Area Golf Digest
Locals qualify for U.S. Kids State Invitational at Orchard Hills
by Chris Goltermann
Orchard Hills will host the upcoming U.S. Kids Golf Georgia State Invitational on June 12-13, offering players from ages 5-14 from nearby as well as surrounding states a chance to qualify for its regional, international and world competitions.
From results of the spring season so far on the Atlanta Local Tour, several young standouts in Coweta County could be on pace to qualify for the world championship in Pinehurst, N.C. by finishing in the top two.
Teddy Dunn, Will Coffman and Carson Whitton all finished among the top-five of respective boys divisions for the Spring season in U.S. Kids.
Dunn, age 7, is coming off a season-best 37 over nine holes last Saturday at the Tour Championship while placing second at The Oaks Course. Dunn also has three wins over a dozen events in the Boys 7-year-old division.
He placed fifth during U.S. Kids local events at Orchard Hills on March 15 and at Newnan Country Club on May 3.
Coffman capped of the spring in the Boys 8-year-old division by finishing fifth after posting nine-hole rounds of 42 at NCC on May 3 and at The Oaks Course. He placed third at Collins Hill Golf Club on April 26.
Whitton, meanwhile, is coming off last year’s trip to the U.S. Kids World Championships in Scotland, and placed fifth in the Boys 13-14 division with 72 points despite playing in just three events, winning two of them.
The rising East Coweta freshman earned victories at Chateau Elan on March 8 and again at NCC on May 3 with a season-best 77 over 18 holes.
SWORDS TO COMPETE IN GSGA WOMEN’S MATCH PLAY EVENT AT WHITE OAK: Heritage School standout Annie Swords will compete in next week’s GSGA’s Women’s Match Play Championship starting Thursday at Canongate-on-White Oak.
Play begins next Thursday with an 18-hole stroke round to determine seeding.
GSGA SENIOR WOMEN’S MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Newnan’s Jodie Shepherd qualified for the Championship Flight of the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual event at Sunset Hills Country Club, which concluded on Wednesday.
Shepherd placed sixth in the stroke-play qualifier with an 83 to earn the No. 6 seed in the championship flight before being defeated by third-seeded Deb Jackson 3 and 1 in Tuesday’s quarterfinal.
Ellen Connors of Sharpsburg competed in the First Flight.
GSGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Veteran Newnan golfer Michael Budgen finished tied for 19th at the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual Mid-Amateur Championship last weekend at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton.
Budgen was led by a 1-under 69 on Saturday that included three birdies in the 36-hole event. It was won by David Noll Jr. of Dalton in sudden death.
Budgen finished with a three-day total of 225 after opening and closing with rounds of 78.
Jason Kimpel of Sharpsburg bounced back with rounds of 71 and 74 to finish at 229 while tied for 38th place.
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