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Georgia Publinx: Corbitt wins after five extra holes

VILLA RICA, Ga (Sept. 14, 2008) – First-round leader Matt Corbitt of Macon fought off two competitors over five playoff holes to capture victory at the 20th annual Georgia Public Links Championship, which took place at The Frog Golf Club at The Georgian, September 13-14. Corbitt combined a final-round 72 with a Public Links-record 65 in the opening round en route to forcing a playoff with Ryan Wilson of Pooler and Mark Whisenant of Douglasville.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Corbitt joked after securing the win. “I really had some opportunities out there that I just did not take advantage of and [Wilson] is just such great player and great guy. I really feel good about coming away with the win.”

Corbitt claimed victory on the fifth playoff hole. After Corbitt had driven his tee shot into the fairway, Wilson pulled his shot right and into the trees. Forced to punch out and chip onto the green, Wilson failed to connect on a ten-foot par putt and settled for bogey. Corbitt made par and took the title. Whisenant, who birdied the par-5 18th hole to put himself in the playoff with Corbitt and Wilson, posted bogey on the first playoff hole to finish third.

Cason Hammock of Columbus posted a final-round 69 to place fourth overall at 141. Canton’s Randy White, a 17-year old senior at Woodstock High School, carded rounds of 70 and 72 to finish alone in fifth position at even-par 142. Defending champion Brent Sizemore of Calhoun fired a final-round 69 to climb into a tie for sixth place with Mableton’s Mark Lyons. Three players – Anders Albertson of Woodstock, Brock Kaufman of Powder Springs and Roswell’s Billy Mitchell – all tied for eighth at 145.

Corbitt, a former professional who regained his amateur status earlier this year, entered the day with a one-stroke lead over Whisenant and held a three-stroke advantage on Wilson. He found trouble early in the day with bogeys at Nos. 2 and 4 but battled back with a birdie at the 191-yard eighth hole to make the turn at one-over 36. Wilson, meanwhile, carded two birdies along with seven pars on the front nine and was able to close the gap. Whisenant, like Corbitt, made the turn at one-over par.

While his fellow competitors made steady pars over the opening four holes of the inward nine, Corbitt pulled ahead with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. Corbitt could not hold onto that lead, however, as he followed with bogeys at 14 and 16.

“After I hit my shot in the hazard on 16,” Corbitt said. “I thought that I was going to let this thing slip away. I tried to stay focused though and got a couple of pars when I had to.”

Wilson, who had made birdie at 15 and pulled ahead by a stroke after Corbitt’s miscues on 16, flew the green on 17 and was forced to play out of the creek, where he settled for bogey. Wilson and Corbitt both made par on 18 for a 137 total. Whisenant, a member at The Frog Golf Club, posted eight straight pars before carding birdie on the final hole to make it a three-way playoff.

In the first flight, Walker Hill of Lawrenceville took top honors at 150. Atlanta’s Justin Sanders won the second flight with a two-day total of 153. Michael Richardson of Smyrna topped the third flight at 149. Tony Beard of Duluth won the fourth flight at 151; while Jacques Lamothe of Lilburn pulled away from the rest of the fifth flight to win with a 157. Byron’s Keli Smith took sixth flight honors with a 162.

The par-71 layout played to 6,719 yards for the championship through fifth flights and 6,307 yards for the sixth flight. Only the players competing in the championship through fifth flights were eligible for the overall title.

The field of 144 golfers was determined by the low 72 entries plus another 72 drawn by lottery. The low 72 comprise the championship flight, and the remainder of the field is divided among six flights. Entrants must not have held privileges since January 1, 2008, at any club that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.

--Courtesy GSGA

Pos Name Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
T1 Matt Corbitt, Macon* 65 72 137
T1 Ryan Wilson, Pooler 68 69 137
T1 Mark Whisenant, Douglasville 66 71 137
4 Cason Hammock, Columbus 72 69 141
5 Randy White, Canton 70 72 142
T6 Brent Sizemore, Calhoun 74 69 143
T6 Mark Lyons, Mableton 71 72 143
T8 Anders Albertson, Woodstock 74 71 145
T8 Brock Kaufman, Powder Springs 74 71 145
T8 William Mitchell, Roswell 74 71 145
T11 Bradley Crowe, Kennesaw 73 73 146
T11 Larry Clark, Kingston 72 74 146
T11 Zach Lassetter, Carrollton 73 73 146
T14 Andrew Saft, Atlanta 72 76 148
T14 Corey Murrell, Kingsland 72 76 148
T16 David Webb, Eatonton 74 75 149
T16 Dustin Shelton, Rockmart 73 76 149
T16 Jason Baldia, Valdosta 73 76 149
T16 Max Kern, Marietta 72 77 149
T16 Robert Dell Jr., Atlanta 71 78 149
T21 Eric Sharp, Dalton 78 72 150
T21 Michael Trapani, Dunwoody 72 78 150
T21 Ricky Casko, Cartersville 72 78 150
T21 Rusk Jones, Cumming 76 74 150
T21 Scott Randolph, Eatonton 72 78 150
26 Frank Remmes, Lilburn 77 74 151
T27 Brian Keller, Hiram 74 78 152
T27 Keith Hadelman, Atlanta 74 78 152
T27 Mike Montarbo, Augusta 75 77 152
T27 Seth Parmer, Bowdon 75 77 152
T27 Todd Eaker, Lawrenceville 77 75 152
T32 Jim Planche, Lawrenceville 75 78 153
T32 Martin Ball, Rome 74 79 153
T32 Michael Burns, Cornelia 77 76 153
T32 Tim Stolz, Atlanta 77 76 153
T32 Tony Barnett, Conley 72 81 153
T37 Ken Fahey, Atlanta 78 77 155
T37 Tony Fisher, Atlanta 80 75 155
39 Andy Patterson, Jackson 78 78 156
T40 Carson Pilcher, Atlanta 75 82 157
T40 Clint Harris, Atlanta 77 80 157
T40 Michael Heffner, Dallas 78 79 157
T40 Randy Hayes, Flowery Branch 78 79 157
T40 Travis Temple, Metter 76 81 157
T45 Jeff Lane, Rockmart 76 82 158
T45 Rob Northcutt, Atlanta 78 80 158
T45 Taylor Dorner, Woodstock 76 82 158
48 Jim Corrigan, Smyrna 76 83 159
T49 Gordon Gourley, Acworth 79 81 160
T49 Jason Carter, Atlanta 77 83 160
T49 Kyle Collins, Milledgeville 78 82 160
T49 Ladell Norton, Rome 77 83 160
T49 Tom Capallo, Atlanta 81 79 160
54 James Stewart, Decatur 79 83 162
T55 Jamie Kishida, Duluth 76 88 164
T55 Jonathan Pritchett, Woodstock 85 79 164
57 Butch Maxey, Pendergrass 85 80 165
T58 Michael Colburn, Hiram 83 83 166
T58 Sumpter Daniel, Duluth 80 86 166
60 Corey Hall, Woodstock 84 83 167
61 Jeff Ledford, Clarkesville 80 88 168
62 Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana, Atlanta 81 91 172
63 Robbie Davis, St. Mary's 83 91 174
64 Charles Lutz, Smyrna 89 86 175
65 Greg Newberry, Lawrenceville 90 94 184
66 Erasmus Moyo, Douglasville 94 94 188
T67 Jerad Davis, Athens 94 WD WD
T67 Jonathan Finck, Commerce 76 WD WD
T67 Lamar Gresham, Loganville 84 NS NS
T67 Rob Bohannon, Villa Rica 75 WD WD
T67 Ronnie Cargle, Summerville 79 WD WD
Pos Name Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
1 Walker Hill, Lawrenceville 72 78 150
2 Dan Jorajuria, Mableton 74 78 152
T3 Jim Hawthorne, Alpharetta 77 77 154
T3 Scott Embleau, Marietta 79 75 154
5 Wes Clark, Smyrna 76 79 155
6 Dave Cole, Smyrna 78 78 156
7 Wesley Bickham, Marietta 84 74 158
8 Colby Huff, Athens 80 79 159
9 Michael Lott, Loganville 78 82 160
T10 Barry Peets, Lilburn 79 82 161
T10 Chris Larson, Buford 78 83 161
12 Les Wells, Cohutta 81 85 166

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