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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Bulldog makes the Open (again), and another gets drafted

Russell Henley is headed back to the U.S. Open.

The Macon native, who finished tied for 16th in the Open last year, qualified again on Monday. It came in dramatic fashion, as The Telegraph's Jonathan Heeter reports.

Henley just finished his senior season at Georgia, where he helped the Bulldogs reach the championship match of the NCAA tournament. Henley hasn't officially turned pro yet, but he already has one win under his belt: The Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic, last month at the UGA golf course.

- Georgia had one current player picked on the first day of the MLB draft, and had a signee picked too.

Outfielder Zach Cone was selected with the 37th overall pick by Texas. That technically makes Cone a first-round pick, as the Rangers were picking in the so-called "sandwich" round, with a pick as compensation for losing Cliff Lee as a free agent.

“It was exciting to get the news on the plane, and it’s a great opportunity,” Cone said in a release by UGA. “I’m sure I’ll be talking with them in the next couple of days.”

Also in the compensation round, Bulldog signee Dante Bichette Jr. was picked by the New York Yankees, at 52st overall. The son of the former major league slugger, Bichette Jr. is a native of Orlando, Fla.

The draft continues Tuesday and Wednesday.

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