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December 31, 2013

Best of 2013

Ryals’ hiring and THS’ subsequent turnaround is top local sports story

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No. 9) Tour breakthrough

Midway through his second season on the PGA Tour, Thomasville native Harris English got the finish he had been waiting for.

Firing a final-round one-under 71, English finished 12-under at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on June 9 for his first Tour win.

“You dream about it,” English said following the breakthrough performance. “I’ve dreamed about it since I was 11 or 12 years old and to actually live it out and standing on (the 18th hole) with a two-shot lead in a PGA Tour event, it’s unbelievable. It surpasses anything I’ve ever dreamed about.”

The win also means English will realize another dream. Come April, he will get to tee off in the Masters in Augusta.

“It’s unbelievable to be playing in the Masters,” English said. “That’s the one tournament that growing up in Moultrie and Thomasville, that I always watched as a kid. I went up there a couple times to the tournament and it’s one of the greatest golf tournaments in the world.”

No. 10) Cairo’s Cowboy

Another dream came true April 26 when the Dallas Cowboys selected a safety out of Georgia Southern with the 80th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

With that third-round pick, Cairo product J.J. Wilcox got his wish of a shot in the NFL.

“It doesn’t matter,” Wilcox said early that next week. “Just as long as you get your shot, it doesn’t matter who picked you. All that matters is what you do when you get there. That was my mindset that I had for any organization that I went to.

“Luckily it was the Dallas Cowboys, the Dream Team, America’s Team. They have a lot of great tradition, just like Georgia Southern. So we have a lot of similarity going into it. I think Dallas is a great fit. I was at Georgia Southern where we’re blue and white and the Cowboys are the same way. It’s just perfect. God works in mysterious ways and got me to a team that has a tradition similar to my college team.”

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