December 26, 2012


Championships fill list of biggest stories

The seasons come and go, but after we have opened the presents, carved the ham and enjoyed a double helping of Aunt Sally's sweet potato casserole at the Christmas dinner table, it is a natural time of the year for reflections.

Each year brings about times of celebration, times of disappointments and times that make us stronger and help us to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. The year 2012 was no different as the local athletes and personalities of the local sports scene provided a year packed full of reasons to cheer, times of reflection as we honored grand accomplishments and milestones and plenty of reasons to think that the next 12 months will be just as memorable.

During the past year champions have been crowned, individuals have been honored, and we have said goodbye to those who have passed away. Here — in no particular order — are the top 10 stories in area sports as chosen by The Daily Citizen sports staff along with the other notable events and stories of the year.

Running the road again

An area that already was flush with high school athletics returned to the college side.

Dalton State College’s hiring of Derek Waugh as athletic director made the idea of the college returning to athletics a future reality. Waugh’s hire in February came six months before as big a hire, when the Roadrunners nabbed Dalton-native Tony Ingle to lead the college’s premier sport, men’s basketball.

Those two were the major moments in a 2012 dominated by Dalton State — which also has hired coaches for volleyball and competitive cheerleading, plus men’s and women’s cross country, golf and tennis. Next fall should include the first sporting events at Dalton State in many years, with men’s basketball returning after nearly three decades.

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  • Chris Whitfield's Fairways & Greens: Nob North prepares for 'big date'

    Like anyone getting ready for a big date, golf courses get dressed up when it is time for a major event. But while a woman may put on a little makeup and a man may add a spray of cologne, Nob North Golf Course in Varnell is getting something more akin to Botox.

    July 24, 2014

  • Loran Smith: McIlroy at his peak at Hoylake

    HOYLAKE, England — It’s the setting which enraptures those who appreciate the things that accompany a championship, The British refuse to let a downpour or two, intermittent and inconvenient, to make them fret.

    July 20, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Change is needed for major titles

    HOYLAKE, England — This is a good time to be Bubba Watson — long off the tee which brings golf aficionados through the gates, two Masters titles which puts him in the pantheon of the greats at Augusta, deal-makers hovering about, more perks than a palace prince, exempt status to the end of the decade and a cash flow that resembles a raging river.

    July 19, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Brits know how to hold classy affairs

    HOYLAKE, England — Summertime is a royal time for the British, who have more sporting options in a six-week period than some societies have in a lifetime.
    If you think the U.S. is keen on sport — with the NBA finals lasting into June and baseball and golf dominating the scene — consider what takes place in the land of our forebears. Wimbledon gets underway the last week in June for a fortnight of resonating excitement. Wimbledon is like Augusta National or Churchill Downs — a memorable experience regardless of who walks away with first prize.

    July 15, 2014

  • End of streak for Noll at Georgia Amateur

    With the day’s low round at the Georgia Amateur Championship, Columbus’ Robert Mize claimed his first title at the Georgia State Golf Association tournament and added some hardware to the family’s trophy case.

    July 14, 2014

  • Close call for Noll at Georgia Amateur

    Most years at the Georgia Amateur Championship, Dalton’s David Noll Jr. is in the fight for first place.

    July 12, 2014

  • Local trio unable to break par at Georgia Amateur

    Eatonton’s Trey Rule opened with a 5-under-par 65 to take the lead Thursday in the first round of the Georgia Amateur Championship at Idle Hour Club in Macon.

    July 11, 2014

  • Public Links set for September at Nob North

    Registration is open for the 26th annual Georgia Public Links Championship, set for Sept. 13-14 at Nob North Golf Course in Varnell.

    July 11, 2014

  • Chatsworth's Mitchell picks up confidence-boosting victory

    Two good rounds of golf and a tournament victory secured some momentum for Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell as he prepares for this week’s Georgia Amateur Championship.

    July 9, 2014

  • Noll State Am.jpg The main attraction

    In 2008, David Noll Jr. beat the tournament record at the Georgia Amateur Championship at Idle Hour Club in Macon.
    No one remembers.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo