Watkinsville, GA — The log jam at the Mill was relieved as the golf course conditions became dry and firm during the final round Sunday at the 71st L&J Georgia Open Presented by Philip Jones and EHDH. Former Forme Tour player Austin Morrison of St. Simons Island played consistent golf over the final 18-holes firing a 2-under par 70 to finish the championship at 13-under par 275 and claim the title. With the two-stroke victory, Morrison took home the winner’s check of $8,000.
Alone in second at 11-under par 277, was Ryan Elmore of Dunwoody after a final round 2-under par 70. Elmore was able to pull even with Morrison on the par-4 7th hole after Morrison made a double bogey. Morrison proceeded to make birdie on the par-3 8th to regain the lead for good.
Tied for 3rd at 9-under par 279 was Low Amateur Jackson Buchanan of Dacula and the low PGA Professional, Ted Moon of Lilburn. Moon had a hole-in-one on the 205-yard 8th hole. Rounding out the top 5 were mini tour professionals Stanton Schorr of Columbus and Dykes Harbin of Augusta finishing at 7-under par 281. Defending Champion Matt Nagy finished in a tie for 21st at 4-over par 292.
Jennings Mill Country Club was designed by legendary golf architect Bob Cupp in 1986 and is playing to a par 72 and 7039 yards for the championship. Cupp succeeded in retaining the beauty of the area while building a course that is fun and challenging for golfers of all levels. It has hosted Georgia PGA events, Nationwide Tour events, and many of the top amateur competitions in the state.
About L&J Golf: L&J Golf, a boutique golf company based in Snellville, Georgia, currently owns and operates four golf courses in the state, Jennings Mill Country Club, Lane Creek Golf Club, Country Club of Gwinnett, and Trenton Golf Club. With 100 years of experience on their team, L&J’s goal is to help grow the game of golf and help club owners build the best clubs in the industry.
About the Georgia PGA: The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes nearly 890 PGA professionals working at over 260 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 35 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA’s primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print, radio, and television media.