“The course should be in much better shape by that time in the season,” said Griffin City Golf Course head pro Charlie King, citing the reason for the change in dates.
The other tournaments coming locally include Atlanta Junior Golf Association events June 19 at the Griffin Country Club and June 26 at the Griffin City Golf Course.
A fourth tournament of note, which has moved around from an early July date last year and a May date the year before, to Oct. 6-7 this year, is the Griffin Classic. It’s a Georgia PGA Section event where some of the best golfers in the state can often be found competing.
New Griffin Country Club head pro and general manager Mark Avery will be heading things up this season.
COMING UP: Rising Spalding High sophomore Henry Mabbett will compete in the Georgia Junior Championship on Monday through Wednesday at the Augusta Country Club.
Former Griffin Classic winner Tommy Brannen is the head pro there. Mabbett fired a 71 to finish state runner-up as a freshman in the GHSA Class AAA state championship last month at Hawks’ Ridge.
Next week’s tournament is a 54-hole, stroke-play event with the field of 144 being cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes. Boys between the ages of 14 and 17 who are Georgia residents and members of the Georgia State Golf Association are eligible to compete.
adults EARLIER THIS WEEK: Griffin City Golf Course head pro Charlie King fired a 73-74—147 to place in a 15-way for 32nd at the Yamaha Atlanta Open in Newnan.
“I got it to two-under both rounds but couldn’t get it in either day,” said King, who finished three-over-par in the two-day event that started Monday and ended Tuesday at the Newnan Country Club.
University of Georgia pro Matthew Peterson won the event with a 68-69—137. Past Griffin Classic winners in the PGA Section event included Sonny Skinner (69-69—139) in second, Tim Weinhart (72-67—139) in third, Craig Stevens (72-70—142) tied for seventh, Tommy Brannen (72-71—143) tied for 10th, Clark Spratlin (71-75—146) tied for 23rd and Stephen Keppler (75-72—147) tied for 32nd.
On a side note, former Griffin Country Club pro Brian Dixon, who is working at Fox Creek in Smyrna, fired a 71-72—143 to place tied for 10th.
JUNIORS EARLIER THIS WEEK: Tye Waller of Griffin shot a 76 to place first by 12 strokes over his nearest competitor in the 12-and-under Division of an AJGA event Monday at Flat Creek Club in Peachtree City.
Fellow Griffinite, Parker Plageman, shot an 89 to finish tied for third in the same event.
A day later, Emma Johnston of Griffin shot a low-medalist 50 to win the Nine-Hole Club Girls 7-18 Division by 19 strokes in an AJGA event at the College Park Municipal Golf Course.
On Wednesday, Lauren Van of Griffin carded a 45 to finish tied for second, five shots off the lead, in the Nine-Hole Club Girls 7-18 Division during an AJGA event at the First Tee at John A. White Park in Atlanta.
JUNIORS WOW ‘EM LAST WEEK: Griffin’s Byron Kenney and Carson Willis qualified last week to compete in the annual Atlanta-Kauai Team Challenge in November at the Canongate-on-White Oak in Newnan.
Kenney, a sophomore at Spalding High this past season, did it by firing a low-medalist 75-76—151, June 4-5 in the Club Boys 15-18 Division on the Stone Mountain Golf Club’s Stonemont Course. Willis, who qualified to played on the Atlanta Squad last year, repeated the feat by shooting 78-80—159 to place third June 4-5 in the Club Boys 13-14 Division at the same venue.
In all, 13 boys and three girls, representing four main divisions, will comprise the Atlanta Squad. In November, the AJGA will be attempting to re-capture the cup from the Kauai Junior Golf Association.