NGA Tour: Trent Whitekiller, Wesley Graham share Killearn lead

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First round halted at 6:30 p.m.; Restart at 8 a.m. Friday

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Tallahassee, Fla. – February 21, 2013 – In a field filled with battle-tested veterans, a pair of relative newcomers to the NGA TOUR made their presence known in the first round of the Killearn Country Club Classic on Thursday.

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NGA rookies Wesley Graham and Trent Whitekiller opened the $200,000 event with 7-under 65s and held a share of the lead in the clubhouse when play was suspended due to darkness at 6:30 p.m. during the first round.

 

Whitekiller, a former All-American at Oklahoma State University from Sallisaw, Okla., played the 6,988-yard course without a bogey in the first round and rattled in seven birdies to earn a share of the clubhouse lead in his second NGA TOUR start.

 

“It was just one of those days,” said Whitekiller, a former teammate of PGA TOUR star Rickie Fowler at OSU. “I only missed two greens and those were on the fringe. It was a stress-free round, and that doesn’t happen too often.”

 

Graham, a former Florida State University standout from Port Orange, overcame a stressful start to join Whitekiller atop the leaderboard late in the day. After bogeying the second hole, Graham rallied back with eight birdies to close the round. Graham is making just his fifth NGA TOUR Pro Series start.

 

Longwood’s Sam Ryder and Lake City’s Blayne Barber made it four rookies pacing the field. In his sixth Pro Series start, Ryder, a former Stetson University golfer, posted seven birdies and one bogey in the opening round, while Barber, a former Auburn All-American, had four birdies and an eagle on Thursday. Barber, who finished T42 last week in the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open, and Ryder are tied for third with NGA TOUR veterans James Vargas and Marc-Etienne Bussieres.

 

Vargas, a former University of Florida golfer from Miami, had six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle in the first round and Bussieres, a former University South Alabama golfer from Quebec, carded eight birdies and two bogeys in the opening round.

 

Lakeland’s Danny Evelyn posted seven birdies and two bogeys during Thursday’s first round en route to a 5-under 67. Evelyn, a former Florida Southern golfer, is tied for seventh with Max Gilbert (St. George, Quebec), Clayton Rask (Otsego, Minn.) and T.J. Bordeaux (Tacoma, Wash.).

 

Joseph Kinney, Daniel Mazziotta, Justin Hueber, Jason Millard, Ken Looper, Chris Erwin, Andrew Landry, Rich Cochran, Seth Fair, Ryan Brehm, Jesse Hutchins and FSU alum Kyle Cobb opened with 4-under 68s and were tied for 10th when play was halted.

 

The players unable to complete the first round will restart at 8 a.m. on Friday. The second round of the Killearn Country Club Classic will start at its regularly scheduled time. As always, admission is free to the public.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA and Web.com Tours and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour Professionals.

 

The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.

 

NGA alumni include: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; British Open Champion Tom Lehman; PGA Champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship Winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year Michael Thompson; 2012 PGA TOUR winners Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings and Scott Piercy.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour, established in 1988, predates the Web.com Tour as the longest running developmental tour in golf. In 2012, the NGA TOUR became the “Official Partner of the 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open” and secured one PGA TOUR and six Web.com Tour event exemptions for its members, the most in developmental golf.

 

For more information on the NGA or the NGA Pro Golf Tour, please visit our website at www.NGATOUR.com or contact our Tour Office at (800) 992-8748.


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