White was 3-over the first six holes before rebounding with a string of birdies to climb back into it. The tournament, which originally went by the name Newnan Country Club Invitational, dates back to the 1920s. White and Mabbett are both headed off to college to play golf as freshman this fall, White at Georgia State in Atlanta and Mabbett at Georgia Southern in Statesboro.
Best of luck to both. The fellas at the Griffin City Golf Course are still abuzz about the play the duo displayed at this year’s City Championship. A special thanks goes out to head pro Charlie King and his staff as well as Tony Shockley and the rest of the maintenance crew, tournament sponsor John Shapard and all the volunteers as well as all the players who helped make this City Championship something very special.
ON THE LINE, UNDER THE GUN: If you’re watching the Corky Kell Kickoff Classic this Saturday on GPB-TV, be on the lookout for Griffin native and long-time official James Dutton. He’ll be the line judge in the Brookwood vs. Lassiter game at 2:30 p.m.
Dutton — who also officiates baseball, softball and basketball — has worked thousands of game including the state finals in football. It’s nothing to look up and see him working area games throughout the season whether it’s on the gridiron, hardwood or diamond.
For those who can’t wait until next week’s season opener between Griffin and Spalding to get their fix of high school football, other games in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome include: Grayson vs. Kell at 11:45 a.m., North Gwinnett vs. Lassiter at 5:30 p.m., and Peachtree Ridge vs. Walton at 8:30 p.m.
BOX AND ONE: Griffin Christian High head boys varsity basketball coach Mic Savage and his wife, Shannon, had a new arrival in the family early Wednesday morning in Fayetteville.
Shannon Savage gave birth to Zachary Seth Savage, an 8-pound, 8-ounce baby boy who is 20 inches tall. “Zac,” who it is said looks like his dad, made his grand entrance into the world at 3:47 a.m.
Mother and baby are said to be doing fine. Congratulations to the entire family, which now numbers five.
Former Griffin High baseball standout Tim Beckham, who was taken No. 1 overall in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, was just called up to Class AAA last week where he’s playing with the Durham Bulls.
Beckham wasted little time getting noticed as he hit a triple in his fourth game and cranked out a grand slam in his fifth game with the team. Through seven games he was batting .333 with 6 RBIs. Beckham was called up to the organization’s Class AA affiliate in Montgomery to start the season. He batted .275 with 7 homers and 57 RBIs in 107 games for the Biscuits.
MAKING IN-ROADS, FAST TRACKS: Former Spalding High soccer player and cross country runner Ty Magner, these days a professional cyclist, is quickly making a name for himself. Magner, the son of former Griffin Daily News managing editor and current Spalding High teacher Steve Magner and Futral Road elementary teacher Rose Magner, will race Sunday in London at the Olympic Road Race Test.
Magner has been in Europe since mid July racing in Belgium.
After this weekend, Magner makes a stop in Michigan before heading out to Italy where he will race with Team Type 1.
GETTING ON IT: Spalding High rifle team coach Rod Sylvester’s son, Steven, starts at linebacker for Georgia Tech. Last weekend Steven Sylvester recovered a fumble during the Yellow Jacket’s preseason scrimmage.
The Georgia Tech senior will graduate in December with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. In addition to being the SHS rifle team coach, the older Sylvester is a senior Army Instructor at SHS.
(Sullivan is the sports editor at the Griffin Daily News).