Coweta Sports Digest
Four local golfers qualify for GSGA Amateur
by Chris Goltermann
Coweta County will be well represented at the upcoming Georgia State Golf Association Amateur Championship set for July 10-13 at Idle Hour in Macon following a series of 10 qualifier tournaments earlier this month.
They include Jason Kimpel, Connor Edwards and Cody Sapp, who were among the top-nine finishers at the Atlanta South qualifier held on June 17 at Planterra Ridge in Peachtree City.
Coastal Georgia junior and former Newnan High standout Trevor Smith also advanced to the champi- onship field after qualify- ing among five players at the Southwest qualifier at Stonebridge Golf Club in Albany.
The field is limited to 144 male amateur golfers including exemptions. They include recent Coweta Sports Hall of Fame inductee Louis Brown, who is a former GSGA Amateur champion.
A competitive qualifier in Peachtree City featured 18 players within three strokes of advancing at the finish, with Michael Standard of McDonough coming out with the last spot in a tie- breaker among three players at 1-over 73.
Jason Kimpel of Sharpsburg led local finishers at 2-under while tied for third place. After making the turn at 2-under, Kimpel connected for an eagle at the par-5 10th hole. Another birdie at the 12th pushed him to 5-under before having to battle through the final six holes.
Former Northgate High varsity standout Connor Edwards of Newnan also qualified while finishing tied for fifth at 1-under. A steady round included two birdies and only one bogey.
Sapp, of Sharpsburg, tied for seventh at an even-72 after finishing strong on the front nine with consecutive birdies on hole No.s 6 and 7 after making the turn at 2-over.
Competing in the Southwest qualifier in Albany last Wednesday, Smith was among just five qualifiers while tying for second with a 2-under 70, one stroke behind Reb Benton of Douglas.
During his sophomore year at Coastal Georgia, Smith helped lead the program to the school’s first ever NAIA national championship.
Three others from Coweta were in the hunt for qualifying spots through the finish in Peachtree City before each came into trouble on the 18th hole. Recent Newnan High graduate Carson Vaughn, who will play at West Georgia, finished as a third alternate after tying with veteran Newnan golfer Michael Budgen and Greg Young of Sharpsburg — all at 2-over 74.
Vaughn was in contention heading into his final hole, sitting at 1-under before posting only his second bogey of the day on No. 18. He opened his round with birdies on No. 11 and No. 16.
Budgen rallied back from a start that put him at 5-over after six holes before storming back for four birdies and no bogeys over the next 12. But a bogey on No. 18 also put him out of contention.
Young’s round consisted of 16 pars, including 10straight to begin play before bogeys on No. 11 and No. 18. REYNOLDS ADDS
ANOTHER PAYDAY ON SYMETRA TOUR: Newnan standout Jean Reynolds continued a strong month of play on the Symetra Tour, finishing in a tie for 19th at last weekend’s Four Winds Invitational at South Bend, Ind.
?Canadian Nicole Vandermade, on the heels of an opening round 64, held on for a one-stroke victory over Nicole Vandermade at 64-72-68-204 to finish at 12-under for the event.
Reynolds, who opened with a 68, wrapped up play with consecutive efforts of 72 and 73 to finish at 4-under 212. Earlier this month, she finished third a the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship.The tour travels to Harris, Mich. this week for the Island Resort Championship.
NEWNAN’S SHEPARD PARTICIPATING IN TOP 60 WOMEN’S CLASSIC: Newnan’s Jodie Shepard is participating this week in the Top 60 Women’s Classic at the Rivermont Country Club at the Rivermount Country Club in Johns Creek. Shepard was 19-over par after one round. Action in the 36-hole event continues today.
HOME PLATE OFF TO UNDEFEATED START: The Home Plate-Chilidogs Weslowski team, featuring players from The Heritage School, East Coweta and Northgate high schools, opened the Perfect Game 15U WWBA National Championship with four consecutive victories, including a 10-2 effort over the Chain Braves on Sunday in a game played at White- water High School.
On Monday, the Chilidogs-Weslowski lineup moved to 4-0-1 following a 1-1 tie with Gladiator Baseball out of Beaumont, Texas. The game featured only five combined hits between teams including the Chilidogs’ lone hit from Heritage School’s Chase Evans.
The tournament features over 100 teams playing at 28 sites including Newnan High School’s Joe Pope Field and Home Plate’s facility in Peachtree City. Teams are split up among 23 eight-team pools.
The Home Plate Chilidogs-Dyal 14-under team, also earned four wins over their first five games. They included a 9-1 victory over Centerfield Baseball Academy in a game pitting East Coweta varsity teammates Devonte Brown, Mason Meyer and Matthew Hollo- way against each other.
The Centerfield lineup includes several players from the facility’s 14-year- old travel team.
On Monday, the Chilidogs-Dyal defeated Marucci Forbes out of Houston 4-0 at Kell High School, hand- ing their opponents their first loss of the week-long tournament. Northgate freshman Chase Bevil went 2-for-3 in the victory. East Coweta High’s Coleman Wood went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Pool play continues through Wednesday.