Former Lakeside golfer Kelby Burton was at it again last week in Macon at the 2014 Georgia State Amateur Championship.
By at it again, I mean playing his best in a big event. Burton, the son of former Augusta Lynx head coach Jim Burton, began to earn his reputation as a great clutch performer as a senior at Lakeside High School in 2010. He led the Panthers to the AAAA state title by firing a -5 under 67 to take home Low Medalist honors.
After ending his prep career with an individual and team state title, he signed to play at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Ga. Burton, now a rising senior for the Owls, stepped up for his tram in a major way back in May.
His college coach, Jay Moseley, felt like he was due for a low round, so he moved Burton from his usual slot as the team’s No. 4 player into the No. 1 spot.
And, this was not at just any tournament. This was at the 2014 NCAA Regionals. Burton responded with a career low 67, on a day in which none of his teammates could break 74, and put him into the second round lead with two-time National Champion Cory Whitsett of Alabama.
His round also single-handedly kept KSU alive for a spot in the NCAA Championships. The Owls would go on to finished 26th in the NCAA Finals.
For the season, Burton posted a 74.4 scoring average, six Top 20 finishes, and two Top 10 finishes.
Well, Burton’s latest “moment” came this weekend at Idle Hour Golf Club. In round two of the Georgia State Amateur, Burton seized the lead in the tournament with a -4 under 66.
He would go on to finish tied for second at -1 under (70-66-71-72). He was one of only four golfers to finish in red numbers on the difficult layout. Robert Mize of Columbus finished -5 under (69-72-67-67) to win the event by four shots. He is the son of former Augusta Prep star and 1987 Masters Champion Larry Mize. Robert plays his college golf at Columbus State University.
One of Burton’s teammates at Kennesaw State is former Greenbrier standout Austin Vick. Vick was third on the Owls’ squad this year with a 73.5 scoring average. He finished the year with four Top 20’s and three Top 10’s. Vick’s low round of the year was a 68 and his best finish was a second place tie at the Atlantic Sun conference Championships. Both players will be counted on heavily next season if the Owls expect to make a return trip to the NCAA Championships.
Congrats to Sasser and Sandlin
Greenbrier will have an outstanding one-two punch next year on the diamond, in pitcher/second baseman Nick Sandlin and first baseman/pitcher Adam Sasser.
Well, both players will not have to spend the year worried about getting college coach’s attention, because each recently committed to major college programs. Sasser made his commitment to the University of Georgia official (this time he really did) and Sandlin will be heading to Hattiesburg, Miss. to play at Southern Miss. Luckily for Wolfpack Head Coach Jason Osborn, the duo still has a season to go at Greenbrier, and that makes the Pack a team to watch in 2015.