We are starting to see a trend on the Nationwide Tour that is most uncommon. Two weeks in a row, Cleveland Golf/Srixon Developmental Staffers, who previously did not have any status on the Nationwide Tour, Monday Qualified for a Nationwide Event and finished high enough to gain full status on the circuit! Two weeks ago it Russell Knox who finished T2 in a weather shortened tournament, moving him into 11th place on the money list, and full status on the tour. This past weekend it was Ted Potter Jr who Monday Qualified and went on to win the South Georgia Classic by three shots!
Potter, who has had much success on the Hooters Tour but had yet to break through on the Nationwide, was tied for the lead heading into Sunday before distancing himself from the pack on the front nine with 3 birdies. The field never caught back up with him as he cruised in to a 3 shot win. To put this into perspective, Potter is the first person to qualify on a Monday and win a Nationwide event since 2006.
“I was more nervous after I finished the round,” said Potter. “I was fine most of the day. I was just trying to draw back on my past experiences and focus on every shot. I don’t know how to describe it. I was nervous and happy.”
When we caught up with Ted here are some comments he had to make on his play this week:
What was your mentality on the back nine with a three shot lead? Does that change the way you play at all?
I didn’t know I had a 3 shot lead, I was just trying to make pars and birdies, I walked off 16 tee an accidentally saw a leaderboard and that I had a 2 shot lead, I birdied 16 and then parred 17 and 18 with 2 great up and downs.
After all your success on the Hooters Tour, how does it feel to get this W on the Nationwide?
Pretty Awesome! Means I have a set schedule for the rest of the year and knowing I have somewhere to play for the next few years. I’m 4th on the Money List and a great chance of finishing in the Top 25 and avoiding Q-school.
How do you decide when it is a good tournament to try to Monday qualify for?
It was close to home and I had played there before on both the Nationwide and Hooters Tours in past years.
What is comic up for you for the rest of the season?
All about the Nationwide Tour and finishing inside that Top 25.
This feat is truly a rarity, and is a true testament to the level of play on the Developmental Tours such as the Hooters. Golf Writer, Jason Sobel even went as far as to tweet: “I have said it before and I’ll say it again: Ted Potter Jr. might be a world Top 50 player right now.”
Potter was playing with a Launcher DST Tour 9.5* Driver, Composite 15* 3W, Launcher 20.5* hybrid, CG1 Tour Irons and CG14 Wedges at 52*, 56*, and 60*.