Atlanta Athletic Club will hold a major amateur event
The USGA has scheduled a major announcement of an upcoming national amateur tournament Tuesday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Speculation is that the club could bring the US Amateur 2030 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam. The Atlanta Athletic Club was Jones’ home club.
The organization of major championships is part of the club’s mission. The Atlanta Athletic Club last hosted the USA Amateur Championship in 2014, a famous event won by the unsung Gunn Yang, and was the site of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2021, won by No. 1 ranked Nelly Korda. .
Since moving to its current Johns Creek premises, the club has hosted three PGA Championships (1981, 2001, 2011), US Open (1976), US Women’s Open (1990), US Junior Amateur (2002), US Mid-Amateur (1984), Arnold Palmer Cup (2017) and Junior World Open (1982).
Nance and Kearney win senior titles in match play
Mike Nance of Calhoun and Jack Kearney of Peachtree City are the best of the senior amateur set.
Nance won the Georgia Senior Match Play Championship and Kearney won the Super Senior Division when the events took place at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville.
Nance defeated Jackson’s Michael Standard 2 and 1 in the championship round. Nance, the No. 16 seed from stroke play qualifying, beat No. 1 Jack Larkin Sr. 3 and 2, Georgia Senior Player of the Year Bob Royak in 21 holes and DeWitt Weaver III 5 and 4 to reach the final.
Kearney of Peachtree City beat No. 1 seed Larry Vaughan of Greensboro 3 and 2 in the final.
No. 11 Yellow Jackets seek 19th ACC title
Number 11 Georgia Tech will begin competition in the ACC Championship on familiar grounds. The tournament will be held at The Shark’s Tooth Golf Club in Panama City, Fla., where the Jackets won the Watersound Invitational earlier this spring, one of four wins for the team.
All teams will play 36 holes on Friday and 18 on Saturday, with the top four teams qualifying for match play on Sunday. The finals will air on ESPN at 9 a.m. Monday.
Tech has four returning starters from the team that finished 15th in the NCAA championships. The Jackets missed play in the ACC Tournament by one shot last season.
The Jackets are led by Lamprecht, ranked No. 26 by Golfstat. Other top players are Calusa Cup co-medallist Bartley Forrester, Ross Steelman and Connor Howe.
The highest-ranked team entering the tournament is No. 5 North Carolina, with Notre Dame (No. 13), Wake Forest (No. 17), Clemson (No. 23), FSU (No. 24 ) and NC State (No. .25) all in the top 25. Clemson is the defending champion.
Bulldogs competing in the SEC Championship
The 12th-ranked Georgia men play in the SEC Championship through Sunday at Sea Island’s famed Seaside Course on St. Simons Island. After three rounds of move play, the top eight teams advance to match play. Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s final will be televised live on the SEC Network.
Trent Phillips leads the Bulldogs with six top 10 finishes and one win (Williams Cup) in eight games. His score was counted 22 times in 24 rounds, including an average of 64. Phillips this spring in 70. Phillips won SEC Player of the Week for the third time in his career this spring.
Freshman Maxwell Ford has played in eight tournaments and has two top 10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic and a 70.8 average this spring. He’s a three-time SEC freshman of the week.
Vanderbilt won the SEC championship in 2022. Georgia’s last title came in 2016.
Nine of the nation’s top 25 teams belong to the SEC, making it one of the most important events in college golf.
“Our guys have played and practiced at a high level, so we’re excited about this opportunity,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “It’s a grind, with potentially five days of stroke and match play, but we’re looking forward to it.”
The ground gathers for Mitsubishi Classic
The line-up continues to grow for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, May 2-8 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.
The field will include five players who posted a score below 60: Jim Furyk, Stuart Appleby, Paul Goydos, Kevin Sutherland and David Duva.
The latest additions are local favorite Billy Andrade of Brookhave, three-time PGA Tour Champions Darren Clarke and eight-time Senior Tour winner Jerry Kelly.
Georgians await NCAA regional date
The No.27 Georgians finished 10th in the SEC Championship at Birmingham and did not advance to match play. The Bulldogs were led by senior Jo Hua Hung, who finished with a 67 and took fourth place with a 2-under 214. Georgia will await assignment to the NCAA region, with the closest locations being the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, and the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club in Tallahassee, Florida. The Bulldogs won the Columbus Regional by 15 strokes last spring and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Three Georgia teams on the USA Women’s Four-Ball Court
Three teams from Georgia are among 64 entrants in the seventh U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which began Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the Grand Reserve Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
The qualifiers for Georgia are: LoraLie Cowart of Winston and Ava Merrill of Johns Creek, Thienna Huynh of Lilburn and Sara Im of Duluth, Mary Miller of Savannah and Reagan Southerland of Atlanta.
Teams play two rounds of move play, with the top 32 advancing to match play. Huynh and Im reached the second round last year.