June 18, 2014

Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round

From Staff Reports
sports@daltoncitizen.com

— Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.

Hicks shot a 7-over 79 in Tuesday’s second round at Brunswick Country Club, but his two-day total of 11-over was two strokes inside of the cutline for the 54-hole Georgia State Golf Association event, which is being played for the 49th time. The tournament field of 130 players was cut to the top 70 and ties after the second round, and players at 13-over-par 157 or better will play the final 18 holes today.

The tournament concludes at the Golden Isles course, which is playing to 6,802 yards and a par of 72.

At the GSGA’s Georgia Girls Championship at The Standard Club in Johns Creek, incoming North Murray freshman Savannah Satterfield continued her strong play for a second straight round to remain in 25th place overall in the 49-player field.

In Brunswick, Hicks had bogeys on the second and fifth holes, and lost two more strokes with a double bogey on the 211-yard, par-3 8th hole. He responded with seven straight pars and seemed able to limit the damage before back-to-back-to-back bogeys on the three finishing holes.

Hicks is tied for 52nd with four other golfers. Jonathan Keppler of Marietta leads a group of 13 players under par for the tournament after shooting a 5-under 67 Tuesday to move to 8-under for the tournament. He is two strokes ahead of Suwanee’s Jake Fendt.

Rocky Face’s Ethan Hayes had the best round of the day among the seven local players in the tournament. He shot a 5-over 77, but his first round score of 81 kept him from being able to make up enough ground on the field, missing the cut by one stroke.

Dalton’s Allen Behr was tied with Hicks after matching Hicks’ opening round score, but he was 10 shots worse on Tuesday with his 14-over 86 pushing him to 18-over for the tournament. Addison Lambert had the biggest turnaround of the tournament from the first round to the second. After opening with a 91, Lambert responded with a 6-over 78. Still, it wasn’t enough as he missed the cut along with Dalton’s Davis Kirk (79-80) and Davis Smith (82-78) and Chatsworth’s Jackson Quarles (87-88).

Satterfield was all alone in 25th after finishing her round with a birdie on the 526-yard, par-5 18th hole to shoot an 11-over 83 to go along with an opening round of 12-over. The Girls Championship is flighted, and Satterfield is sixth overall in the second flight.

Milton’s Payton Schanen and Norcross’ Diane Lim were tied atop the leaderboard at 1-over after the second round. The 54-hole event, which is in its 35th edition, concludes today, and the course is playing to 6,139 yards and a par of 72.

Dalton’s Carson Roberts had a birdie on the par-3, 8th hole, but she struggled with consistency while shooting a 93 after opening with an 89. Roberts is tied for 42nd overall and is third in the fourth flight.