Area Golf Digest

Locals qualify for U.S. Kids State Invitational at Orchard Hills

by Chris Goltermann

alt

Teddy Dunn, age 7, is among three local qualifiers that will be playing in the upcoming U.S. Kids Golf Georgia State Invitational at Orchard Hills. 


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.

(If you have an item of note for the Newnan Times-Herald’s Area Golf Digest, please send them to sports editor Chris Goltermann at sports@newnan.com )



More Local

With restrictions, Jackson Street open

Traffic was being rerouted on Jackson Street around the University of West Georgia project in downtown Newnan earlier this week, but is now ... Read More


Two suspects arrested in homicides

Two suspects have been arrested and charged in Monday's double homicide on Widgeon Trail. Kenya Nneaka Sewell, 26, and Jarico Deshun Brown, ... Read More


Family, friends: Defendant is sleepwalker

Day four of the trial of Benjamin Tyler Gray for the alleged rape of a woman in Senoia saw his defense team call a DNA expert to the stand T ... Read More


Senoia Council

‘Walking Dead’ fence has to come down

The chain-link fence that has provided secure parking and storage for equipment used in the filming of “The Walking Dead” in dow ... Read More


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Ruth Hill to implement new model

Ruth Hill Elementary School was recently selected as one of 10 schools in Georgia to implement Academic Parent Teacher Teams, a new parent-t ... Read More

Defense draws judge’s ire in rape case

The trial of a Newnan man indicted for rape continued in Coweta County Superior Court early Monday. Attorneys were able to hear the testimon ... Read More