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Hodge the only local to make Classic cut

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Jonathan Hodge was sporting a smile at the end of his round Friday.

Few other local players could do the same.

The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout was the only player with Chattanooga ties to make the cut at the Children's Hospital Classic at Black Creek Mountain.

Hodge birdied the par-5 18th to close a second round 68 (-4) that pushed him to 5-under for the tournament, which was one shot clear of the 4-under cut-line.

"It's awesome. It's my second Nationwide event, and first as a pro," Hodge said. "Especially after such a frustrating summer I've had, to play for four days is a huge confidence boost heading into Q-School three weeks from now.

"I'll definitely take a lot of experience by getting to play for four days."

Fort Payne's Scott Weatherly was the only other local player to advance to the weekend.

Home course advantage did little to help former Baylor School stars Luke List and Harris English. Both missed the cut.

English shot a 2-over 74 in Thursday's opening round, and rallied with a 4-under 68 on Friday but was still two shots off the cut line.

List's finish was far more agonizing. The former Vanderbilt standout recorded nine birdies and two bogeys while playing the first 17 holes at 7-under par to move to 5-under for the tournament.

As he approached the tee at the par-4 ninth (his final hole), the projected cut stood at -5 on the scoreboard. After scrambling from the rough, he missed a long putt for par to drop a shot, then missed a three-footer for bogey.

The double-bogey finish left him at -3 overall for the tournament. Moments after signing his scorecard, the cut line dropped to -4, making the missed short putt the difference.

Honors Course pros Bruce Bowen and Henrik Simonsen both wrapped up their two-day run Friday. As did Chattanooga's Andrew Black, who was a Monday qualifier.

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