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Macon gets a look at hometown stars

The first year of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship offered Macon golf fans a chance to get a look at one of their hometown favorites.

This year's event will offer two chances to do so.

Last year, a large group of fans turned out to watch former Stratford standout Russell Henley at The Brickyard at Riverside. Today through Monday, Henley returns with his Georgia team, and he will be joined by former FPD star Taylor Floyd, who plays for Augusta State, in the field.

“I'm really pretty excited to see a lot of my friends, but mostly my brother,” said Henley, whose brother, Adam, served as his caddie when he won the Georgia Amateur Championship this summer. “My brother doesn't get to see me play a whole lot. My family is going to be out here every day, and it's going to be good to see my brother out here and my mom and dad every day.”

Henley was named a second-team All-American as a freshman, and he has finished tied for 20th and tied for 24th in the Bulldogs' two tournaments this season.

Floyd will be playing in just his second tournament for the Jaguars, and he expects to have some fans following him this weekend, but he hopes not too many.

“I’m really looking forward to it; I'm really excited and nervous,” Floyd said. “I don't know about the crowds. Hopefully, they won't be that big. I'll get shaky.”

That may not be a good thing on a Brickyard layout that should prove a little tougher than last year.

“They're probably just going to try to make it as tough as they can,” Henley said. “They probably won't move the tees up any days, and they'll let the rough grow up all week.”

Still, Henley and Floyd should have a bit of a hometown advantage on a course they both know well.

“It will help knowing where to hit it and all,” Floyd said. “But they're going to have it set up to where it's playing at its best, and you're going to have to play well.”

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