Golfers compete at Doublegate for spot in Valdosta Nationwide event

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- So far when it comes to hosting professional golf events, Doublegate Golf and Country Club is 2-for-2.

This after the Nationwide Tour made another successful stop in Albany on Monday and Tuesday for one of two qualifying events held in advance of this week's Tour stop at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta.

The other was held at Glenn Arven Country Club in Thomasvile.

"We had 153 golfers in here and this was our second year hosting (the qualifier)," Doublegate head pro Ed Everett said. "The Georgia PGA came down last year, liked what they saw (in our course) and said they'd like to come back."

Doublegate closed the course Monday for the Nationwide hopefuls as seven of the 153 qualifiers earned a spot at the tournament, which starts Thursday.

Two players shot 65s to finish tied for first -- Keoke Cotner and Thomas Hagler -- while Mark Blakefield and Andy Pope shared a tie for third after firing 66s.

After the one-round event ended Monday, the final three spots had to be decided in a one-hole playoff Tuesday because seven players ended their round tied at 67.

Those spots were won by Brian Thompson, Andrew Johnson and Patrick Nagle.

Everett said he wasn't sure if the Nationwide qualifier would return next year, but hoped it would.

"We had quite a few well-known players here and I think everyone really liked the way the course played," Everett said.