Nationwide Stays in Georgia for Athens Classic

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2006 Athens Regional ClassicBOGART, Ga. -- Last year, the inaugural Athens Regional Foundation Classic was won by a player who desperately needed a win.
 
By shooting a final-round 69 to cruise to a three-shot victory, Paul Gow claimed his third Nationwide Tour title -- but first since the 2000 Hershey Open.
 
'When you haven't won in a while, it makes it nice to get it done again,' Gow said. 'That's why you're here, to try and hone your game to get ready for the PGA TOUR.'
 
Gow moved on to play in eight PGA TOUR events so far this season, but he missed the cut in half of them. He returned to the Nationwide Tour last week and missed the cut at the South Georgia Classic.
 
Which means he missed John Kimbell, a 38-year-old rookie, claim his first Nationwide Tour win Sunday by shooting a 69 in the final round at Kinderlou Forest.
 
Kimbell, the only player to break 70 during a windy final round at the South Georgia Classic, will be in the field this week looking for back-to-back wins.
 
The Nationwide Tour will take a one-week break before returning April 26 for the Henrico County Open, where Matt Kuchar two-putted for birdie on the third playoff hole last year to defeat Paul Claxton.
 
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