The 83rd Annual Georgia State Amateur Championship was held this weekend in Athens, Ga. As you might expect, with the event being played at the Athens Country Club, UGA players had a very impressive showing.
David Denham (Tifton) won the event with rounds of 69-67-73-71 (even par). He edged out his Georgia teammate Taylor Crosby and former Bulldogs Jack Hall (Macon) and Griff Moody (Cumming) by one shot to claim the victory.
It was not a great week for the Columbia County participants.
Zac Tilton was the best finisher among the Columbia County trio. The rising junior at Kennesaw State University could never really get hot and posted a tie for 25th with rounds of 71-74-73-75 (293, 13 over).
The former Evans standout seems to be getting better and better. He should be in line for a big junior season for the Owls.
Two other county products finished in a tie for 32nd.
Former Lakeside star Jay Mundy had to battle back after a nightmarish first-round 80. He rallied on day two with a 3-under 67. That score was the second-best for the week of the entire field.
However, over the weekend, Mundy did not have his "A" game as he carded back-to-back 74s. That "A" game I mentioned led Mundy to a stellar career at Auburn, where he was an All-SEC performer. He also led Lakeside to the 1999 State AAAA Golf Title. At that event, Mundy also captured the individual crown edging teammate Brendon O'Connell by one stroke.
And last but not least is Chris Kuhlke, who rallied with a final round of even-par 70 to finish tied for 32nd with Mundy. Kuhlke is a former Evans standout who played his college golf at Augusta State. The 32-year-old Kuhlke posted scores of 77-74-74-70 for a 15-over 295.
Augustan Jefferson Knox also posted an impressive week with a 6th place finish. He carded rounds of 73-71-68-74 (6-over, 286).
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