KENNESAW, GA – 156 of Georgia’s top PGA Professionals and amateur golfers teed it up today at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw for the 104th playing of the Yamaha Atlanta Open presented by Audi Atlanta and Golf Sign & Design.
Day one of the two-day major saw some exciting play for some and posed challenges for others. Cooper Tendick, a 17-year-old native of Kennesaw, and member at Pinetree Country Club, enters day two in a 3-way tie for the lead. Tendick is accompanied at 3-under par 69 with amateurs Aidan Kramer, a rising sophomore on the Georgia Tech Golf team, and 2007 Atlanta Open Champion Bob Royak of St. Ives Country Club. Royak is coming off a major victory at the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship at Country Club of Columbus over the weekend
Trailing closely behind at 2-under par are PGA Professionals Francisco Bide from Flat Creek Club, 2011 Atlanta Open champion Craig Stevens from Woodmont Golf & Country Club, as well as amateur Logan Toskey of Alpharetta.
Defending Champion James Mason heads into the final round tied for 27th after shooting 2-over par 74. Sonny Skinner, who competed in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island last week, finished the round at 1-over par tied for 16th. Round two will begin at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Admission is free.
ABOUT PINETREE COUNTRY CLUB
Pinetree Country Club was originally designed by the noted architect Chick Adams and opened in 1962. In the summer of 2007, Pinetree Country Club retained noted architect Bill Bergin to oversee a renovation of the golf course. Bergin’s challenge was to preserve the course’s original character while improving each hole.
ABOUT YAMAHA GOLF-CAR COMPANY
The Yamaha Golf-Car Company has been a longtime supporter of the Georgia Section and serves as the title sponsor of the Atlanta Open and the Georgia Senior Open, Yamaha Golf-Car Company has based its North American headquarters in Newnan, located off I-85 in south metro Atlanta, since 1987. It has developed into the largest employer in Coweta County, with more than 1500 employees.
ABOUT AUDI ATLANTA:
Audi Atlanta is a Jim Ellis Family Dealership servicing the Atlanta area and beyond since 1983. The facility delivers about 1,800 new and 1,000 Certified Pre-owned Audis annually with a robust inventory to meet the demand. Audi Atlanta is the nation’s #1 Certified Pre-owned Audi dealership for 12 of the previous 13 years and 2019 and 2020’s #1 Audi Sport dealer in the nation.
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.