For the second straight year Macon Native Russell Henley entered the third and final round of the Brickyard Collegiate with the lead, thanks to a second round 66 from the reigning SEC golfer of the year.
Henley won in 2009 when the third round was cancelled due to rain. In 2010, under flawless conditions, Henley did the job himself by firing a four-under 68.
"I wanted it pretty bad. I tried to tell myself to not think about it, but you know coming here, playing in front of all my friends is pretty special to me," Henley said. "You always want to play good for them and i feel like i did pretty well."
The Stratford grad and Georgia senior birdied the 1st and 7th holes to build his cushion, and gained a demanding lead with a chip in eagle on the par 5 12th.
Henley finished with six straight pars, and shot bogey-free rounds on Saturday and Sunday to finish -10, four strokes ahead of Augusta State's Carter Newman. FPD alum Taylor Floyd finished tied for 18th at 1-over for ASU.
The win is Henley's first in the 2010-2011 season.
"It's pretty good," Henley said. "This is probably my last tournament in Macon and it's nice to come out with a win to look back on."
Along with taking the individual crown, Henley led Georgia to the team title, edging Augusta St. by one stroke. The Bulldogs have won the tournament in three of its four years.
Mercer finished 13th out of 15 teams at +29.