Area Golf Digest

Swords competes in U.S. Girls Junior Championship

Heritage School junior Annie Swords' second trip to the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur didn't last as long as she hoped this week at Sycamore County Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Swords, last year's low medalist at the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state tournament, finished her two rounds at the national event at 18-over 15. following Tuesday's second 18 holes.

Swords, who qualified for the national tournament for the second time in three years, began the event with a 5-over 77 on Monday, before struggling a bit with an 85 during Tuesday's second round.

It was an improvement over Swords' first appearance at the prestigious event in 2011, when she fired consecutive rounds of 80 and 86.

The top 64 finishers following 36-holes of stroke play advanced to the match-play tournament which will conclude with Saturday's final round.

Swords was unable to advance despite a decent start while parring 13 of her first 18 holes.

She then continued her success on Tuesday with a birdie on the par-4 third hole, before struggling the rest of the round.

SMITH STARTS STRONG AT U.S. AMATEUR QUALIFIER

Newnan's Trevor Smith, a sophomore at Coastal Georgia College, opened this week's U.S. Amateur qualifier with a 1-over 71 on Tuesday while looking to finish among the topfive in play at the Capital City Crabapple Course in Woodstock.

The former Newnan Cougar standout ended the first-round of the qualifier in a five-way tie for 15th, following birdies on the fifth and 18th holes. He also added 13 pars in the first round.

VAUGHN TAKES FIRST IN SUMMER SERIES AT EAST LAKE

Newnan High senior Carson Vaughn shot a one-under par 71 Tuesday at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta to capture the Georgia PGA Junior Summer Series event. Vaughn competed against 53 others players en route to his win.

The Cougar golfer won the event by five strokes while the only player to finish the round under par.

He beat out second-place finisher Drew Smith by five strokes.

Vaughn played steady golf throughout his round, posting his only bogey on the second hole before making birdies on hole No.s 9, 10 and 15.

Newnan's Max Matistic finished in a four-way tie for ninth after shooting 7-over par.

Canongate-on-White Oak hostsNike Cup Series: The Nike Cup Series played host to threeage divisions Saturday in Newnan with several local golfers taking part in the event.

In the 15-18-year-old boys division, Northgate High golfer Maddux Lytle of Sharpsburg shot an 11-over 155 to tie for 10th. Newnan's Nathan Garner was 26th, and Newnan's Matthew Feldman was 45th.

In the 11-14 year old division, Newnan's Carson Whitton finished 14th.

In the girls' 15-18 year-old division, Sharpsburg's golfers Haley Grant and Ashton Thomas placed 13th and 15th, respectively.



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