Area Golf Digest: Swords wins HJGA tournament in Athens

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FROM STAFF REPORTS sports@newnan.com Annie Swords capped off a busy summer season last weekend by winning the Athens Jr. Shootout's Girls 14-18 year-old division, held at The Georgia Club. Swords, who qualified for the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur in July, shot a 73-76-149 to earn a four-stroke victory over Meredith Owen of Madison. The tournament was part of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, which features players from a four-state region.
She posted a division low 2-over 73 on Saturday, then opened her final round with a birdie on Hole No. 1 and never looked back. Swords led the field with six birdies and was even among par-5's for the tournament. ••• TEMPLETON FINISHES AS ALTERNATE IN U.S. MID-AMATEUR Newnan golfer Brian Templeton went through a playoff hole to finish as a second alternate at Monday's U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier held at The Brickyard at Riverside in Macon. Templeton fired a 1-over 73 in the qualifier, which saw David Noll of Dalton shoot a 66 to lead seven qualifiers for the national tournament set for Sept. 17-22 in Texas. Templeton finished tied among six players for the second alternate spot, but won a playoff to earn a chance to play in the upcoming event. The 31st annual Mid-Amateur will be held at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. ••• SHEPARD AMONG LOCAL PLAYERS COMPETING IN GSGA SENIOR WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP Newnan's Jodie Shepard, who recently captained Team Georgia to a win in the 31st annual Georgia-Florida Women's Team Matches on Aug. 15-16, began play among entries from Coweta County in the GSGA's two-day Senior Women's Championship starting Tuesday at Brookstone Golf and Country Club in Acworth. Shepard competed in the championship event's First Flight. Ellen Connors of Sharpsburg was also scheduled to tee off in the two-day tournament on Tuesday. Most recently, Shepard captained Team Georgia to a 29-25 win over Team Florida in the GSGA's Georgia-Florida Women's Team Matches. Newnan's Cheryl Drewyer was the vice captain. Georgia, which led by just one point after the opening round four-ball matches (9 1/2 to 8 1/2), won seven of 12 singles matches and scored 19 1/2 points on the final day to clinch the victory, halting Florida's three-match win streak going back to 2008. ••• (Send your local golf news to the Times-Herald at sports@newnan.com)


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