Area Golf Digest

Kimpel makes cut at GSGA Amateur

MACON — The course at Idle Hour proved unforgiving for locals at this year’s Georgia State Golf Association Amateur Championship, with three of four entries from Coweta County unable to make the cut after 36 holes.

The lone survivor was Sharpsburg contender jason Kimpel, who’s 4-over 74 put him at 6 over for the tournament and tied for 50th place after round two on Friday.

Kimpel, who started on the back nine, battled back from three bogeys, including a double on No. 11, over his first nine holes to put him at 5-over for the day. He rallied, however, to post pars in eight of his last nine holes while dropping only one stroke after making the turn. Kimpel’s round also included a lone birdie on No. 13.

Elsewhere, both Newnan’s Trevor Smith and Sharpsburg’s Cody Sapp came up just shy, with Smith — a junior player at Coastal Georgia — coming within a stroke of the cut at 9-over for the tournament.

Despite a pair of birdies on the back side and 12 pars including six straight on the front nine, double bogeys on the second and ninth holes threw Smith off course. The former Newnan High varsity standout finished with a 5-over 75 that included a par 35 over his final nine, but one shot more than needed to continue on.

Smith opened the tournament with a 4-over 74 on Thursday.

Sapp missed the cut by three strokes while finishing up at 11-over 151. He closed the event with an 8-over 78 that included three birdies and four double bogeys.

The event’s other local participant, Reinhardt golfer and former Northgate standout Connor Edwards, withdrew from competition.



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