April 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- It was quite a weekend for a pair of former UAB golfers at the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, Ga. The tournament is part of the Web.com Tour which is just one step away from the PGA Tour.
Will Wilcox and Zack Sucher, who both played collegiately for the Blazers, finished first and second, respectively, at the four-day event at the Kinderlou Golf Club.
The son of UAB women's golf coach Kim Wilcox, Will claimed the title and the $117,000 first place prize with a 15-under par score of 273, four shots better than Sucher and two other golfers (D.J. Brigman and Michael Putnam).
Wilcox set a course record when he fired a 63 in Saturday's third round.
Wilcox played one season at UAB (2005) before departing for personal reasons and transferring to Clayton State, where he was a three-time Division II All-American. He began his professional career in 2009 and competed on the Hooters and Canadian tours before working his way up to the Nationwide Tour.
With the victory in Valdosta, Wilcox vaulted from No. 55 to No. 3 on the Web.com Tour money list that puts him on track to finish among the top 25 leading money winners this year that would earn him a spot on the 2014 PGA Tour.
Sucher's climb to Sunday's runner-up finish was much more difficult for the Mobile native.
Sucher earned All-America honors at UAB as a junior in 2008 when he won the NCAA East Regional and was the Conference USA Golfer of the Year. In the regional that year at Chattanooga, he had a 62 in the second round of the tournament.
But after finishing his career with the Blazers in 2009, he has played well but had not had a breakthrough finish. Until Sunday.
The runner-up effort this past weekend may be just the boost Sucher needs. He had to earn his way into the South Georgia Classic last Monday in a one-day qualifying event at Valdosta. He was one of only 14 golfers to qualify for the Web.com event, emerging from a field of 150 competitors.
Once there, he made the most of the opportunity, posting rounds of 72-70-70 and 65 on his way to a 277.
The next event on the Web.Com Tour is the Stadion Classic coming up this weekend in Athens, Ga.