Former Green Hope golf star Brendon Todd wins event tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 6, 2013 

A confident Brendon Todd won the Stadion Classic at UGA golf championship last weekend when the final round of the tour event was washed out.

The University of Georgia Golf Club absorbed 2.5 inches of rain within a 24-hour period and fairways were under water when the tournament was stopped before the start of the final round.

The victory was Todd’s second professional win and pushed him to No. 4 on the tour’s money winners this season.

“I feel good about the way I’m playing this year,” said Todd, who won three N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A golf title while at Cary’s Green Hope High. “I’m hitting the ball better and giving myself a chance to get under par. I had good chances all week.”

Todd finished with an eight-under-par 205, one stroke ahead of Tim Wilkinson.

He shared the lead after the first day with a five-under-par 66. Todd three-putted No. 18, but had only 24 putts during the round. He supported that round with a 70 on Friday and with a 69 in a cold pouring rain on Saturday.

“I just hit the ball well,” he said.

Todd, 27, went through a period when he didn’t play that well. He was an all-American at the University of Georgia and helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA title in 2005, but said his game wasn’t ready for tour play. He struggled with different teaching pros to get better, but didn’t.

“There were some tough times,” he said. “But I never reached the point where I wanted to drop golf and doing something else. I was just trying to figure it out.

“The biggest thing was that my wife (Rachel) was with me every step of the way. We never treated each other depending on how I was playing golf.”

Todd started working with Bill McInerney about a year ago and added Scott Hamilton in November.

“Since then, it has been a pretty steady progressive of getting better,” he said.

He believes he has the support team that he needs.

“I don’t think anybody can come out and play on the tour now for 20 years or so and not have the right support team,” he said. “I think even the most individualistic player understands that. It has taken me a while to put the right team in place.”

Todd’s winning putt turned out to be an 18-foot birdie on the par-5, 17th on Saturday.

His goal is to return to the PGA tour. The more immediate goal, though, is to continue improving.

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