Area Golf Digest
Three local players tee off today at annual GSGA Amateur
by Chris Goltermann
One of the Georgia State Golf Association’s most prestigious events — its Amateur Championship — tees off this morning with three players from Coweta County among a field of 144 players at Idle Hour Club in Macon.
A pair of recent standouts at local high schools, Connor Edwards (Northgate) and Trevor Smith (Newnan) will be joined by Jason Kimpel of Sharpsburg after qualifying at one of 10 sites around the state between June 2-19.
Tournament play will consist of 72 holes of individual stroke play with the field cut to the low 70 players and ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the lead after 36 holes.
Edwards, a junior in Reinhardt University’s golf program, made the tournament field at the June 17 Atlanta South qualifier at Planterra Ridge in Peachtree City while firing a 1-under 71 that included two birdies and just one bogey.
Edwards is coming off a season where he finished third at the NAIA AAC Men’s Championship with a 10-over 226 while leading the Eagles to a third-place finish.
As a sophomore, Edwards was second among Reinhardt players in scoring average (76.36) for the 2013-14 season while posting 20 birdies. He also led the Eagles in pars-per-round with an average of 10.91.
Smith, who is also entering his junior year of college play, was part of Coastal Georgia’s NAIA National Championship team in 2014. He made the field for the GSGA Amateur at the Southwest qualifier at Stonebridge Golf Club in Albany, where he was among five players advancing after tying for second place with a 2-under 70.
Playing at the Atlanta South qualifier in Peachtree City, Kimpel led local finishers at 2-under while tied for third place.
GSGA Amateur winners include recent Coweta Sports Hall of Fame inductee Louis Brown, who won the event in 1985 at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw. Prior to the championship, Brown placed second in the 1982 and 1984 tournaments.
Area pro and golf coach Dave Schreyer placed second in the 1988 Georgia Amateur held at Green Island Country Club in Columbus.
The event dates back to 1916.
Smith will join former Newnan High teammate Carson Vaughn at next week’s U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Piedmont Driving Club on July 14-15. Local entries include Gregory Young of Sharpsburg and Spencer Steele of Newnan.
A second U.S. Amateur qualifier is scheduled for July 21-22 at Reynolds Plantation in Eatonton. Former East Coweta High standout Ryan Tobin, who is headed to play at St. Francis College, is among the local entries.
HOLES IN ONE: At least three holes-in-one were recently recorded at Coweta courses through Golf Georgia magazine. Bill Kovack posted an ace on Hole No. 2 at Canongate-on-White Oak, a 140-yard, par 3. Also at White Oak, Ron Schmidt sank his tee shot on the par-3, 141-yard 13th.
At Canongate I, Chandler Stuart recently recorded an ace on the par-3, 17th hole with a drive of 169 yards.
LOCAL TOURNAMENTS: The Fifth District Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association held its inaugural golf tournament on June 28 at Orchard Hills. A team of Robin Ashford, Victor Butler, James Golden and Graylin Ward captured first place.
Finishing second was a team of Phillip Anderson, Gregory Eilerman, Scotty Matthews and Joe Wills. Third place went to a foursome of Danny Edwards, Adrian Evelyn, Ronald Logan and Rose M. McGhee.
The event also included closest-to-the pin and longest drive contests, won respectively by Anderson and Jack Warren.
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