Originally created 05/17/03

Blackburn returns to Regions Cup play



Two-time defending Regions Cup player of the year Jay Blackburn makes his first start of the season in the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational, which begins today at Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville.

The Harlem resident skipped the season-opening City of Augusta Match Play Championship on May 2-4, which was won by Augusta's Chip Whitaker.

Whitaker is entered this week, as is North Augusta's Scott Brown, the runnerup in the match play opener. Former champions in the field are Doug Hathaway, Rusty Flanders and Ron Schroder.

Kevin Ratcliffe is not defending his Golf Capital title.

Blackburn has six career Regions Cup victories, but has never won this tournament, the oldest amateur event in the Augusta area.