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Early predictions call for full summer pool at Thurmond Lake

Thurmond Lake is expected to be full this summer, according to early predictions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels at the reservoir are expected to reach full or near-full pool by late May, said Billy Birdwell, a spokesman for the Corps. Forecasts calling for average rainfall in the spring will help the water rise as the targeted water level – known as the “guide curve” – increases from its lowest point during the winter, he said.

“My prognosis is it should put us right at guide curve or a foot below guide curve about Memorial Day weekend, which is a good place to start the summer,” Birdwell said.

On Monday, the lake was 327.05 feet above sea level, or one foot below the targeted level, according to Corps water management data. The water level has been slightly below the guide curve throughout the winter, with the exception of an early January spike.

“We’ve been hovering just below guide curve,” Birdwell said.

From mid-October to April 1, the guide curve is between 326 and 330 feet above sea level, where it stays during warmer months. However, the Corps has been keeping the lake level no higher than 329 feet for safety measures during repair work at Thurmond Dam. Releases from the dam to the Savannah River increase if the water level exceeds the guide curve.

Rainfall in January was below average for the Thurmond Lake basin, but lake levels were not significantly affected, according to the Corps. During the winter, there is more water runoff from the banks because vegetation does not absorb as much and there is less evaporation from the lake surface.

This summer could feature similar conditions to the past two at Thurmond Lake, unlike low water levels experienced during drought years, Birdwell said.

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Early predictions call for full summer pool at Thurmond Lake

Thurmond Lake is expected to be full this summer, according to early predictions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels at the reservoir are expected to reach full or near-full pool by late May, said Billy Birdwell, a spokesman for the Corps. Forecasts calling for average rainfall in the spring will help the water rise as the targeted water level – known as the “guide curve” – increases from its lowest point during the winter, he said.

“My prognosis is it should put us right at guide curve or a foot below guide curve about Memorial Day weekend, which is a good place to start the summer,” Birdwell said.

On Monday, the lake was 327.05 feet above sea level, or one foot below the targeted level, according to Corps water management data. The water level has been slightly below the guide curve throughout the winter, with the exception of an early January spike.

“We’ve been hovering just below guide curve,” Birdwell said.

From mid-October to April 1, the guide curve is between 326 and 330 feet above sea level, where it stays during warmer months. However, the Corps has been keeping the lake level no higher than 329 feet for safety measures during repair work at Thurmond Dam. Releases from the dam to the Savannah River increase if the water level exceeds the guide curve.

Rainfall in January was below average for the Thurmond Lake basin, but lake levels were not significantly affected, according to the Corps. During the winter, there is more water runoff from the banks because vegetation does not absorb as much and there is less evaporation from the lake surface.

This summer could feature similar conditions to the past two at Thurmond Lake, unlike low water levels experienced during drought years, Birdwell said.

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Grovetown seventh-grader drafting second piece of legislation

The Grovetown seventh-grader who convinced lawmakers this year to introduce a bill that would lower the minimum age for holding state office has begun drafting his second piece of legislation.

CJ Pearson, 12, said Monday he is working on a bill proposal that would make it a civil penalty in Georgia for teachers to refuse students permission to use the restroom if it results in an accident.

CJ said he came up with the idea after reading a story about a Florida kindergartner who wet herself after her teacher declined her persistent requests.

He began researching the issue and read report after report of similar cases but found no laws in place to prevent such accidents.

The legislation would give families an avenue to sue teachers and schools for the unnecessary suffering that comes with having an accident in front of classmates.

CJ, who identifies as a Re­pub­lican “with strong Liber­tarian views,” said this is not meant to be big government controlling classrooms but rather a safeguard to prevent embarrassing episodes.

“This is not the state regulating bathroom breaks,” he said. “That is still up to the boards of educations. But it will penalize teachers and the schools to allow a student to be consistently denied the right to go to the restroom and they have an accident on themselves.”

Rep. Dexter Sharper, D-Valdosta, agreed to sponsor the bill after CJ contacted him on Facebook. Sharper, a paramedic and second-year representative, said he hopes to have a draft written by Friday to have the bill introduced next week.

Sharper said he hadn’t thought much of the issue before CJ’s message, but once he began researching it, he realized bathroom freedoms are blocked more than people might
realize.

Through speaking with students and families, Sharper said he met a young man in Valdosta with a kidney disease and heard a firsthand account of being denied the right to go to the bathroom and having an accident as a result.

“If a child uses the restroom in their clothes, especially as a teenager, it’s going to get to the point where that kid is ridiculed by other classmates, it’s going to go through that school really fast,” he said. “That person could go home and commit suicide, or that kid could come to school and shoot up the kids that teased him or the teacher who did not allow him to go.”

Sharper said the bill will be written with common-sense exceptions to prevent abuse of the system.

He said the measure will account for students who ask for hall passes excessively, those who disrupt class and those who ask to leave during testing.

CJ said because every district is unique, it would be important for local boards of education to create a policy about bathroom breaks to prevent accidents and lawsuits. Some could write policy that clarifies what makes an appropriate time to go to the bathroom, how many request are excessive, and other factors.

“We’re encouraging them to deal with this problem head on,” CJ said. “We’re setting the fire under the wood to say this is what you need to do, here are the consequences if this happens.”

CJ founded Young Georgians in Govern­ment last year and has recruited about 15 field representatives from across the state to serve in the organization.

The group’s first legislative pitch to lower the minimum age to serve in office materialized as two sister bills were introduced in January.

Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, sponsored SR 27, which would lower the qualifying age for senators from 25 to 21, and Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, sponsored HR 37 to lower the age for serving in the House from 21 to 18.

CJ said apart from politics, he is passionate about getting other young people involved in issues that matter.

He started his civic involvement by becoming the youngest class president ever elected at Columbia Middle and has no plans to stop there.

“You don’t get change by sitting on your couch playing (the video game) Call of Duty, you make change by going out and doing something,” he said.

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Grovetown seventh-grader drafting second piece of legislation

The Grovetown seventh-grader who convinced lawmakers this year to introduce a bill that would lower the minimum age for holding state office has begun drafting his second piece of legislation.

CJ Pearson, 12, said Monday he is working on a bill proposal that would make it a civil penalty in Georgia for teachers to refuse students permission to use the restroom if it results in an accident.

CJ said he came up with the idea after reading a story about a Florida kindergartner who wet herself after her teacher declined her persistent requests.

He began researching the issue and read report after report of similar cases but found no laws in place to prevent such accidents.

The legislation would give families an avenue to sue teachers and schools for the unnecessary suffering that comes with having an accident in front of classmates.

CJ, who identifies as a Re­pub­lican “with strong Liber­tarian views,” said this is not meant to be big government controlling classrooms but rather a safeguard to prevent embarrassing episodes.

“This is not the state regulating bathroom breaks,” he said. “That is still up to the boards of educations. But it will penalize teachers and the schools to allow a student to be consistently denied the right to go to the restroom and they have an accident on themselves.”

Rep. Dexter Sharper, D-Valdosta, agreed to sponsor the bill after CJ contacted him on Facebook. Sharper, a paramedic and second-year representative, said he hopes to have a draft written by Friday to have the bill introduced next week.

Sharper said he hadn’t thought much of the issue before CJ’s message, but once he began researching it, he realized bathroom freedoms are blocked more than people might
realize.

Through speaking with students and families, Sharper said he met a young man in Valdosta with a kidney disease and heard a firsthand account of being denied the right to go to the bathroom and having an accident as a result.

“If a child uses the restroom in their clothes, especially as a teenager, it’s going to get to the point where that kid is ridiculed by other classmates, it’s going to go through that school really fast,” he said. “That person could go home and commit suicide, or that kid could come to school and shoot up the kids that teased him or the teacher who did not allow him to go.”

Sharper said the bill will be written with common-sense exceptions to prevent abuse of the system.

He said the measure will account for students who ask for hall passes excessively, those who disrupt class and those who ask to leave during testing.

CJ said because every district is unique, it would be important for local boards of education to create a policy about bathroom breaks to prevent accidents and lawsuits. Some could write policy that clarifies what makes an appropriate time to go to the bathroom, how many request are excessive, and other factors.

“We’re encouraging them to deal with this problem head on,” CJ said. “We’re setting the fire under the wood to say this is what you need to do, here are the consequences if this happens.”

CJ founded Young Georgians in Govern­ment last year and has recruited about 15 field representatives from across the state to serve in the organization.

The group’s first legislative pitch to lower the minimum age to serve in office materialized as two sister bills were introduced in January.

Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, sponsored SR 27, which would lower the qualifying age for senators from 25 to 21, and Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, sponsored HR 37 to lower the age for serving in the House from 21 to 18.

CJ said apart from politics, he is passionate about getting other young people involved in issues that matter.

He started his civic involvement by becoming the youngest class president ever elected at Columbia Middle and has no plans to stop there.

“You don’t get change by sitting on your couch playing (the video game) Call of Duty, you make change by going out and doing something,” he said.

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Property Transfers, Feb. 22, 2015

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Royce J. Morris and Rebekah J. Morris, 171 Edenburg Way, $225,985.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Chaehyon Pyon, 210 Ryan Lane, $242,000.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Roger C. Cole Jr. and Cheri L. Cole, 8521 Crenshaw Drive, $264,990.

Jennifer T. Brackett nka Papadopoulos to Jeffrey S. Peebles and Mandi K. Peebles, 607 Birkdale Court, $320,000.

Christopher M. Crookshanks to David F. Brown and Carrie M. Brown, 203 Clyde Ave., $290,000.

John A. Fairburn to Rhonda B. Clark and Christa A. Clark, 604 Brandywine Drive, $223,000.

Parks Motlow to Matthew H. Tiner, 304 Old Salem Way, $152,900.

JR Homes of Alabama LLC to Michael T. Marbury, 729 Old Indian Camp Road, $274,100.

All Weathers Construction Co. LLC to John H. Hall III and Sherry A. Hall, 314 Kirkwood Drive, $422,000.

Gregory Properties LLC to Donald H. Dixon, 656 Gregory Drive, $30,100.

Martha M.Shurling to Cynthia A.S. Hall, 792 Faircloth Commons Road, $110,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Timothy S. Pinkley, 536 Brantley Cove Circle, $179,830.

Michael Clyde Down and David L. Dorn to Brian T. Abbott, parcel ID 036002, $45,000.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Vishal Nanda, parcel ID 077E246, $100,000.

Queen E. Elseth to Melvin D. La Pan, parcel ID 073L104, $140,000.

Robert F. Mullins to Richard Cartie and Cynthia Cartie, 4361 Deerwood Lane, $800,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 4061 Dewaal St., $45,000.

Nestor L. Nieves to Clark Lawrence Brittingham and Michelle Loraine Brittingham, parcel ID 082J112, $130,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 743 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 750 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 744 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 310 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 312 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Marion Stringer and Dixie Lee Stringer, 2429 Newbury Ave., $184,335.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 729 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 737 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 739 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 743 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 747 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 749 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 751 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 755 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 762 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 742 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 740 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 1510 Driftwood Lane, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 315 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc. to Ryan C. Norton and Jami J. Norton, 5643 Sunbury Loop, $350,655.

First Bank of Georgia to Ernie N. Blackburn, 1053 Peninsula Crossing, $150,000.

South Georgia Custom Homes LLC to Niekro C. Maggitt, parcel ID 0681122, $214,900.

Jeffrey Scott Badgley to South Georgia Custom Homes LLC, parcel ID 065016A, $170,000.

Glynn S. Bruker to Park Ridge Builders Inc., parcel ID 068898, $35,000.

William H. Eubank Jr. to Miles Daniel White and Joyce White, parcel ID 027075, $1,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Belair Properties LLC, 759 Bishops Circle, $97,740.

Jonathan W. Hodges to Travis L. Hernandez and Heather W. Hernandez, parcel ID 074013J, $200,000.

PM Real Estate LLC to CEW Investments Inc., 1400 Collins Drive, $33,000.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 543 Brantley Cove Circle, $30,500.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 541 Brantley Cove Circle, $30,500.

Sudhendra Hublikar to Robert H. Wilson and Calvin Lawrence Hobbs, 577 Bay Hill, $45,000.

Danual J. Lewis to Peter A. Frohling and Carley M. Frohling, 3464 Rhodes Hill Drive, $325,000.

Laurence M. Mixon to Christopher J. Melcher and Melanie A. Melcher, 3495 Lonesome Pine Court, $279,900.

Daniel W. Rabon and Ashley L. Rabon to Stone Financing LLC, 4085 Eagle Nest Drive, $214,900.

Stone Financing LLC to Rebecca M. Tyler, 4085 Eagle Nest Drive, $214,900.

Kathryn B. Selby to S.A. LLC, a portion of parcel ID 062086, $1,705,000.

Adriana L. Barbee to Zee S. Sultan, 413 Fernhurst Lane, $22,000.

Designer Homes and Construction LLC to Bart L. Deisch, parcel ID 068987, $209,900.

First Choice Homebuilders LLC to Amanda Peterson and James Peterson, 322 Kirkwood Drive, $401,000.

Rhodes Farm LLC to North Star Home Builders LLC, 106 Rhodes Trail, $70,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 757 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 758 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 756 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 754 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 752 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to James E. Fairey Jr. and Ronna L. Fairey, 2414 Newbury Ave., $179,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 1509 Driftwood Lane, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 1508 Driftwood Lane, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 305 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 309 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Dwight David Goodman to Mai Tuyet Tran, parcel ID 073B201, $74,000.

Michael Wayne Hill as trustee of the Hill Family Trust dated Nov. 16, 2011, to Yasitu Richardson, parcel ID 072M135, $275,000.

Martin Tyler Moore to James E. Norwood and Michelle L. Norwood, parcel ID 069613, $103,000.

William E. Sandoval to James Harold Feltner and Leslie D. Winters, parcel ID 078707, $304,297.

River Island Development Co. LLC to Michael J. Sizemore and Connie J. Sizemore, parcel ID 081390, $63,800.

Donna C. Miller to Abigail C. Breckenridge, parcel ID 077G348, $123,900.

IDK Homes Inc. to Julia B. Sammons, parcel ID 0671521, $239,900.

Virginia P. Lovelace to Thomas O. Lovelace II, parcel ID 073E347, $100,000.

Julie Bagby Sammons aka Julie B. Arrowood to Heggie’s Rock Investments LLC, parcel ID 050510, $107,500.

The estate of Elizabeth M. Riddle to John A. Riddle, parcel ID 029079, $90,000.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC and River Island Development Co. LLC to Gary Shaw Homes Inc., parcel ID 081394, $50,000.

Travis M. Newsome to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 1047 Waltons Pass, $171,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Byron A. Edwards, parcel ID 0611910, $164,000.

Rebecca A. Huff to Robert S. White and Christine White, parcel ID 060662, $217,800.

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Property Transfers, Feb. 22, 2015

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Royce J. Morris and Rebekah J. Morris, 171 Edenburg Way, $225,985.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Chaehyon Pyon, 210 Ryan Lane, $242,000.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Roger C. Cole Jr. and Cheri L. Cole, 8521 Crenshaw Drive, $264,990.

Jennifer T. Brackett nka Papadopoulos to Jeffrey S. Peebles and Mandi K. Peebles, 607 Birkdale Court, $320,000.

Christopher M. Crookshanks to David F. Brown and Carrie M. Brown, 203 Clyde Ave., $290,000.

John A. Fairburn to Rhonda B. Clark and Christa A. Clark, 604 Brandywine Drive, $223,000.

Parks Motlow to Matthew H. Tiner, 304 Old Salem Way, $152,900.

JR Homes of Alabama LLC to Michael T. Marbury, 729 Old Indian Camp Road, $274,100.

All Weathers Construction Co. LLC to John H. Hall III and Sherry A. Hall, 314 Kirkwood Drive, $422,000.

Gregory Properties LLC to Donald H. Dixon, 656 Gregory Drive, $30,100.

Martha M.Shurling to Cynthia A.S. Hall, 792 Faircloth Commons Road, $110,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Timothy S. Pinkley, 536 Brantley Cove Circle, $179,830.

Michael Clyde Down and David L. Dorn to Brian T. Abbott, parcel ID 036002, $45,000.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Vishal Nanda, parcel ID 077E246, $100,000.

Queen E. Elseth to Melvin D. La Pan, parcel ID 073L104, $140,000.

Robert F. Mullins to Richard Cartie and Cynthia Cartie, 4361 Deerwood Lane, $800,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 4061 Dewaal St., $45,000.

Nestor L. Nieves to Clark Lawrence Brittingham and Michelle Loraine Brittingham, parcel ID 082J112, $130,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 743 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 750 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 744 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 310 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 312 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Marion Stringer and Dixie Lee Stringer, 2429 Newbury Ave., $184,335.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 729 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 737 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 739 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 743 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 747 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 749 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 751 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 755 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 762 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 742 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 740 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 1510 Driftwood Lane, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 315 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc. to Ryan C. Norton and Jami J. Norton, 5643 Sunbury Loop, $350,655.

First Bank of Georgia to Ernie N. Blackburn, 1053 Peninsula Crossing, $150,000.

South Georgia Custom Homes LLC to Niekro C. Maggitt, parcel ID 0681122, $214,900.

Jeffrey Scott Badgley to South Georgia Custom Homes LLC, parcel ID 065016A, $170,000.

Glynn S. Bruker to Park Ridge Builders Inc., parcel ID 068898, $35,000.

William H. Eubank Jr. to Miles Daniel White and Joyce White, parcel ID 027075, $1,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Belair Properties LLC, 759 Bishops Circle, $97,740.

Jonathan W. Hodges to Travis L. Hernandez and Heather W. Hernandez, parcel ID 074013J, $200,000.

PM Real Estate LLC to CEW Investments Inc., 1400 Collins Drive, $33,000.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 543 Brantley Cove Circle, $30,500.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 541 Brantley Cove Circle, $30,500.

Sudhendra Hublikar to Robert H. Wilson and Calvin Lawrence Hobbs, 577 Bay Hill, $45,000.

Danual J. Lewis to Peter A. Frohling and Carley M. Frohling, 3464 Rhodes Hill Drive, $325,000.

Laurence M. Mixon to Christopher J. Melcher and Melanie A. Melcher, 3495 Lonesome Pine Court, $279,900.

Daniel W. Rabon and Ashley L. Rabon to Stone Financing LLC, 4085 Eagle Nest Drive, $214,900.

Stone Financing LLC to Rebecca M. Tyler, 4085 Eagle Nest Drive, $214,900.

Kathryn B. Selby to S.A. LLC, a portion of parcel ID 062086, $1,705,000.

Adriana L. Barbee to Zee S. Sultan, 413 Fernhurst Lane, $22,000.

Designer Homes and Construction LLC to Bart L. Deisch, parcel ID 068987, $209,900.

First Choice Homebuilders LLC to Amanda Peterson and James Peterson, 322 Kirkwood Drive, $401,000.

Rhodes Farm LLC to North Star Home Builders LLC, 106 Rhodes Trail, $70,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 757 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 758 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 756 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 754 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 752 Burch Creek Drive, $47,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to James E. Fairey Jr. and Ronna L. Fairey, 2414 Newbury Ave., $179,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 1509 Driftwood Lane, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 1508 Driftwood Lane, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 305 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Baker Place Development LLC to Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc., 309 Firelight Drive, $42,000.

Dwight David Goodman to Mai Tuyet Tran, parcel ID 073B201, $74,000.

Michael Wayne Hill as trustee of the Hill Family Trust dated Nov. 16, 2011, to Yasitu Richardson, parcel ID 072M135, $275,000.

Martin Tyler Moore to James E. Norwood and Michelle L. Norwood, parcel ID 069613, $103,000.

William E. Sandoval to James Harold Feltner and Leslie D. Winters, parcel ID 078707, $304,297.

River Island Development Co. LLC to Michael J. Sizemore and Connie J. Sizemore, parcel ID 081390, $63,800.

Donna C. Miller to Abigail C. Breckenridge, parcel ID 077G348, $123,900.

IDK Homes Inc. to Julia B. Sammons, parcel ID 0671521, $239,900.

Virginia P. Lovelace to Thomas O. Lovelace II, parcel ID 073E347, $100,000.

Julie Bagby Sammons aka Julie B. Arrowood to Heggie’s Rock Investments LLC, parcel ID 050510, $107,500.

The estate of Elizabeth M. Riddle to John A. Riddle, parcel ID 029079, $90,000.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC and River Island Development Co. LLC to Gary Shaw Homes Inc., parcel ID 081394, $50,000.

Travis M. Newsome to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 1047 Waltons Pass, $171,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Byron A. Edwards, parcel ID 0611910, $164,000.

Rebecca A. Huff to Robert S. White and Christine White, parcel ID 060662, $217,800.

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Marriage Licenses, Feb. 22, 2015

Ricardo Rodriguez Wright and Nicole Shere Sheats applied for a marriage license on Jan. 29, 2015, and were married Feb. 2, 2015, in Evans.

Brad Carmichael Jeffares and Karla Morales Ponce applied for a marriage license on Jan. 30, 2015, and were married Feb. 6, 2015, in Evans.

Justin Michael Garner and Stephany Nicole Summers applied for a marriage license on Feb. 4, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Shaun Wayne Cosnahan and Melanie Ann Jackson Stripling applied for a marriage license on Feb. 5, 2015, and were married Feb. 8, 2015, in Hephzibah.

Glen Pace and Margaret Marie Ingram applied for a marriage license on Feb. 6, 2015, and were married Feb. 6, 2015, in Evans.

Kenneth Charles Frame Jr. and Candice Marie Ayers applied for a marriage license on Feb. 9, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Max Goodwin Jr. and Natalie Kate Shorey applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Waltrell Devante Price and Allison Susanne Roberts applied for a marriage license on Feb. 10, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Mario Brian Childers and Lajuanda Michelle Benjamin applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Robert Noland Pearson Jr. and Katherine Lynn Sparks applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Brett Howard Salter and Melissa Kaye Barnes applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Timothy William Zucarelli and Rebecca Anne Davenport applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Bradley Dilworth Jr. and Lauren Chanel Russell applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Andrew Boyd Barton and Chastity Linh Bromagen applied for a marriage license on Feb. 9, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Justin Thomas Ertle and Valerie Ann Capuy applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Grovetown.

James Cornell Johnson and Clarice Huntley Richardson applied for a marriage license on Feb. 6, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Evans.

Tanner Perry Thompson and Katie Lorraine Williams applied for a marriage license on Jan. 22, 2015, and were married Feb. 7, 2015, in Evans.

Christopher Lawrence Hanson and Traci Danielle Baucom applied for a marriage license on Feb. 6, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Appling.

Aaron Hardy and Thelma Broom Aldridge applied for a marriage license on Feb. 11, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Martinez.

Timothy McFarlin and Christina Egbuka applied for a marriage license Feb. 3, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Augusta.

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Marriage Licenses, Feb. 22, 2015

Ricardo Rodriguez Wright and Nicole Shere Sheats applied for a marriage license on Jan. 29, 2015, and were married Feb. 2, 2015, in Evans.

Brad Carmichael Jeffares and Karla Morales Ponce applied for a marriage license on Jan. 30, 2015, and were married Feb. 6, 2015, in Evans.

Justin Michael Garner and Stephany Nicole Summers applied for a marriage license on Feb. 4, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Shaun Wayne Cosnahan and Melanie Ann Jackson Stripling applied for a marriage license on Feb. 5, 2015, and were married Feb. 8, 2015, in Hephzibah.

Glen Pace and Margaret Marie Ingram applied for a marriage license on Feb. 6, 2015, and were married Feb. 6, 2015, in Evans.

Kenneth Charles Frame Jr. and Candice Marie Ayers applied for a marriage license on Feb. 9, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Max Goodwin Jr. and Natalie Kate Shorey applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Waltrell Devante Price and Allison Susanne Roberts applied for a marriage license on Feb. 10, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Mario Brian Childers and Lajuanda Michelle Benjamin applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Robert Noland Pearson Jr. and Katherine Lynn Sparks applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Brett Howard Salter and Melissa Kaye Barnes applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Timothy William Zucarelli and Rebecca Anne Davenport applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Bradley Dilworth Jr. and Lauren Chanel Russell applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Andrew Boyd Barton and Chastity Linh Bromagen applied for a marriage license on Feb. 9, 2015, and were married Feb. 12, 2015, in Evans.

Justin Thomas Ertle and Valerie Ann Capuy applied for a marriage license on Feb. 12, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Grovetown.

James Cornell Johnson and Clarice Huntley Richardson applied for a marriage license on Feb. 6, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Evans.

Tanner Perry Thompson and Katie Lorraine Williams applied for a marriage license on Jan. 22, 2015, and were married Feb. 7, 2015, in Evans.

Christopher Lawrence Hanson and Traci Danielle Baucom applied for a marriage license on Feb. 6, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Appling.

Aaron Hardy and Thelma Broom Aldridge applied for a marriage license on Feb. 11, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Martinez.

Timothy McFarlin and Christina Egbuka applied for a marriage license Feb. 3, 2015, and were married Feb. 14, 2015, in Augusta.

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Divorces, Feb. 22, 2015

Tabitha Elayne Niver and Chad Addison Barrs, Feb. 5, 2015.

John T. Kalafatis and Angel R. Kalafatis, Feb. 9, 2015.

Raymond B. Westcott III and Kelly R. Westcott, Dec. 15, 2014.

Judy S. Love and William Gary Love, Feb. 12, 2015.

Brandy Bailey-Ayala and Luis C. Ayala, Feb. 11, 2015.

Mariros Robedillo and Erwin Robedillo, Feb. 13, 2015.

Luis Guitierrez Uroza and Wendy Vargas, Nov. 14, 2014.

Christine Diane Brown and Culhaine Hugh Brown, Feb. 10, 2015.

Ivan Trinidad and Lydia Rodriguez Trinidad, Feb. 2, 2015.

James T. Dabin and Heather A. Von Zynda-Dabin, Feb. 13, 2015.

Chris Hamilton and Stephanie A. Hamilton, Feb. 13, 2015.

Kristina R. Newman and James M. Newman, Feb. 4, 2015.

Krista Oglesby McWhorter and Manuel Christopher McWhorter, Feb. 16, 2015.

Kristina D. Camesi and Lory J. Camesi, Feb. 4, 2015.

Richard W. Rudolph and Corinna Rudolph, Feb. 9, 2015.

Emery Frentzel and Drea Frentzel, Feb. 9, 2015.

Peter March Greb and Ann Bryant Greb, Feb. 9, 2015.

Tolanda V. Martin and Cornelius J. Martin, Feb. 16, 2015.

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Tabitha Elayne Niver and Chad Addison Barrs, Feb. 5, 2015.

John T. Kalafatis and Angel R. Kalafatis, Feb. 9, 2015.

Raymond B. Westcott III and Kelly R. Westcott, Dec. 15, 2014.

Judy S. Love and William Gary Love, Feb. 12, 2015.

Brandy Bailey-Ayala and Luis C. Ayala, Feb. 11, 2015.

Mariros Robedillo and Erwin Robedillo, Feb. 13, 2015.

Luis Guitierrez Uroza and Wendy Vargas, Nov. 14, 2014.

Christine Diane Brown and Culhaine Hugh Brown, Feb. 10, 2015.

Ivan Trinidad and Lydia Rodriguez Trinidad, Feb. 2, 2015.

James T. Dabin and Heather A. Von Zynda-Dabin, Feb. 13, 2015.

Chris Hamilton and Stephanie A. Hamilton, Feb. 13, 2015.

Kristina R. Newman and James M. Newman, Feb. 4, 2015.

Krista Oglesby McWhorter and Manuel Christopher McWhorter, Feb. 16, 2015.

Kristina D. Camesi and Lory J. Camesi, Feb. 4, 2015.

Richard W. Rudolph and Corinna Rudolph, Feb. 9, 2015.

Emery Frentzel and Drea Frentzel, Feb. 9, 2015.

Peter March Greb and Ann Bryant Greb, Feb. 9, 2015.

Tolanda V. Martin and Cornelius J. Martin, Feb. 16, 2015.

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2015 Masters field blog: Florida swinging into crunch time

ScottMichaux.com - Fri, 2/20/2015 9:56 PM
By Scott Michaux

The Florida swing is here. Masters qualifying gets real now.

 

With only five weeks left before the top-50 deadline and just six PGA Tour events to scare up a qualifying victory, the intensity ratchets up a notch for those on the outside looking in.

 

A couple of bygone Augusta veterans are among the crowd of hopefuls trying to make something happen this week at PGA National. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington needs a victory to get back into the fray at Augusta and Paul Casey needs to keep trending up the ranking to secure his own return. Through one round of the Honda Classic, Harrington is T3 and Casey is T20.

 

"Last week got me into fighting range," Casey said of his playoff loss at Riviera that moved him from 85th to 65th in the world rankings. "Another top finish this week could get me into (Doral) next week. It's easier to stay in the top 50 than get in the top 50. I know. I've been there."

 

There were trainwrecks all over the Riviera rails to Augusta until James Hahn booked passage.

 

Casey, the Englishman who once was an annual favorite at Augusta, and Hahn posted sub-par rounds on Sunday to earn a place in a playoff with the well-rested Dustin Johnson. Both of them had to win to secure Masters berths, as a tie for second would only move Casey up to the mid-60s on the world rankings while Hahn was ranked 297th in the world. Casey checked out of the playoff with an indifferent pitch on the dastardly 10th hole, leaving it up to Hahn to take on Johnson.

 

On the par-3 14th hole, Hahn purely holed a 25-foot putt and then watched as Johnson missed from 15 feet to hand him his maiden PGA Tour victory.

 

"This is amazing," Hahn said. "We have a little girl coming in three weeks. This is unbelievable. I never would have thought I would win this golf tournament. There were so many great players here. ... Just to be competing here with those guys is an honor."

 

Long-lost Retief Goosen held a 2-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round and was still vying for the win after 10 holes when his hopes went off the rails with a string of bogeys. Ranked 220th in the world after once being a fixture in the top five as well as major leaderboards, Goosen needed a victory to get back to Augusta for the first time since 2011. He was twice a runner-up in the Masters in 2002 and 2007.

 

Canadian Graham DeLaet started the day in second and never got going as much of the field passed him going the wrong way. He needed at least a two-way tie for third to potentially sneak into the top 50 and take a step toward the WGC at Doral with a further eye on Augusta in April. Top-50 chasers Harris English (T30) and Justin Thomas (T41) also went south from top-20 perches Sunday and lost themselves valuable world ranking points. English could have snuck into the top 50 with a top-10 finish.

 

The hottest golfer in the world isn't Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth or Bubba Watson, it's Anirban Lahiri.

 

The 27-year-old from India just earned his European Tour card in the fall at Q school, and now he's charging ahead as an unstoppable force in Asia. He added a massive rally for a playoff victory in the Hero Indian Open this week to the similarly scripted comeback triumph in Malaysia two weeks ago. The pair of victories move him to No. 34 and all but guarantee he'll remain in the top 50 when the pre-Masters deadline rolls around on March 30, fulfilling his goal to qualify to play Augusta National.

 

“It’s hard to come to terms with,” Lahiri said. “Just six months back I was in Spain at Qualifying School and really relieved having stared at not having my card with five holes to go, so it feels like I’ve skipped a couple of steps to get to where I am right now. It’s obviously a fantastic feeling and hopefully I can keep playing well through the year.”

 

Lahiri looked to be a non-factor this week with an opening-round 73 that left him well off the pace set by countryman SSP Chawrasia. A second-round 65 thrust him back into the top 10, but he still looked to be only chasing a few world ranking points seven shots behind Chawrasia heading into the final round. But a 69 coupled with Chawrasia's backpedaling 76 sent them to a playoff, which Lahiri won with a birdie on the first extra hole.

 

“At the start of the week, I knew that if I put in a good performance it would pretty much secure my place in The Masters,” Lahiri said. “I didn’t think I would win after the last three days of golf. It is fantastic. Now the whole world is opened to me. I’m really excited. This is what dreams are made of.”

 

It was reminiscent of two weeks before in Malaysia, when Lahiri came from five strokes down in the final round to beat Austria's Bernd Wiesberger for his maiden European Tour victory. A birdie by Lahiri and a bogey by Wiesberger on the 17th hole flipped the match. However, both Wiesberger and Lahiri climbed into the top 40 to help their respective Masters causes.

 

PREVIOUS DEVELOPMENTS

 

Two years ago after winning at Pebble Beach, Brandt Snedeker was No. 4 in the world and a couple of months from carrying the 54-hole lead into the final round of the Masters Tournament. This week with another win at Pebble Beach, the Vanderbilt grad is just happy to be in the Masters.

 

Injuries from a Segway mishap at the end of 2013 that infected his form saw Snedeker fall out of the top 50 at the end of 2014 -- the first time since 2011. That left him in the early-season qualifying scramble to get back to Augusta where he's twice played in the final pairing on Sunday. He fixed everything with a runaway Sunday victory in perfect conditions on the Monterery Peninsula last week.

 

His seventh career PGA Tour win will vault Snedeker back to about No. 31 in the world where he belongs. But it's that guaranteed Masters berth that means the most to a player who dearly covets a green jacket and knows he has the game and putter to make it happen at Augusta National.

 

“Over the last year I've not played up to my capabilities and I was not happy with my golf game,” Snedeker said. “I also wasn't happy with a lot of stuff on the golf side. It's tough, it takes a toll on you. You wonder if you're going to be able to get back to where you were or if you made the right decisions and that kind of stuff. So to go out there and validate it the way I did … it's a big win for a lot of different reasons."

 

It was not as pleasant an experience Sunday for Australian Matt Jones, who started the day tied with Sneds for second and needed a win to clinch a Masters spot. He struggled in the final pairing with leader Jim Furyk and ended up seventh -- which only moved him from 81st to about 76th in the world rankings.  Even a solo second would have only moved Jones as high as 63rd in the rankings. 

 

It was the first time in six tournaments already staged in 2015 that somebody won who hadn't already received their invitations from Augusta National Golf Club in the mail after Christmas. It raises the qualified field size to 92 with seven week still left before the season's first major.

 

The inside of the top-50 bubble has gotten less crowded, with only South Africa's Branden Grace clinging to No. 48 after Scotland's Marc Warren (52) and France's Alexander Levy (54) fell out. Levy's MDF at Pebble Beach did him no favors. None of them can afford to be too comfortable for the next two months as the volatile math bounces toward the March 30 deadline when the musical chairs stop and anyone with a top 50 seat gets an Augusta invitation.

 

Harris English failed to capitalize on his weekend lead role at Torrey Pines, making a mess of the first playoff hole to lose the automatic invitation that would have come with winning. Stallings also missed a chance in the playoff to miss out booking Augusta reservations as well.

 

Harris ranked as high as 36th in the world last spring before then things went a little sideways for the most promising of the young Georgia Bulldogs. English missed 10 cuts in his last 19 starts of 2014. He had only one finish better than 30th before his season ended one tournament shy of reaching the Tour Championship and a guaranteed return to the Masters. He spent most of the season rank among the top 10 in the FedEx Cup rankings and was still 17th on the eve of the playoffs. But he slipped to 32nd after missing the first two playoff cuts, failing to hang onto the top-30 and the perks that come with it.

 

The three-way tie for second boosted English to 55th in the OWGR and once again sitting on the outside of the bubble. He sat out Pebble Beach and drop[ed to 57th.

 

With six weeks still left after this one until the season’s first major championship, there are now 92 players officially qualified for the tournament, to be played April 9-12 at Augusta National Golf Club. With so many players threatening to push the Masters field to the stress point of 100, it's less likely that tournament officials will be doling out any special invitations to foreign-born players. That's not good news for several idle Asian players featuring in the top 75 such as Japan's Koumei Oda and Hiroshi Iwata.

 

WELCOME TO THE 2015 MASTERS

 

James Hahn

AGE: 33

RANKING:  Ranked 86th after sitting 297th before winning Riviera.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Hahn was ranked outside the top 350 to start the year before steadily moving up with five consecutive made cuts before arriving at Hogan's Alley. Worked as an ad agency account executive, sold stocks, got real estate license, drove a bus and lastly sold women's shoes at Nordstrom's in California before deciding to give professional golf another try in 2006. Best finish on tour had been a tie for third. While most of the attention was paid to big-name players Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Speith and Retief Goosen on Sunday, Hahn fired a steady 69 to find himself in a playoff with Johnson and Paul Casey. On the second playoff hole, he drained a 12-footer to extend the playoff with Johnson. On the next, he drained a 25-footer and started getting emotional before Johnson missed his 15-footer to hand Hahn his maiden victory and a berth in the Masters.  

HE SAID IT: “I will clear my schedule for that one.”

 

Brandt Snedeker

AGE: 34

RANKING:  31st after starting 2015 ranked 58th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Snedeker fell out of the top 50 on Dec. 7, 2014, for the first time since winning at Hilton Head in 2011, losing his grip on the year-end top-50 ticket back to Augusta. He's missed the cut only once in seven previous Masters starts, with four top-20 finishes including T3 in 2008 and T6 in 2013. Falling as far as 66th in the world at the end of January, Snedeker relied on his old form to climb closer to the magic victory at Pebble Beach to earn an automatic invite. He posted four 10th-place ties since at Vegas, Shanghai, Shark Shootout and Phoenix and a T19 at Torrey Pines before finally breaking back into the winner's circle for the sixth time on the PGA Tour . 

HE SAID IT: “I mean I kept using the term I want to be relevant again in golf. I think I'm relevant again. So it's nice to be back in those (majors).”

 

PROJECTED TO QUALIFY

The math is complicated, but looking at the points scheduled to taper off, I'm not sure it's possible for either Wiesberger or Lahiri to fall out of the top 50 even if they fail to gain another point in the next eight weeks. A series of unfortunate circumstances for each could possibly happen, but for now I'm comfortable in projecting both of them into the Masters field.

 

Anirban Lahiri, India

AGE: 27

RANKING: Ranked 34th after starting 2015 ranked 64th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Lahiri only earned his European Tour card three months ago and has already made a name for himself with a charging victory over Bernd Wiesberger in the Malaysian Open backed up two weeks later by a seven-stroke comeback to win the Indian Open in a playoff. He had at least one victory each of the previous four years on the Asian Tour to position himself for a top-50 assault. Won 11 times in his native India and was twice crowned national champion in 2006-07. He should become the third golfer from India to compete in the Masters, following Jeev Milkha Singh (2007-09) and Arjun Atwal (2011). 

HE SAID IT: “The Masters is definitely one of my targets. I don't know how far I'll move up (in OWGR), but I'm pretty confident now with this win I should have a pretty good chance."

 

Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

AGE: 29

RANKING: Currently 39th after starting 2015 ranked 72nd.

HOW HE GOT THERE: The young Austria collected both of his career European Tour wins in 2012, but he has remained one of the most consistent players hovering in the top-85 ever since. The world got a glimpse of his potential in the 2014 PGA Championship, when he was paired in the final group with eventual winner Rory McIlroy on Sunday. He hit his stride starting 2015 with four consecutive top-6 finishes to soar up the rankings from 73rd to 67th to 59th to 48th to 36th in consecutive weeks. Should become the first Austrian golfer to compete in the Masters. 

HE SAID IT: "I feel comfortable. I haven't really expected it, especially because I played quite poorly last year. It gives me great confidence if I keep on doing what I'm doing. I've worked on the right things the last couple of weeks, and it shows."

 

Branden Grace, South Africa

AGE: 26

RANKING: Currently 40th after starting 2015 ranked 82nd.

HOW HE GOT THERE: As low as 139th in November, Grace's wins in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Qatar Masters and the Sunshine Tour's pro-am at Fancourt in consecutive months restored him to the top 50 where he resided 2013 and early 2014. This will mark his third consecutive Masters, where he finished T18 in his 2013 debut.. 

HE SAID IT: "I really started playing some nice golf and it carried on this week.”

 

Here's an updated look at the top guys on the bubble. The top 50 players in the OWGR published March 30 after the Valero Texas Open/Trophee Hassan (Morocco) will gain Masters berths, as well as any PGA Tour winners in non-opposite events through the Shell Houston Open the week prior to the Masters. Many of these bubble players will be in action this week in either the PGA Tour's Pebble Beach Pro-Am or the European Tour's Thailand Classic.

 

34. Anirban Lahiri (India) -  Victories in Malaysia and India plus T21 in Thailand have him sitting pretty

39. Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) - T6, 3rd, T4 and 2nd in four starts this year; MC at Riviera

40. Branden Grace (South Africa) - 2015 w ins include SA Dunhill, Qatar plus Sunshine Tour Pro-Am this week 

--------------------- TOP 50 DEADLINE, MARCH 30 ------------------------

53. Marc Warren (Scotland) - T25 in Thailand gains his a few precious spots; idle this week

54. Alexander Levy (France) - MC in Qatar; T29 in Dubai; MDF at Pebble; idle this week

55. Harris English - P2 at Torrey Pines; T30 at Riviera; T62 thru 20 at Honda

60. Tommy Fleetwood (England) - Went from T3 after one round to a T73 finish in Malaysia; idle this week

61. Graham DeLaet (Canada) - T7 Phoenix; T9 Riviera; T123 thru 24 at Honda

62. Francesco Molinari (Italy) - T22 in Phoenix; MC at Riviera; T81 thru 18 at Honda

64. Marcel Siem (Germany) - missed cut in Qatar Masters and Dubai; T18 at Pebble; idle this week 

65. Paul Casey England) - MC at Torrey Pines; P2 at Riviera; T20 thru 18 at Honda

68. Koumei Oda (Japan) - Back in action after offseason, T69 in Thailand; idle this week

69. Ross Fisher (England) - T30 in Qatar Masters; T20 in Dubai; idle this week

73. Andy Sullivan (England) - Win in South Africa and T4 in Dubai; Faded to T47 in Malaysia; T21 thru 36 at Joburg

74. Matt Jones (Australia) - T7 at Pebble; T14 at Riviera

76. Nick Watney - Made big move at Pebble; T22 at Riviera; T81 thru 18 at Honda

77. Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) - Missed cut in Hawaii; idle this week

78. Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) - T20 in Dubai; Faded to T20 in Malaysia; idle this week

81. George Coetzee (South Africa) - 12th in Qatar Masters, missed cut in Dubai; T11 thru 36 at Joburg

83. Justin Thomas - T6, T7, T17 to start 2015; T37 thru 18 at Honda

85. Matt Every - DQ, MC, T69, T49 in 2015; T20 thru 18 at Honda

 

 

Others of note: native Augustan Charles Howell III (120), Ryo Ishikawa (126), K.J. Choi (135), Matteo Manassero (184), Augusta State’s Oliver Wilson (191), 2009 British Open champ Stewart Cink (212), North Augusta’s Scott Brown (217), two-time U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen (220), Aiken’s Kevin Kisner (271), Augusta State’s Scott Jamieson (278) and three-time major champ Padraig Harrington (295).

 

Here’s how the 93 players already qualified for the 2015 Masters got into the field (# signifies first-timers) :

 

CATEGORY 1 (19 players)

Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)

 

Angel Cabrera (1, 16) - Argentina

Fred Couples (1)

Ben Crenshaw (1)

Trevor Immelman (1) - South Africa

Zach Johnson (1, 17, 18)

Bernhard Langer (1) - Germany

Sandy Lyle (1) - Scotland

Phil Mickelson (1, 3, 15, 18)

Larry Mize (1)

Mark O’Meara (1)

Jose Maria Olazabal (1) - Spain

Charl Schwartzel (1, 18) - South Africa

Adam Scott (1, 16, 17, 18) - Australia

Vijay Singh (1) - Fiji

Bubba Watson (1, 16, 17, 18)

Tom Watson (1)

Mike Weir (1) - Canada

Tiger Woods (1, 5, 18)

Ian Woosnam (1) - Wales

 

CATEGORY 2 (5 players)

U.S. Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

 

Graeme McDowell (2, 18) - Northern Ireland

Rory McIlroy (2, 3, 4, 12, 16, 17, 18) - Northern Ireland

Webb Simpson (2, 17, 18)

Justin Rose (2, 16, 17, 18) - England

Martin Kaymer (2, 4, 5, 17, 18) - Germany

 

CATEGORY 3 (3 players)

British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

 

Louis Oosthuizen (3, 18) - South Africa

Darren Clarke (3) - Northern Ireland

Ernie Els (3) - South Africa

 

CATEGORY 4 (2 players)

PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

 

Keegan Bradley (4, 13, 18)

Jason Dufner (4, 18)

 

CATEGORY 5 (1 players)

The Players Championship Winners (3 years)

 

Matt Kuchar (5, 12, 16, 17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 6 A&B (2 players)

Current U.S. Amateur champion (A, Honorary, non-competing after 1 year) and runner-up (B)

 

#Gunn Yang (6A) - South Korea

#Corey Conners (6B)

 

CATEGORY 7 (1 player)

Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)

 

#Bradley Neil (7) - Scotland

 

CATEGORY 8 (1 player)

Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion

 

#Antonio Murdaca (8) - Australia

 

CATEGORY 9 (1 players)

Current Latin America Amateur Champion

 

#Matias Dominguez (9) - Chile

 

CATEGORY 10 (1 player)

Final U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion

 

#Byron Meth (10)

 

CATEGORY 11 (1 player)

Current U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion

 

#Scott Harvey (11)

 

CATEGORY 12 (9 players)

First 12 players (including ties) in previous year’s Masters

 

Jonas Blixt (12) - Sweden

Jordan Spieth (12, 17, 18)

Miguel-Angel Jimenez (12, 18) - Spain

Rickie Fowler (12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18)

Lee Westwood (12, 18) - England

Thomas Bjorn (12, 18) - Denmark

John Senden (12, 17, 18) - Australia

Kevin Stadler (12)

Jimmy Walker (12, 16, 17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 13 (5 players)

First 4 players (including ties) in previous year’s U.S. Open

 

#Erik Compton (13)

Jason Day (13, 16, 17, 18) - Australia

#Brooks Koepka (13, 16, 18)

Dustin Johnson (13, 17, 18)

Henrik Stenson (13, 15, 18) - Sweden

 

CATEGORY 14 (2 players)

First 4 players (including ties) in previous year’s British Open

 

Sergio Garcia (14, 17, 18) - Spain

Jim Furyk (14, 17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 15 (0 players)

First 4 players (including ties) in previous year’s PGA Championship

 

CATEGORY 16 (22 players)

Winners of non-opposite PGA Tour events from previous Masters to current Masters

 

Sang-Moon Bae (16) - South Korea

Tim Clark (16) - South Africa

Ben Crane (16)

Bill Haas (16, 18)

#James Hahn (16) - South Korea

#Brian Harman (16)

Charley Hoffman (16)

J.B. Holmes (16)

Billy Horschel (16, 17, 18)

Chris Kirk (16, 17, 18)

Hunter Mahan (16, 17, 18)

#Ben Martin (16)

Hideki Matsuyama (16, 17, 18) - Japan

Ryan Moore (16, 18)

#Seung-Yul Noh (16) - South Korea

Geoff Ogilvy (16) - Australia

Patrick Reed (16, 17, 18)

Brandt Snedeker (16)

#Robert Streb (16)

Kevin Streelman (16)

#Brendan Todd (16, 17)

Camilo Villegas (16) - Colombia

 

CATEGORY 17 (6 players)

Qualifiers for previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship

 

Russell Henley (17)

#Morgan Hoffmann (17)

Kevin Na (17, 18)

Ryan Palmer (17, 18)

#Cameron Tringale (17)

Gary Woodland (17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 18 (12 players)

Top 50 on final Official World Golf Ranking for previous calendar year

 

Luke Donald (18) - England

Jamie Donaldson (18) - Wales

Victor Dubuisson (18) - France

Stephen Gallacher (18) - Scotland

Mikko Ilonen (18) - Finland

Thongchai Jaidee (18) - Thailand

Marc Leishman (18) - Australia

#Shane Lowry (18) - Ireland

Joost Luiten (18) - Netherlands

Ian Poulter (18) - England

Steve Stricker (18)

#Danny Willet (18) - England

 

CATEGORY 19

Top 50 on Official World Golf Ranking published week prior to current Masters

 

TBD March 30

Early projected in this category (3)

Branden Grace (19) - South Africa

#Anirban Lahiri (19) - India

#Bernd Wiesberger (19) - Austria

 

Living past Masters champions not expected to play

 

Tommy Aaron

Jack Burke Jr.

Charles Coody

Nick Faldo - England

Raymond Floyd

Doug Ford

Bob Goalby

Jack Nicklaus

Arnold Palmer

Gary Player - South Africa

Craig Stadler

Fuzzy Zoeller

 

RIP, Billy Casper (June 24, 1931 – February 7, 2015)

 

Here's a closer look at the most recent first-time additions to the field since the start of 2015.

 

Matias Dominguez, Chile

AGE: 22

RANKING:  No. 421 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking prior to LAAC.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Dominguez holed a short bogey putt on the 72nd hole to hold off Alejandro Tosti of Argentina by one stroke and win the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship on Jan. 18 with an 11-under-par total of 277 at Pilar Golf course near Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“It was going well until probably the 13th hole,” said Dominguez, a senior at Texas Tech. “The crowd made it really hard for me to focus. It’s almost impossible to keep calm in that position, but I tried to do my best. On that short putt (on 18), I couldn’t even feel anything.”

Dominguez led by three strokes after nine holes, but the lead was whittled to one when Tosti birdied the 303-yard, par-4 15th after driving the green and Dominguez bogeyed the next hole, the par-4 16th. Tosti, however, three-putted 17 from 20 feet to give Dominguez a two-shot lead going to the 18th. The Chilean played the water-strewn 18th conservatively, tapping in for bogey from 2 feet after Tosti saved par from 5 feet.

Dominguez already played Augusta National last January on a collegiate team trip arranged by a Texas Tech alumnus. He will be the second player from Chile to play in the Masters, joining Enrique Orellana, who missed the cut in 1964. 

HE SAID IT: “It’s a shock right now. Everything is just going crazy and my family, everybody was just crying. So many emotions. As a young golfer my dream was to play the Masters. That was my last goal as a golfer. Hopefully I can share this moment with my friends and family.”

 

Shane Lowry, Ireland

AGE: 27

RANKING: 44th at the end of 2014 after starting the season 76th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: After missing six cuts in his first eight tournaments to fall to 142nd in the world in May, Lowry turned things around with a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy in the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. That moved him back to 74th in the world. Six more top-10 finishes including another runner-up in the Wales Open and a fifth at the Dubai World Championship got him inside the top 50.

HE SAID IT: “I’m thrilled and I can’t wait till next April. ... I’ll go there feeling I can compete in those type of fields. People have this myth that you need to play Augusta a few times to do well in the Masters but I’ll try and put that right next year. I watched Tiger win there a few times on TV. ... Hopefully, I can create my own story at Augusta!”

 

Danny Willett, England

AGE: 27

RANKING: 50th at the end of 2014 after starting the season 116th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Vaulted into the top-50 chase at the start of December by overtaking Luke Donald en route to a four-stroke victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. His first victory since the 2012 BMW International Open jumped him from 83rd to 56th in the rankings. A tie for fourth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship the next week pushed him to 51st and he snuck into the 50th spot on the last week when Tommy Fleetwood slipped out after missing the cut in the year-ending Dubai Open.

HE TWEETED IT: “Didn’t want to post anything until it was official!! Week 52.. OWGR #50 boom!!

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Man who sought time with kids in police custody

 

Grovetown police have in custody a man who allegedly told a mother Tuesday he would pay $200 to spend alone time with her children.

Chad Eric Stefani, of Broad Oak Road in Grovetown, was wanted on three felony arrest warrants for criminal intent child molestation, according to a statement from Grovetown Chief Gary Jones.

The Grovetown Public Safety Facebook page announced just before 11 p.m. that Stefani had turned himself in, saying “The (Stefani) suspect has surrendered and is in custody at our facility.”

Stefani allegedly approached the mother and her four children in the city and offered her $200 an hour to spend time with her daughters.

He told her that he was considering having children, according to a news release on the Facebook page.

Stefani has been accused before and turned himself in before.

According to Columbia County News-Times archives, two years ago he surrendered to police and was arrested after allegations made in several counties.

Stefani was charged with public indecency in Richmond County, the newspaper reported, released on bond, then surrendered to Columbia County authorities on a similar charge.

Stefani was accused of exposing himself to a female motorist on Wheeler Road on June 20, 2013. The day before, a Columbia County woman said, he exposed himself to her from his vehicle on Bluff Road.

Another woman told police she recognized Stefani’s photo in the media, stating he was the man who exposed himself to her on June 12, 2013 outside the Family Y on Belair Road in Evans.

The 23-year-old said she was eating lunch in her vehicle when a truck pulled up next to her. The driver, who she believes is Stefani, said, “Can I ask you a question?” He lifted himself up in his seat and exposed himself. The woman said she drove away, but didn’t get a tag number from the truck.

After hearing about similar incidents and recognizing Stefani’s photo, she called authorities.

A teen also called deputies after recognizing Stefani’s picture. The 18-year-old said she was driving on Columbia Road near Samarya Lane in Martinez on June 3, 2013 when a truck pulled up next to her vehicle. A passenger had a ferret and lifted it to show the truck driver, believed to be Stefani. The teen said Stefani lifted himself, pulled down his pants and exposed his penis to them.

Stefani is also accused of a similar incident in Edgefield County on April 4, 2013, the News-Times reported.

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Man who sought time with kids in police custody

 

Grovetown police have in custody a man who allegedly told a mother Tuesday he would pay $200 to spend alone time with her children.

Chad Eric Stefani, of Broad Oak Road in Grovetown, was wanted on three felony arrest warrants for criminal intent child molestation, according to a statement from Grovetown Chief Gary Jones.

The Grovetown Public Safety Facebook page announced just before 11 p.m. that Stefani had turned himself in, saying “The (Stefani) suspect has surrendered and is in custody at our facility.”

Stefani allegedly approached the mother and her four children in the city and offered her $200 an hour to spend time with her daughters.

He told her that he was considering having children, according to a news release on the Facebook page.

Stefani has been accused before and turned himself in before.

According to Columbia County News-Times archives, two years ago he surrendered to police and was arrested after allegations made in several counties.

Stefani was charged with public indecency in Richmond County, the newspaper reported, released on bond, then surrendered to Columbia County authorities on a similar charge.

Stefani was accused of exposing himself to a female motorist on Wheeler Road on June 20, 2013. The day before, a Columbia County woman said, he exposed himself to her from his vehicle on Bluff Road.

Another woman told police she recognized Stefani’s photo in the media, stating he was the man who exposed himself to her on June 12, 2013 outside the Family Y on Belair Road in Evans.

The 23-year-old said she was eating lunch in her vehicle when a truck pulled up next to her. The driver, who she believes is Stefani, said, “Can I ask you a question?” He lifted himself up in his seat and exposed himself. The woman said she drove away, but didn’t get a tag number from the truck.

After hearing about similar incidents and recognizing Stefani’s photo, she called authorities.

A teen also called deputies after recognizing Stefani’s picture. The 18-year-old said she was driving on Columbia Road near Samarya Lane in Martinez on June 3, 2013 when a truck pulled up next to her vehicle. A passenger had a ferret and lifted it to show the truck driver, believed to be Stefani. The teen said Stefani lifted himself, pulled down his pants and exposed his penis to them.

Stefani is also accused of a similar incident in Edgefield County on April 4, 2013, the News-Times reported.

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