Area Golf Digest

Vaughn to play in Junior Amateur qualifier

Newnan High golfer Carson Vaughn hopes to follow in former Cougar Trevor Smith’s footsteps during Monday’s U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier at the University of Georgia course.

Vaughn is expected to be among 90 players competing over36 holes for four spots and two alternate positions in the 66th annual Junior Amateur, set for July 22-27 at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

Two summers ago, Smith qualified for the 64th U.S. Amateur, before eventually earning a scholarship to Coastal Georgia. In his freshman year, Smith played in four events and finished with a 75.78 scoring average. He recently qualified for the upcoming Georgia State Golf Association Amateur to be held July 11-14 at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw.

Vaughn could continue a trend of local boys and girls players to have qualified for the prestigious junior event. They include Annie Swords and recent East Coweta graduate Ji Eun Baik, who will be attending Mississippi State on a golf scholarship. Baik qualified for last year’s Junior Amateur and Swords made the tournament in 2011. 

Baik will compete in this week’s GSGA Top 60 Women’s Classic at Green Island Country Club in Columbus. The 36-hole tournament begins Wednesday and also includes Jodie Shepard of Newnan Country Club. 

Swords, meanwhile, continues a busy summer while looking to return to the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur in a July 1 qualifier at Cartersville Country Club. The Heritage School standout will be joined by sisters Jordan and Cameron Daniel — both of Landmark Christian — among local players in the event. 




More Sports

Former Lady Viking standouts have Shorter on verge of national relay title

Northgate High graduates and current Shorter University track and field standouts Ashley Ballard and Kemor Anderson are on the verge of brin ... Read More


Herrington tabbed to take over Northgate baseball program

Northgate athletic director Dr. Eric Fiske knew he might have some sleepless nights before finally deciding on the right candidate to take o ... Read More


Local Racing

Armisteads double up on wins at Senoia

The father and son racing team of Joe Armistead, Jr. and Joey Armistead doubled on victories on Saturday as the second and third generation ... Read More


Despite Brewers struggles, Smith still ‘getting jiggy with it’ on mound

When it came to talking about the 2014 Major League Baseball season last November, it was hard to blame Will Smith for not exactly being in ... Read More


High School Golf

Newnan, Northgate teams close out year at GHSA Championships

Newnan and Northgate varsity golf teams came up short of trophies in respective GHSA state tournaments on Monday, but that didn't stop their ... Read More

Area Golf Digest

Reynolds competes for spot in U.S. Open Qualfier

Jean Reynolds continues to pursue a return trip to the U.S. Women's Open, coming within just a hair of achieving the feat on Tuesday. The cu ... Read More