par in all four rounds last year.