July 31, 2013

Dalton’s Hughes tied for first at Georgia Open

From Staff Reports

— Dalton’s Matt Hughes has some company, but he is still at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the 60th annual Tilted Kilt Georgia Open.

Hughes followed up his opening round 4-under-par 68 with a 70 on Tuesday and is tied for the lead at 6-under with Covington’s Jonathan Fricke on the Legends Course at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

Fricke, the tournament’s 2012 champion, shot a 69 for the second consecutive day to move into a tie with Hughes. Fricke is attempting to become the first repeat winner of the Georgia Open since Dicky Thopmson won at Jekyll Island in 1998 and 1999.

The two are four strokes ahead of Chris Wolfe of Warner Robins and Chris Nicol of Marietta, who are tied for third. Only seven players were under par at the midpoint of the 72-hole event.

Hughes, a professional who has competed this year on the Web.com Tour and who recently moved back to his hometown, continued his steady play from Monday in the second round. He hasn’t had a bogey in the tournament, and on Tuesday he had birdies on the par-3 7th and the par-5 14th.

Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell had a rougher day in the second round, but he still stands as the tournament’s low amateur. He struggled to a 76 in the second round of the heels of his 70 from the first round and is at 2-over.

Two other local players in the tournament — Dalton’s David Noll Jr. and Tunnel Hill’s Justin Jolly — both finished inside of the cut. Noll had a second-round 75 and stands at 5-over for the tournament in a tie for 31st, while Jolly is at 7-over after a 76 on day two, tied for 45th and on the cutline. Rocky Face’s Chase Miller improved on his first roundwith a76, but he finished three strokes out of the cut.

An online leaderboard, featuring all competitors’ complete scorecards, is available during the tournament at georgiapga.com with the final two rounds featuring live, hole-by-hole scoring for several of the leading groups as well as nine-hole updates for all other groups.

n U.S. AMATEUR QUALIFIER: Chatsworth’s Colby Hipp finished two strokes out of making a playoff for the final alternate spot after 36 holes and two days of qualifying at Athens Country Club. Hipp finished in a group of three golfers at 1-over-par 141.

Greyson Sigg of Augusta, winner of the 2011 Georgia Junior Championship, posted a 5-under-par 135 (67-68) to earn medalist honors. Sam Straka of Valdosta (68-69 — 137), Zach Estep of Lawrenceville (71-67 — 138) and Chase Parker of Augusta (71-67 — 138) also qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing in the top four.