Brannen is fifth in Georgia PGA
In St. Simons Island, Ga., Augusta Country Club’s Tommy Brannen finished in a tie for fifth place in the Georgia PGA Championship at Sea Island Golf Club’s Retreat Course.
Brannen closed with even-par 72 after opening rounds of 70-71. He finished at 3-under 213, five shots behind the winner, Craig Stevens, of Acworth’s Brookstone Golf & Country Club.
Gary Cressend tied for 31st place after closing with 73 for 226. Fellow Augusta Country Club pro Corey Ford shot 75 for 233 to finish 68th.
• In Savannah, Ga., two area players are in the top-10 after the first round of the Georgia Senior Championship at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course.
Hephzibah’s Robert Samuels and George Bullard, of Martinez, shot 2-over-par 74 and are tied for ninth place.
Mike Jackson, with 78, was the only other local player to break 80.
Kenny Larry had 80, former Augustan Frank Perry, now of Fayetteville, had 81, Doug Faulkner shot 82 and Mike Kelley had 85.
Macon’s Jimmy Jackson is the leader after 68. Jack Hall, of St. Simons Island, and defending champion Doug Hanzel, of Savannah, shot 69. The next closest golfers are at 72.
• In Southern Pines, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 6-under-par 66 to move up the leaderboard in the eGolf Tour’s Mid Pines Classic.
Krywulycz, who was tied for 32nd place after an opening 72, is now tied for 15th at Mid Pines Club.
Former Augusta State teammate Taylor Floyd (70-67) is also tied for 15th place.
Brad Arrington, the other area player in the field, shot 75-77–152 and missed the cut, which fell at 141.
There was no change at the top of the leaderboard. Jordan Walor and T.J. Howe have both shot 64-68. They lead David Sanchez by one shot.
GRU event has new start/finish
There will be a new start/finish line for the GRU Augusta Half Marathon and 10K, the Augusta Sports Council announced Wednesday.
The 2014 event, scheduled for Feb. 23, will begin and finish at Lake Olmstead Park, just outside Lake Olmstead Stadium.
For the past two years, the start/finish was at Enterprise Mill. The Augusta Sports Council said the event has outgrown the facility.
The Lake Olmstead loop was already part of the course’s route.
Falcons hope to have site soon
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says the team expects to have a site for its new stadium in the next two weeks.
Blank outlined the timeframe during a Wednesday forum that included business leaders in the community.
• Lawrence Tynes’ wife took to Twitter on Wednesday to publicly refute the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ claim that her husband is “responding well” to treatment for MRSA, a serious staph infection that sidelined the veteran kicker earlier this month.
The Buccaneers acknowledged last week that they treated their facility last week to prevent an MRSA outbreak after Tynes and Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks contracted the infection.
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday that both players “are responding well” to treatment.
Amanda Tynes posted this response on her Twitter account: “I hear my husband is responding “well” to treatment. LOL! He’s NOT responding at all yet.”