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New Dad, Tennessee alum, David Skinns wins Savannah Lakes Village Classic

Self-imposed penalty on 16 costs Florida Southern’s Brian Richey chance at win

David Skinns (Lincoln, England) 2014 Savannah Lakes Village Classic Champion

McCormick, S.C. – May 5, 2014 – England’s David Skinns, a former team captain at the University of Tennessee, finally got the win he’s wanted most on the NGA Tour since he began playing the tour in 2007, securing his first ever Savannah Lakes Village Classic title with a huge come from behind win on Sunday, shooting rounds of 71-69-68-67 for a thirteen under par total 275, good enough for a one shot victory over Florida Southern alum Brian Richey, one of the hottest golfers on the NGA Tour right now. Skinns, who has been celebrating the birth of his first child only two and a half weeks earlier, wanted to keep the celebration going and what better place than in McCormick, S.C. where he first met his now wife and mother to his son. Skinns was first introduced to his wife by friends of his host family in McCormick back in 2009. The eight time NGA Tour Pro Series winner and 2008 NGA Tour Player of the Year now has even more reason for McCormick, S.C. to be near and dear to his heart.

Skinns started the final round six strokes behind third round leader Richey and knew he had to go low to have a chance to contend. And low he did shooting a final round five under par 67. Playing a group in front of Richey, Skinns wasn’t sure where he stood until glancing at the final leaderboard on the course and seeing Richey had fallen a shot behind him. Richey had a costly triple bogey on the par 4 fifth hole which brought him back to the pack. He would birdie 15 to put him into a tie at -13 with Skinns and then the unthinkable would happen. On 16, after Richey addressed his ball, the ball moved forcing him to call a penalty on himself and to fall a shot back of Skinns. Richey still had chances to catch Skinns on 17 and 18 but played the final two holes at par and having to settle for runner-up. Richey has been as hot as any golfer on tour taking a lead into the final round in several events already this season. It seems only a matter of when Richey will get his first Pro Series win and not if.

LSU alum Ken Looper, the 2012 NGA Tour co-Rookie of the Year, finished alone in third, just two shots off the lead, after a final round 66, the low round of the day. UT Chattanooga alum Jonathan Hodge, a member on the Web.com Tour in 2013, finished at 10 under par and in solo 4th. Austin Peay alum Grant Leaver finished alone in 5th while a threesome finished tied for 6th including Missouri alum Jace Long, Auburn alum Patton Kizzire, and Minnesota alum Clayton Rask. Skinns received $15,000 for the win while Richey received $7,500 for runner-up.

Side Note: 2013 Savannah Lakes Village Classic Champion and 2013 NGA Tour Rookie of the Year Blayne Barber was unable to defend his title in McCormick as he was competing in the Web.com Tour South Georgia Classic just a little bit down the road in Valdosta, Ga. where he won this week’s event for his first Web.com Tour title. Skinns, who is also a member of the 2014 Web.com Tour, was not able to get into the Valdosta Web.com Tour event due to his ranking which led to him competing in and ultimately winning the 2014 Savannah Lakes Village Classic. We would like to congratulate both players on an outstanding week.

The NGA Tour would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Monticello and the Savannah Lakes Village, and the town of McCormick, S.C. for once again opening their homes to the NGA Tour Players and Staff and conducting, once again, one of the premier events on the NGA Tour schedule year after year. The NGA Tour picks back up May 8th with the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Fort Gordon, Ga.

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For full 2014 Savannah Lakes Village Classic results please visit:

http://www.ngatour.com/finalresults/pro2014017/#.U2j-goFdU8w

 

Pos.

Player

Ctry

R O U N D S

Total

Score

Prize

1

2

3

4

1

David Skinns

 

71

69

68

67

275

-13

$ 15,000.00

2

Brian Richey

 

66

65

71

74

276

-12

$ 7,500.00

3

Ken Looper

 

69

70

72

66

277

-11

$ 5,000.00

4

Jonathan Hodge

 

70

65

75

68

278

-10

$ 4,200.00

5

Grant Leaver

 

72

68

67

72

279

-9

$ 3,800.00

6

Patton Kizzire

 

68

70

70

72

280

-8

$ 3,100.00

 

Jace Long

 

70

69

69

72

280

-8

$ 3,100.00

 

Clayton Rask

 

68

69

69

74

280

-8

$ 3,100.00

9

Zechariah Potter

 

74

65

74

68

281

-7

$ 2,450.00

 

Patrick Wilkes-Krier

 

71

70

71

69

281

-7

$ 2,450.00

 

Andy Winings

 

74

66

69

72

281

-7

$ 2,450.00

 

Tyson Alexander

 

67

69

69

76

281

-7

$ 2,450.00

13

Dominic Bozzelli

 

71

72

68

71

282

-6

$ 2,200.00

14

Sam Ryder

 

71

68

73

71

283

-5

$ 2,000.00

 

Trent Whitekiller

 

72

67

70

74

283

-5

$ 2,000.00

 

Michael Davan

 

71

71

68

73

283

-5

$ 2,000.00

17

Eric Axley

 

68

72

74

70

284

-4

$ 1,600.00

 

Matthew Atkins

 

74

69

69

72

284

-4

$ 1,600.00

 

Patrick Lundy

 

68

73

70

73

284

-4

$ 1,600.00

 

Vince Hatfield

 

72

68

71

73

284

-4

$ 1,600.00

 

Mike Van Sickle

 

71

71

67

75

284

-4

$ 1,600.00

22

J.C. Horne

 

67

68

80

70

285

-3

$ 1,300.00

23

Stephen Markovitz

 

71

69

75

71

286

-2

$ 1,201.00

 

Daniel Obremski

 

67

71

72

76

286

-2

$ 1,201.00

25

James White Jr

 

72

69

76

70

287

-1

$ 1,128.00

 

Justin Regier

 

70

72

74

71

287

-1

$ 1,128.00

 

Andrew Ruthkoski

 

70

72

69

76

287

-1

$ 1,128.00

28

Daniel Stanley

 

72

71

74

72

289

1

$ 1,080.00

29

Jay Vandeventer

 

71

70

72

77

290

2

$ 1,055.00

30

Scott Strohmeyer

 

68

71

74

78

291

3

$ 1,030.00

31

Jeff Corr

 

69

70

78

75

292

4

$ 1,006.00

32

Justin Smith

 

72

71

76

74

293

5

$ 800.00

33

Kevin Hall

 

71

68

77

78

294

6

$ 800.00

34

Derek Plucienski

 

72

71

77

75

295

7

$ 800.00

 

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