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Broadaway ties for 4th, while UGA grad English wins Nationwide event

Josh Broadaway

Josh Broadaway

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Josh Broadaway may have just found his good luck charm -- his family.

For the second week in a row, Broadaway's wife and children stayed with him as he competed on the Nationwide Tour. And for the second week in a row, the Albany native brought home a top-five finish.

Broadaway, who graduated from Byne Christian and played golf at Troy, shot a 6-under 65 in Sunday's final round of the Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio and made a late charge at the leaders.

After starting the day in 13th place and eight shots behind leader John Peterson, Broadaway climbed his way to a tie for fourth place and walked away with $70,400 in winnings -- the most money he has ever won in a golf tournament.

"(My family) has been with me for two weeks now, and I have won around $90,000," said Broadaway, who led last week's Chiquita Classic at the TPC River's Bend Course in Cincinnati after two days before losing the lead Saturday to eventual-winner Russell Knox and finishing tied for fifth.

Broadaway finished the tournament 12-under, just two shots behind Thomasville native and former Georgia Bulldog Harris English, who was one shot behind Peterson entering the final day. Peterson tied for second at 13-under along with Kyle Reifers.

"I could not be prouder of Harris," Georgia coach Chris Haack said in UGA news release. "He was such a great member of our program, both on and off the golf course, and it's great to see him enjoy this success. He works so hard at what he does, so he deserves this."

It's the second time this year that a UGA golfer has won a Nationwide tournament. UGA grad Russell Henley won the Stadion Classic in early May. Henley, English and Daniel Summerhays -- who won the Children's Hospital Invitational in 2003 -- are the only amateurs to win on the Nationwide Tour.

Because Harris and Peterson are both amateurs, Broadaway took home the cash equivalent of tying for second place. But the money wasn't the only thing Broadaway was thrilled about during a phone interview with the Herald Sunday evening.

"I am playing really solid," he said. "I played solid all week and didn't make many mistakes. When I did (make mistakes) I was able to fight through and keep playing and stay in the moment and play one hole at a time."

There were moments when Broadaway struggled on the Ohio State University Scarlet Course -- namely on the first two holes.

He bogeyed the second hole three times and double bogeyed the first hole Saturday.

"I definitely had some slow starts. It's weird because I usually get off to quick starts," he said. "I didn't miss a shot after No. 2 (on Sunday). I hit a bad wedge on No. 16, but other than that I hit every shot."

After bogeying the par-four second hole, Broadaway tallied seven birdies and nine pars throughout the rest of Sunday's round.