December 23, 2012

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Georgia Junior Championship coming to Farm

Submitted by GSGA

MARIETTA — The 2013 Georgia State Golf Association competitions schedule features 19 statewide tournaments and championships, 16 qualifying rounds for two state championships, three team matches and 17 qualifying rounds for USGA national championships.

“The GSGA Site Committee has once again put together a great schedule for the 2013 competitions season,” said Layne Williams, GSGA senior director of Rules and Competitions.

“We will travel to excellent venues across the state, including Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw for the Georgia Amateur Championship. This is the fourth time we’ve held our state championship at Pinetree, and first since the club’s renovation in 2007-08, so we’re looking forward to another true championship test and a great week of golf.”  



Men’s events



One of the many highlights of the 2013 competitions schedule is the 92nd annual Georgia Amateur Championship, set for July 11-14 at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw. The club also hosted in 2003, 1985 and 1976.

The Championship was first held at Capital City Club in Atlanta in 1916 and was won by 14-year-old Robert T. “Bobby” Jones, Jr. Qualifying rounds for the 2013 Amateur Championship will take place at 10 sites across the state from June 3 to 21.  

Another popular event is the 32nd annual Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship, scheduled for May 17 to 19 at The Savannah Golf Club. This will mark the first time in event history the Mid-Am competition will be played in Savannah. Qualifying rounds for the Mid-Amateur Championship will be held at six locations statewide from April 1 to 18.  

The schedule will once again feature a pair of four-ball competitions, including the season-opening and 25th annual Georgia Four-Ball Tournament, which takes place March 22 to 24 at Doublegate Country Club and Stonebridge Golf and Country Club, both in Albany.

This year marks the fifth time Stonebridge will play host to this competition, but first time it will pair with Doublegate. The 42nd annual Georgia Four-Ball Championship will be held April 26 to 28 at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans for the first time.

Other men’s competitions on the 2013 calendar include the Georgia Public Links Championship, which celebrates its 25th anniversary, Sept. 14 and 15, at Legacy on Lanier in Buford. The 95th annual Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship takes place Oct. 3 to 6 at Rivermont Golf and Country Club, and the Georgia Team Championship, now in its 21st year, is set for Oct. 26 and 27 at The Georgia Club in Statham.



Senior events



The GSGA schedule features four events for senior men, including the 27th annual Georgia Senior Championship (for ages 55 and older). Scheduled for Aug. 28 to 30, this competition returns to The Landings Club in Savannah for the fifth time. The field will play the Deer Creek course, which also hosted in 2002.  

The sixth annual Georgia Super Senior Championship (for ages 65 and older) takes place April 2 and 3 at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta. In just its second year, the Georgia Senior Match Play Championship will head to White Columns Country Club in Alpharetta, May 8 to 11.  

The GSGA’s final competition of the season, the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship, will return to the Country Club of Columbus and Green Island Country Club in Columbus, Nov. 13 to 15. This competition will feature a new format in 2013, adding a super senior flight (for ages 65 and older) of 12 teams. The championship flight will be reduced to 36 teams based on handicap index.



Women’s events



The Georgia Senior Women’s Match Play Championship (for ages 50 and older) returns to the schedule in 2013 and is set for May 20-22 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton.

For the first time in event history, the 16th annual Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship will take place at a new site in 2013, this time at The Legends at Chateau Elan in Braselton, June 2 to 5.  

The 32nd annual Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic is scheduled for June 26 and 27 at Green Island Country Club in Columbus.  The GSGA Senior Women’s Championship, in its 16th year, will be played at the King & Prince Golf Course in St. Simons Island, Aug. 26 and 27.

The final women’s event of the year, the 28th annual Georgia Women’s Team Championship, will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Sept. 25 and 26.  

Both The Legends at Chateau Elan and Brasstown Valley Resort will be hosting a GSGA-sanctioned competition for the first time in 2013.   

“We’ve made format changes in a couple of GSGA competitions in hopes of attracting greater participation,” Williams said. “We’ve added a super senior flight for ages 65 and older to our Senior Four-Ball Championship, which will consist of 12 teams that will play from a different set of tees than the championship flight. Also, the first round of the Women’s Team Championship will be four-ball net scoring, while the second round remains a scramble format.”



Junior events



The 48th annual Georgia Junior Championship and the 34th annual Georgia Girls’ Championship will both be held June 17 to 19 at two of Georgia’s legendary championship courses. The juniors will play at The Farm in Rocky Face and the girls at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

The Junior Sectional Challenge Match, scheduled for July 22 and 23 at The Georgia Club in Statham, is the culmination of a statewide summer series of one-day events for junior golfers of all skill levels.

Interstate matches



Georgia’s top junior golfers will travel across the border to take on the top juniors from the Palmetto State for the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match, scheduled for July 26 and 27 at Forest Lake Club in Columbia, S.C.

The top Georgia girls will also cross the border for the Georgia-South Carolina Girls’ Junior Challenge Match, Aug. 3 and 4, at a site to be determined.

The Southeastern Challenge Match resumes for the 14th time in 2013, as teams from Georgia, Florida and Alabama will compete at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton, Oct. 19 and 20.  Each team consists of 12 players — eight mid-amateurs and four seniors chosen by each state’s golf association.



USGA qualifiers



In 2013, Georgia will conduct 17 qualifiers for the USGA’s 13 annual national championships.

The state will host both stages of qualifying for the U.S. Open. Local Open qualifying takes place May 13 at Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw and May 14 at Atlanta National Golf Club in Alpharetta.

The U.S. Open Sectional qualifier is scheduled for June 3 at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground.

The Sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open is set for May 13 at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.  



How to enter



GSGA members who are interested in entering a competition will utilize GSGA’s online registration system at gsga.org. From the homepage, participants should click the “Event Registration” button to see the calendar of events. Full schedules with entry open/close dates, as well as detailed eligibility descriptions and entry fee information can be found at gsga.org on the GSGA Calendar of Events page under the Competitions tab.

If a golfer is interested in entering an event but is not a GSGA member, they may join the association online, also at gsga.org, or visit a golf club in their area to sign up for membership.

Founded in 1916, the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) received its official charter on June 24, 1924. Since that date, the GSGA has grown to one of the largest state amateur golf associations in the country, with nearly 350 member clubs and 75,000 individual members.

With a mission to promote and preserve amateur golf in the state of Georgia, GSGA offers a computerized handicapping service, course rating and measuring, and annually conducts a full schedule of statewide competitions for men and women of all age groups.

Other services include a summer-long junior sectional program, award-winning Golf Georgia magazine, membership recognition and rewards programs, management of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and a charitable foundation administering two college scholarship programs.