Dickinson Still Leads in Georgia


2007 South Georgia ClassicVALDOSTA, Ga. -- A year ago, Paul Dickinson was selling insurance.
Friday, he was leading a golf tournament for the second straight day.
'I enjoy playing golf much more, that's for sure,' said Dickinson, a Monday qualifier who shot a 1-under 71 Friday to remain on top at the South Georgia Classic.
Dickinson stands at 9-under-par 154 and holds a one-shot lead on Steven Bowditch despite shooting seven shots worse than his opening-round 64. He had one bogey, two birdies and 15 pars in the second round.
'I played solid and hit the ball well. I basically played the same as I did yesterday, I just couldn't get the ball to the hole on the greens,' Dickinson said. 'The pace seemed a hair slower. I couldn't make as many putts as I did yesterday.'
Bowditch had a bogey-free 67 and was alone in second place at 8-under 136, one shot off the lead. His round included an eagle at No. 14 -- the only eagle through two rounds at the 580-yard, par-5 hole.
'I hit one of the best 3-woods of my life to about 4 feet and made the putt,' Bowditch said.
Matthew Jones (67) and John Kimbell (70) were two shots further back in a tie for third place at 6-under 138.
While many in the field may not feel comfortable at 7,781-yard Kinderlou Forest -- the longest course ever to host a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event -- Kimbell won a Hooters Tour event there last season.
'I love this place,' he said. 'I like the course...I'm a fairly long hitter, so the length helps me.'
Seven-time PGA TOUR winner John Huston -- one of 35 former PGA TOUR winners in the field -- shot a 73 and led a group of four players who were tied for fifth place at 5-under 139.
He was joined by Jess Daley (70), Dave Rummells (73) and Carlos Franco (67).
The cut fell at 1-over 145 with 70 players making the weekend.
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