With 24 holes left to play in the Nationwide Tour South Georgia Classic, things were looking pretty good for Jon Mills. The 33-year old former resident of Deep River (ON), Belleville, (ON), and Brooklin (ON), held a slim one-stroke lead as he sought his third Nationwide Tour win.
Play had been start and stop for the first three days in Valdosta, Georgia, resulting in the 24 holes Mills was required to play on Sunday. Unfortunately he could not sustain his early momentum and had a rough ride to end the weekend.
Mills seemed to be fine by the completion of the third round; his score of 69 added to his opening rounds of 69 and 66 put him in a tie with Ted Potter, Jr. with just the final round to play. On the third hole of that round, things began to unravel. By the time Mills reached the 15th hole he was nine over par for the round including a devastating triple bogey on the 12th hole. He had to birdie the last two holes of the tournament to break 80 on the day, tallying a 79 in the end. That dropped him to a tie for 18th place to end the event – good for a cheque of $7,875.
It was Mills’ second top 25 of the year. With just three events plated he is in 50th place on the Nationwide Tour money list. He will be in the field this week at the Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens, Georgia.
Other Tour Notes:
– Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ontario continues to struggle on the PGA Tour. The 29 year-old shot 78, 77 to miss the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He will play in the Monday qualifier for the Wells Fargo Championship and if he is unsuccessful in securing one of the four qualifying spots he will join Jon Mills at this week’s Nationwide Tour event in Athens, Georgia.
-On the Hooters Tour Marc Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau, Quebec failed to make it to the weekend rounds. The young pro shot 78-68 to miss the cut. The tour has a week off before it starts up again in Tennessee on May 9th.