The Newnan Times-Herald


Two Newnan golfers to tee off

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jul. 09, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Newnan’s Carson Vaughn and Ryan Huber will be among the 144 golfers teeing off next Thursday in the four-round Georgia Amateur Championship at West Lake Country Club in Augusta.

Vaughn, Huber, and the rest of the field made it into the tournament by playing in a qualifier earlier this year. After the first two rounds of the tournament, only the top 70 players will advance to play the third and fourth rounds.

The Georgia Amateur Championship began in 1916 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Legendary golfer Bobby Jones, who was just 14 at the time, captured the first event. A century later, Jones is still the youngest golfer to ever win the event.

Allen Doyle, who now plays on the Champions PGA Tour, won the most Georgia Amateur titles, winning the event six times before he turned pro.

Arnold Blum has won five events, and Danny Yates three.

Colin Bowles was the Georgia Amateur champion last year, winning the tournament the same year the event turned 100.

David Noll Jr. could be one of the golfers to beat this year. Noll has had plenty of success in the Georgia Amateur, winning in 2003 and 2011. He was also the runner-up in 2005, 2009 and 2012.

Former Georgia Amateur Champion Lee Knox is also in the field and has two Georgia Amateur titles as part of his golfing resume, winning in 2010 and 2012.

David Denham is in the field and also has one tournament title after winning the Georgia Amateur in 2004.

There is a wide age range in this year’s field as 15-year-old Matthew Giesler will be the youngest player to tee off on the first day. Doug Hanzel will be the oldest in the field at 60.

The West Lake Country Club Course is 6,816 yards long and a par-71 course.

It has just three par-5 holes as part of its landscape, with the 18th hole the longest at 514 yards.

Three are also four par-3s on the course, two each on the front and back nine. The shortest hole on the course is the par-3, 165-yard 17th hole.