Area Golf Digest
Canongate I to host Junior event today
While the U.S. Open takes center stage today nationally, Atlanta Junior Golf’s 2013 Summer Series will enter the second day of its schedule with a youth tournament at Canongate I.
Play will include nine and 18-hole open and club divisions split among age groups for boys. The field is expected to include 96 players, at least 10 of which are from Coweta County.
The summer series consists of 60 events around the Atlanta area from June 12-July 23. Golfers will accumulate points in hopes of qualifying for championship events at Chateau Elan. Club championships will be held on July 25-26 and the grand championship is set for July 30-Aug. 1.
The AJG will return to the area on Wednesday for a tournament at Canongate-on-White Oak. Another tournament is scheduled for July 18 at Newnan Country Club.
NEWNAN PLAYERS QUALIFY FOR GSGA AMATEUR: Newnan golfer Michael Budgen led local qualifying efforts last week a Orchard Hills on June 4, for the upcoming Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) Amateur Championship.
Budgen finished second among qualifiers advancing with a 3-under 69 that included four birdies, three of which came on the back nine.
Also advancing were Coastal Georgia sophomore and former Newnan High standout Trevor Smith, as well as Newnan golfer Barry Reading.
All three now advance to the GSGA Amateur Championship on July 11-14 at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw.
Smith shot a 1-under 71 to tie for 8th among qualifiers at Orchard Hills, posting five birdies including one on the par-5 first hole. Reading held on to claim the last spot after tying for 16th at a 1-over 73, with Marietta’s Scott Davenport and Atlanta golfer Seth Toporek.
Also competing at the qualifier locally were Kyle Daniel Cameron, Jason Brady, Spencer Steele and Kris Pope of Newnan, as well as Sharpsburg golfer Tim Kangas.
Former Northgate High golfer Zac Crow of Sharpsburg just missed advancing in the Northeast qualifier after tying for the 11th-best score of 3-over 75 at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro on June 4.
LOCALS PREPARE FOR GSGA JUNIOR, GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Recent 2013 Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA low medalist Annie Swords will be among players from Coweta County competing in next week’s GSGA Girls Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club from Monday-Wednesday.
Swords, who attends The Heritage School, played in the 2011 USGA Girls Junior Championship.
Also scheduled to compete from Coweta County include Landmark Christian student Cameron Daniel, also of Newnan and Peachtree City golfer Ivy Shepherd.
The Junior Championship for boys will also be held Monday-Wednesday at The Farm in Rocky Face.
Northgate golfer Maddux Lytle and Newnan High’s Carson Vaughn are expected to be among local players teeing off in the championship event. Vaughn was this year’s Region 3-AAAAAA low medalist. Both players reached respective GHSA championship tournaments in Class AAAAA and AAAAAA this spring.
PEACHTREE CITY GOLFERS FINISH 1st, 2nd AT HURRICANE JUNIOR TOUR EVENT: Peachtree City golfers Ivy Shepherd and Daniel Fienemann placed first and second in respective 11-14 year-old divisions at a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club in Locust Grove.
Shepherd won her division with a two-day score of 153, to finish 9-over. Fienemann was second overall among 11-14 year-old boys at a 2-under 142.
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