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Friday, November 16

Russell Henley won the Stadion Classic at UGA in 2011 as an amateur before the end of his final season in college. (Photo courtesy of UGA Sports Communications)

The final stage of the PGA Tour's Q-School will begin Nov. 28, but there are two former UGA golfers who won't have to take that step, as they recently received the call-up already from the minor leagues.

Russell Henley and Justin Bolli finished in the Top 10 this past year on the Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour). That Tour's top 25 annual finishers automatically receive PGA Tour cards. Another former UGA golfer, Hudson Swafford, barely missed the mark, finishing 27th. (Here is the full Top 25).

As it stands, Henley will enter the PGA Tour next year with quite a bit of light on him. Take this story, for example, which lists Henley as the top player to watch from the Tour's 25 ...

Russell Henley: The 23-year-old former Georgia Bulldog will join former teammates Brian Harman and Harris English next year on the PGA Tour. It was a surprise last year when he didn't make it through Q-school after winning on the Tour as an amateur in 2011.

But Henley came out in 2012 and won twice on the developmental tour to easily earn his card. The Macon, Ga. native isn't anything special to look at. His swing isn't as stylish or graceful as English's or some of the other young players, but he is a relentless competitor.

Yet if he wants his game to translate well to the big tour, he better start his season out better than he did this year when he missed the cut in half of his first 12 events. If he plays that poorly, he will have a tough time just getting into tournaments.



Coaches are people too, as the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Mike Strange illustrates during the threat of a coaching change at Tennessee.

And elsewhere in the SEC, as illustrated by the AJC's Mark Bradley.



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