July 14, 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.

The son of 1987 Masters winner Larry Mize, he fired a 3-under-par 67 Sunday at Macon’s Idle Hour Club to finish at 5-under 275, four strokes ahead of four players in second place — Evans’ Kelby Burton, Atlanta’s Will Chandler, Statesboro’s Carter Collins and Eatonton’s Trey Rule.

Mize, who is entering his junior season at Columbus State University, duplicated his third-round score with his final 18 holes, six of which he birdied. That was enough to overcome a triple-bogey on the par-4 17th hole. Mize opened with a 69 Thursday and shot a 72 in the second round.

Dalton’s David Noll Jr., the only golfer from Whitfield County who made Friday’s cut — Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell and Cohutta’s Nick Ray missed it — shot a 78 to wrap up a disappointing showing for the two-time tournament champion, who won in 2003 and 2011. He finished at 19-over 299 and tied with two others for 59th place after finishing in the top six the past nine years.

Mize’s 72-hole score was the tournament’s best since Noll’s 274 in 2011.

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