98th Georgia Amateur Championship
Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek, Roswell
July 11-14, 2019
Format and Schedule
The Georgia Amateur Championship returns Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek for the third time after hosting in 2007 and 2012. The format is 72 holes of individual stroke play with the field cut to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes.
Entries were open to male amateur golfers who belong to a GSGA Member Club and are residents of Georgia. A total of 687 players entered this year’s championship, including 38 with exempt status. Non-exempt players competed in one of 11 18-hole qualifiers, which took place across the state May 21-June 24 for the remaining 106 spots in the field.
The Georgia Amateur Championship began in 1916 and has been contested at 29 different GSGA Member Clubs in 20 cities. This year is the 98th playing of the state championship. Beginning with 14-year-old Bobby Jones, who captured that first title in 1916 (still the youngest Amateur champion), there have been 70 different winners in the history of the event. Champions Tour player and two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Allen Doyle of LaGrange lays claim to the most titles (6), won between 1978 and 1990. Macon’s Arnold Blum pocketed five titles from 1946-56. Legendary Atlanta amateur Danny Yates has three championships to his credit – 1977, 1989 and 1996. Colin Bowles of Albany won the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship in 2016, and Brett Barron of Suwanee serves as this year’s defending champion.
Host Club: Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek
Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek has hosted seven GSGA-sanctioned competitions, including its third Georgia Amateur Championship this year (2007 & 2012). The director of golf at Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek is Phil Taylor and the superintendent is Courtney Young. The golf shop phone number is (770) 640-4620.
Directions to Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek
Take I-75 North to I-575 North. Take exit 7 (Woodstock/Hwy 92). Take a right off the exit. Travel about 6 miles and take a left on Wylie Bridge Rd. You will pass W.Wylie Bridge Rd. before you reach Wylie Bridge Rd. Wylie Bridge Rd. will be at a stop light, with a church on one corner and a daycare center on the other. Go about 1.5 miles and make a right on Cox Rd. Go about 0.5 miles and turn left into the second entrance of Foxhall Subdivision (Old Course Drive.) At the 2nd stop sign, turn right onto Settindown Drive. (There is a small sign at this intersection with "Golf Course" and a "right arrow"). Follow Settindown Drive as it curves around (up and down hill) to the Golf Course/Club entrance.
Ten 18-hole qualifiers, plus a Last Chance Qualifier, for the Georgia Amateur Championship took place across the state May 21-June 24 … Medalists at eight of the 11 sites shot in the 60s … 63 was the low among the qualifiers, shot by Davis Smith of Dalton, when he medaled Woodmont Golf and Country Club on June 19 … The highest medalist score was 70 at three of the sites: Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville on May 21 (Corey Chrzanowski of Suwanee and Greg Kennedy of Peachtree Corners), Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler on June 3 (Phil Haug of Savannah) and Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge on June 24 (Zac Thornton of Bristol and Matthew Leemann of Milton) … The highest score to get in across all 11 sites was 73 at Summit Chase Country Club, Green Island Country Club in Columbus (May 22), Echelon Golf Club in Alpharetta (June 3) and Eagle’s Landing Country Club.
Five Know The Feeling
There have been 71 different champions over the 97 times the Georgia Amateur Championship has been played, and five of those winners – representing six titles – are back in this year’s field. David Noll, Jr., of Dalton (2011, 2003) has won two of those titles. Two of the previous three champions are in the field: Brett Barron of Suwanee (2018) and Colin Bowles of Albany (2016). Joining the trio is David Denham of Athens (2004) and Rick Cloninger of McDonough (1999).
The Age Range
A span of 47 years separates the oldest and youngest competitors in this week’s Amateur. William Love of Atlanta is the youngest player in the field at age 15. The elder statesman of the field is Doug Hanzel of Savannah at 62 years of age.
GSGA Champions Abound
As it should, the Georgia Amateur brings out the best of the best. Several golfers who have collected individual titles from GSGA statewide competitions since 2011, in addition to Georgia Amateur Championship titles, are in this year’s field, including:
Brett Barron, Suwanee – 2018 Georgia Amateur
Colin Bowles, Albany – 2016 Georgia Amateur
Buck Brumlow, Cartersville – 2019 Georgia Four-Ball
Rick Cloninger, McDonough – 1999 Georgia Amateur
Luke Dasher, Macon – 2018 Georgia Junior
David Denham, Athens – 2017 Georgia Mid-Amateur; 2004 Georgia Amateur
John Engler, Jr., Augusta – 2016 Georgia Mid-Amateur
Stan Gann, Jr., Warner Robins – 2017 Atlanta Amateur Match Play; 2017 Georgia Public Links; 2016 Atlanta Am. Match Play
Jack Hall, Savannah – 2018 Georgia Senior Match Play; 2015 Georgia Mid-Amateur; 2013 Georgia Senior
Matthew Hayes, Marietta – 2018 Atlanta Amateur Match Play
Brock Hoover, Woodstock – 2019 Georgia Junior
Samuel Lape, Atlanta – 2019 Georgia Four-Ball
Edward Hollis, Loganville – 2018 Georgia Public Links
David Noll, Jr., Dalton – 2019 Georgia Mid-Amateur, 2014 Georgia Mid-Amateur; 2012 Georgia Mid-Amateur; 2012 Atlanta Amateur Match Play; 2011 Georgia Amateur; 2003 Georgia Amateur
Bob Royak, Alpharetta – 2019 Georgia Senior Match Play, 2017 Georgia Senior,
Taylor Smith, Covington – 2018 Georgia Mid-Amateur
Chris Waters, Atlanta – 2016 Georgia Public Links; 2015 Atlanta Amateur Match Play; 2014 Georgia Public Links
May 21 - Summit Chase Country Club, Snellville
May 22 - Green Island Country Club, Columbus
May 23 - Bartram Trail Golf Club, Evans
May 28 - Coosa Country Club, Rome
June 3 - Echelon Golf Club, Alpharetta
June 3 - Savannah Quarters Country Club, Pooler
June 10 - Spring Hill COuntry Club, Tifton
June 11 - Planterra Ridge Golf Club, Peachtree City
June 17 - Idle Hour Club, Macon
June 19 - Woodmont Golf & Country Club, Canton