Paul Claxton, PGA life member from Claxton fired a final round 4-under par 68 to defend his title at the E-Z-GO/L&J Acquisitions Georgia PGA Championship presented by adidas, Srixon-Cleveland Golf-XXIO, Tagmarshal, Precise Yardage and the PGA Tour, conducted at Sea Island Golf Club’s Retreat course on St. Simons Island.
Claxton finished at 9-under par 207 for the three-round event. He opened with a round of 67, followed by an even par 72 second round. In a tie for second, two strokes behind Claxton were three-time Georgia PGA champion Tim Weinhart Heritage Golf Links and four-time Georgia PGA champion Stephen Keppler from Marietta Country Club. Claxton started the day three shots behind second round leader Jacob Tilton from Ansley Golf Club but was able to surpass him after Tilton made back-to-back bogeys on the 4th and 5th holes while Claxton made an early birdie. Tilton finished in 4th place after carding a final round of 2-over par 74. With the victory, Claxton moved to fourth place in the Omega Georgia PGA Player of the Year standings.
The Retreat Course at Sea Island is a par 72 and played at 6,897 yards for the championship. Brannen Veal is the PGA Director of Golf and Patrick Richardson is the PGA head golf professional. The E-Z-GO/L&J Acquisitions Georgia PGA Championship is the only 54-hole event conducted by the Georgia PGA.
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