Archive for the ‘Competitions’ Category

Looking Ahead in 2013!

January 15, 2013

The Georgia State Golf Association has unveiled the 2013 Competitions Calendar, Member Play Day schedule (except finale location) and we are working to finalize the Junior Sectional Program schedule as we speak.  The list of clubs that will be hosting GSGA activities in 2013 is long and exciting!  Click here to view the calendar on our website.

The GSGA has many competitions that service all aspects of our membership from our senior golfers to our youngest players.  We have taken great pride in conducting state championships that showcase the talented golfers that call Georgia home.  Though we feel like we offer a spectacular playing experience for everyone, players can be excited to know that this year we will be elevating that experience even higher.  I can’t go into detail, but it will be an exciting year on the links at our championships.  Stay tuned….

Championships are great as we all like to turn on the television Sunday afternoon to see who is leading the golf tournament, but they certainly are not for everyone.  There are some exciting changes coming here at GSGA in 2013 with the expanded Member Play Day schedule.  We are very excited to have a great lineup in metro Atlanta and Savannah this year.  Each year we will continue to grow our reach to cities all across Georgia. 

We have changed the Women’s Team Championship to a net event, so ladies you will be getting “dots” this year.  Also, a little birdie told me (no pun intended!) that there might be an announcement soon with additional one day tournaments coming in 2013. 

What you would like to see added to the calendar?  Let me know!  We would love to hear from our members. 

Those particularly interested in the Member Play Days need to head over to the website and take a shot at winning a free entry fee.  Hurry though, the contest ends on Friday, January 18, at 11:59 p.m.  Click here for contest details!

Stacy Easley
Director, Membership, Rule & Competitions

Looking forward…

November 15, 2012

It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of another golfing season. We are concluding our championship season with the Senior Four-Ball Championship in Columbus at Green Island Country Club and Country Club of Columbus. It doesn’t feel like it’s been almost nine months since we kicked off the year with the Four-Ball Tournament, but here we are.

There are a few things in the golfing world that I’ll be watching in 2013. One is the new equipment that comes out. Club manufacturers will begin releasing their new clubs and balls for 2013 soon, and it is always interesting to see what adjustments and improvements they have made to help us hit the ball longer and straighter. I wonder if a company will design a putter to help me make all of my short putts. Anyone?

Speaking of putters, I will be waiting for what the USGA and R&A decide to do about long putters. So many professionals are using belly putters and long putters now, that soon they may just be called putters, and traditional length putters will be known as short putters. We see a fair amount of long putters used in our championships as well. I’m sure those players are anxious to see if anchoring the club to your body will be permitted in 2013.

Finally, I’m looking forward to spending another year in Georgia at many of our great member clubs and with our wonderful players, volunteers and staff. 2012 isn’t over yet, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead!

Richard Adams
Coordinator, Rules & Competitons

2012 Performances…

October 16, 2012

As we get ready to wind down the year (not there yet), I was thinking about some of the performances we have had during 2012. I am sure that I am going to leave someone out and I can promise you that it is not on purpose.

I can start with our Junior champion who is Andy Shim of Duluth. Andy won our Junior Championship at Doublegate Country Club in Albany. We had a very strong field down there and he just played better from start to finish than anyone else. Andy also won the Georgia PGA Junior Championship. To top his year off, he went to the University of Georgia Golf Course and qualified for the USGA Junior Championship. In New Hampshire (didn’t know they played golf up there), he went on to win the U.S. Junior. What a great year.

David Noll, Jr., of Dalton had another great year winning the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship at Berkeley Hills Country Club. He finished runner-up at the Georgia Amateur at Ansley Golf Club – Settindown Creek. He represented us at the USGA Men’s State Team Championship where he, Billy Mitchell, and Mark Strickland finished fifth. He then went on to win his fourth Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Rivermont Golf and Country Club. It was just another ho-hum year for David.

Brenda Pictor of Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw won the Georgia Senior Women’s Championship again. She is going to start charging us storage fees for that trophy. She also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Laura Coble of Augusta has made it to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. By the time you read this we may have another USGA Champion in our midst. Go Laura!

Maybe the best year of all has been had by Doug Hanzel of The Landings in Savannah. Doug qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, made the cut, and was low amateur. This qualified him for the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur, and U.S. Senior Amateur. Remarkably, he qualified for match play in all three of these Championships, and made it all the way to the semifinals in the U.S. Senior. As far as we can tell, no other player has made match play in all three of these Championships in the same year. Probably his best accomplishment was winning the Georgia Senior Championship at Reynolds Plantation – Great Waters. Not because he won, but because he won this 54 hole Championship by 16 strokes.

Great performances all!

Layne Williams
Senior Director, Rules & Competitions

The Ladies Are Here Too!

September 18, 2012

Atlanta is all abuzz with the TOUR Championship in town this week, but did you know there is another professional tournament taking place in Georgia right now as well? Down in the southern part of the state, the Symetra Tour’s Vidalia Championship is going on at one of our fine GSGA Member Clubs, Hawk’s Point Golf Club.  Known as the “Road to the LPGA,” the Symetra Tour showcases the latest crop of female professionals and has produced numerous LPGA Tour success stories since 1999.

Hawk’s Point is hosting the Vidalia Championship for the second year.  Sydnee Michaels captured the inaugural title in 2011 with a score of 9 under par.  This weekend’s event features a purse of $110,000 and, in looking over the field list, I see the names of several golfers who were playing in GSGA amateur competitions not too long ago — Katie Burnett of Brunswick, Susan Martin of Norcross, Ashley Medders-Barnes of Alma and Kendall Wright of Sugar Hill.  The Vidalia Championship has also invited amateur Mary Ellen Shuman of St. Simons Island to compete.  Mary Ellen is a high school senior  at Frederica Academy who has verbally committed to UGA.  Good luck to all our Georgians competing in the Championship!

The Symetra Tour’s top 10 money winners at the end of each season earn LPGA Tour membership, and Symetra Tour alums have accounted for 39 major championships in the “big league.”  Bottom line, these ladies are good! Check them out this weekend in Vidalia! For more information on the tournament, visit Hawk’s Point or Symetra Tour on the web.

Joanna Capo
Director, Communications & Marketing

Fewer Rules Issues. Knock on wood…

August 28, 2012

We are most of the way through this season, but have some terrific events to go. The Georgia Senior Championship is being contested at Reynolds Plantation – Great Waters, which is one of our best facilities in the state. I have not run a Championship there since 1999, when Rick Cloninger won the Championship over Carter Mize.

This year seems to be a fairly moderate year as far as rules situations go. I believe that players are becoming more knowledgeable with the rules, and therefore, fewer issues arise.

I did have an interesting issue at Ansley Golf Club – Settindown Creek during the Georgia Amateur Championship. This was good old Rule 18-2b, Ball Moving After Address. This concerned the change where the exception was added that says, “If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move, Rule 18-2b does not apply.” This change does not mean that after the player has addressed the ball, he is not deemed to have moved it, unless it is known or virtually certain that something else caused the ball to move. In this case, the player thought that he had done nothing to cause his ball to move, however, nothing else caused it to move either, therefore his act of addressing the ball is all we had.

The penalty had to be applied.

The question that I am being asked the most this year is what is going to happen with the long/anchored putter. I don’t know if anybody knows right now. I have no problem with the maximum length of a golf club. I personally do not like the “anchoring” because I don’t think that is a stroke. You may think differently, and that is fine. We will leave this decision up to the powers at be, and will rule on their decision.

I would like to congratulate senior player Doug Hanzel from The Landings in Savannah. Not only did he make the cut and finish low amateur in the US Senior Open, he qualified for match play, and won his first match at the US Amateur at Cherry Hills in Denver. He lost his second match to Steven Fox, the eventual champion, on the 18th hole. I was fortunate to be at Cherry Hills and Doug was the “talk of the town.” Great going!

Last thought for Rules – Stroke play, two strokes; match play, loss of hole.

Layne Williams
Senior Director, Rules & Competitions

“Women’s Amateur Qualifer Defies Odds”

August 1, 2012

ImageReally?  “Defies odds?”  Brenda Pictor, GSGA’s Tommy Barnes Award winner and champion of a bunch of GSGA events, roll model to all women golfers approaching the senior ranks, went to Illinois for a family vacation and spent a day on the links beating up on the children.  No surprise to those of us who know her!  The article is great – but I take exception with the title!!

So, go to and read this terrific article about Brenda and be proud that she is packing her bags and going to Cleveland for the US Women’s Amateur to be played next week at The Country Club.  Let the kids beware! 

And I will have a front row seat for the action – watch the blog for updates from the championship!

Martha Kirouac
Senior Director, Course Rating/Member Services

91 and 100…

July 10, 2012

This week (July 12-15) we will be playing the 91st Georgia Amateur Championship at Ansley Golf Club – Settindown Creek. We are really looking forward to great competition at one of the “world class” venues in the state.

We had over 600 competitors enter to compete this year and through the qualifying process, we will tee off the 144-player field in the first round on Thursday. After 36 holes of play, the field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties, and anyone within 10 strokes of the lead. After 36 more holes of play, a champion will be determined.

This champion’s name will be added to the Martin Trophy to join the likes of Bobby Jones, our first champion, Watts Gunn, Tommy Barnes, Arnold Blum, Charlie Harrison, Allen Doyle, Harris English, Russell Henley, and the Yates’- Charlie, Dan, and Danny, as the Amateur Champion. David Noll, Jr., of Dalton will be defending and trying to win for the third time.

We can not say enough about the support that we have received from Ansley Golf Club – Settindown Creek in order to conduct this prestigious Championship. The membership and staff have done everything and more to insure that this Championship will meet everyone’s expectations. David Sheppard, General Manager, Phil Taylor, Director of Golf, Courtney Young, Director of Agronomy, and their respective staffs have left nothing undone. The membership demands that this event meets their standards.

This is the 91st Georgia Amateur Championship and it is the 100th birthday of Ansley Golf Club. What a way to celebrate!

We look forward to the Amateur, and also wish Ansley Golf Club a happy 100th birthday!

Layne Williams
Senior Director, Rules & Competitions

Junior Sectional Kicks Off!

June 5, 2012

The first Junior Sectional events are underway with some exciting new changes for 2012. This is the first year that participants are allowed to pre-register and receive a starting time. In the past, participants would walk up and register on-site and wait to get called to the tee.

Walk-up registration is still permitted, but the cost is $20, rather than the $15 pre-registration fee. Allowing a pre-registration will hopefully provide a more user-friendly experience for participants. Everyone that pre-registers is assigned a starting time, so you can plan your morning around your assigned starting time.

The GSGA is excited about the change, but understands that there may be a few bumps along the way as the new system is implemented. Anyone wishing to play in the Junior Sectional Program can go to and visit the Junior Golf tab for more information and registration instructions. I hope to see you on the links this summer!

Stacy Easley
Director, Membership/Rules & Competitions

The 2012 Georgia Mid-Amateur…

May 22, 2012

We just finished our 31st Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship, May 18-20, at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth. Congratulations go out David Noll, Jr., of Dalton for winning his second Mid-Amateur Championship. In doing so, he became only the second player in our history to hold the Mid-Amateur title and Amateur Championship title at the same time. Allen Doyle had also done this. David won the Amateur last July at Cherokee Town and Country Club. Well played David!

We had over 400 players enter this Championship to try to vie for the title. We went through six sectional qualifying sites in order to take a field of 144 players to Berkeley Hills. After 36 holes of play the field was cut to the low 70 players and ties, and the final 71 played Sunday for the Championship.

This was the first Championship that we had conducted at Berkeley Hills, and I can’t say enough good things about Berkeley Hills to do it justice. Shawn McKinnon, Director of Golf, and his staff did everything that the players needed and more. Chris Purvis, Superintendent, and his staff had the golf course in perfect condition for this Championship, and gave the players some of the best putting surfaces that they will ever encounter. General Manager Jonathan McCormick made the players feel welcome in the clubhouse and were there for all of their needs.

Great job Berkeley Hills!

We can’t run a Championship of this caliber without our terrific volunteers. They did another fantastic job this weekend. I want you players to remember that these volunteers are giving up their time in order to “give back to the game” to make these Championships special. Most of you do not see them on site at 7:00 a.m. and leave at dark, but they are there to start, score, rove, work rules, and assist you in any way they can. When you see them at a Championship, thank them for all that they do to make your experience even better. They deserve it!

Thank you all for a great 2012 Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship!

C. Layne Williams
Senior Director, Rules & Competitions

In case you missed it!

May 15, 2012

We are four competitions in to the 2012 GSGA season, so let us recap what we’ve seen so far…

The year started out once again at the Four-Ball Tournament at Southern Hills GC in Hawkinsville and Houston Lake CC in Perry. A team from Macon, Ryan Emory and Billy Foshee, earned the three-stroke victory. Next up was the Super Senior Championship for the 65+ gents at Capital City Club-Crabapple in Woodstock. Dick Van Leuvan of Roswell, who also won the Senior Championship back in 2000, added the Super Senior title to his collection.

The Four-Ball Championship is an annual favorite and Harbor Club in Greensboro played host that weekend. Pals Travis Steed of Macon and Mark Sweeney of Monroe claimed the trophy after playing together for the first time at this event. Last week, the Senior Match Play Championship made its debut on the GSGA competitions schedule. Walter Hope of Gainesville won all four of his matches at The Standard Club in Johns Creek to be named the inaugural champion.

Next on the docket is the 31st annual Mid-Am Championship at Berkeley Hills CC in Duluth, May 18-20. Georgia’s best amateurs are set to tee it up, so if you’re looking for something to fill your weekend, head on out to Berkeley Hills for some fun in the sun!

Jason Taylor
Coordinator, Marketing/Communications


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