The CSRA boasted a large group of golfers in the field for this year’s Georgia State Amateur Championship. The local contingent included more than a half-dozen players from Columbia County. Five players who hail from Columbia County made the cut on the difficult course at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw. Par was at a premium all week long at Pinetree, a course that produced the event’s first over-par finish in 20 years. The winner was Columbus native and Kennesaw State University golfer Jimmy Beck. He shot a final round 2-under 69 to finish 1 over par for the event and win by 2 shots.
Leading the way for the Columbia County players was former Greenbrier standout Cody Shafer. Shafer, who now plays at Georgia Regents University, opened with a solid 72; Shafer also produced the low round of the entire tournament with a 5-under 66 in Round Three. Unfortunately for Shafer, those two rounds sandwiched a plus-nine 80 in Round Two. A final round of 76 gave Shafer a 10-over total for the week and a tie for 16th finish.
Chris Waters, also of Greenbrier, also had a fine show. Waters, who was a participant in last year’s U.S. Amateur, carded rounds of 74-70-74-76 and finished tied with Shafer at 10-over and in 16th place. Waters has also won two regions cup events. He is a graduate of UGA’s Terry Business School and now resides in Atlanta.
A pair of Columbia County players who now play at Kennesaw State also had respectable showings. Austin Vick and Kelby Burton watched as their college teammate, Beck, won the tournament, but each had their bright spots during the event. Vick, a former standout at Greenbrier, was consistent all week. He carded rounds of 73-74-72-76 to finish tied for 21st at 11-over. Burton, who shot a 5-under 67 during his senior year at Lakeside to win the Class AAAA team and individual titles, got off to a tremendous start with rounds of 71-70 to sit at 1-under and in second place heading into Round Three. He struggled over the weekend, posting scores of 78-79 to finish at 14-over and in a tie for 33rd.
Another former Lakeside standout, Brian Carter, was in the field at Pinetree. During his prep career, Carter led the Panthers to back-to-back state titles in 2006-07. In 2007, Carter was also low medalist during the state championships. In Kennesaw, Carter struggled out of the gates with an opening round 78. Carter, who now plays at UGA, bounced back with a pair of even par 71’s, but faltered on Sunday with an 80 to finish tied for 40th at 17-over.
Evans High was also represented, as Jacob Tilton posted rounds of 76-75-77-78 to finish 22-over and in a tie for 60th. Tilton just completed college at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Roundtree impresses at Dawg Night
Lakeside’s Rashad Roundtree had quite a weekend. The rising junior defensive back for the Panthers was invited to the University of Georgia’s Dawg Night, which is an annual workout/gathering where Bulldog coaches can see and evaluate this state’s best football players. The fact that a rising junior is even invited says a lot, but Roundtree did not stop there. He was impressive enough during the workouts that he was pulled aside by UGA Head coach Mark Richt and Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham, who let it be known that the Bulldogs are seriously considering offering Roundtree a full ride with the Dogs.
So, not only did Jarrett Troxler get to take some kids up to Athens for this great event, but the Panther that UGA covets the most still has two years left to play for coach Troxler at Lakeside.
Lakeside has had an incredible summer as a team as well. I will be doing a summer breakdown of the Panthers, including more on Roundtree’s experience in Athens, in an upcoming column.