2017 Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifiers
The Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying registration is now available for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals being held at Augusta National on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Click on the links below for more information.
Amateur Larkin Cruises to Yamaha Atlanta Title
Owen Wins Low Professional
Wyatt Larkin, a rising red-shirt junior at Kennesaw State University, captured the Yamaha Atlanta Open presented by Bushnell/Bolle, Camelback, and Levelwear at Echelon Golf Club in Alpharetta. Larkin, a native of Morganton, carded a final round of one-under par 71 for a two-day total of five-under par 139 to claim the Lyman R. Hunter trophy and low amateur honors as well. He is the first amateur to claim the title since Cory Griffin in 2013.
Larkin began the day two strokes behind first round leader PGA apprentice Chris Nicol of the Georgia Golf Center in Roswell. Larkin carded a two-under par outward nine of 34 while Nicol carded a two-over par 38. With birdies at the 4th and 7th hole, Larkin took the lead for good. Both Nicol and nine-time Georgia PGA Player of the Year, Tim Weinhart from Heritage Golf Links in Norcross both made charges, but fell up short after both players made double bogeys on the par 5 14th hole.
Kate Owens, Beck Burnette Win 2017 Georgia Junior PGA Championship
Kate Owens of Suwanee and Beck Burnette of Blairsville won the 2017 Georgia Junior PGA Championship held on Monday-Tuesday, June 5-6 at Cartersville Country Club in Cartersville.
Duo of Reeves and Griffin Capture Club Car Pro-Assistant Championship
Eric Reeves, head PGA Professional, and J.P. Griffin, assistant PGA apprentice, from Capital City Club in Atlanta took top honors in the Club Car Pro-Assistant Championship presented by Mobile Pro Shop, which was conducted at Athens Country Club.
Claxton & Pittman Win BDNA Senior-Junior Championship
Drew Pittman, PGA head professional at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, and Paul Claxton, PGA head professional from Hawk’s Point Golf Club in Vidalia, won the BDNA Senior-Junior Championship presented by Sun Mountain and Donald Ross at Ansley Golf Club just north of downtown Atlanta.
Nicol Claims Rivermont Championship
PGA apprentice Chris Nicol from the Georgia Golf Center in Milton won the fourth annual Rivermont Championship presented by Ste. Michelle Vineyards at Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek. It was Nicol’s second victory in this championship, he won previously in 2014.
Nicol, who had carded a first round of three under par 68, played his second round in five-under par 66 to cruise to the victory by six shots in this 36-hole championship which was conducted in one day. For his efforts, Nicol earned the first place check of $2,000.
DripFusion Named Title Sponsor of the Georgia Open
The Georgia Section, PGA of America and wellness and nutrition company DripFusion have entered into an agreement in which DripFusion will be the title sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 Georgia Open with options for future years. As part of the agreement, the state open will now be called The DripFusion Georgia Open powered by PRO-IV and presented by GasSouth and E-Z-GO.
Mason Claims Third Yamaha Georgia Senior Open Victory
James Mason, a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame from Dillard, won his third Yamaha Georgia Senior Open presented by BDNA contested at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville. Mason fired a second round of 3-under par 69 for a two-day total of 10-under par 134 and defeated PGA professional Sonny Skinner from Sylvester by two shots.