99th Georgia Amateur Championship
Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands),
July 10-12, 2020
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS WINS 99TH GEORGIA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - A playoff was needed to determine the 99th Georgia Amateur Championship, and it was Luke Schniederjans of Alpharetta who came out victorious. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) hosted the 54-hole championship on July 10-12.
Schniederjans entered the day three strokes back of the leaders, Deven Patel of Johns Creek and Brett Barron of Suwanee, but Schniederjans played steady golf throughout Sunday.
Following an even-par front nine, Schniederjans would sit just one stroke behind Patel. Schniederjans would go on to birdie the par-3 12th hole on the Highlands Course to move into a tie for the lead.
He would grab the lead shortly after and made six-straight pars following his birdie on the 12th hole to close out his round at even-par 71 and put a stamp on an even-par 213 total (72-70-71) for the championship. But, there was still a little drama remaining.
Barron, playing one group behind Schniederjans, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to force a playoff. The 2018 Georgia Amateur champion took care of business and drained his birdie attempt to send the duo back to the 18th for the playoff.
Schniederjans found the fairway off the tee, while Barron was in a bunker and forced to layup. Schniederjans took advantage of the opportunity and hit the par-5 in two strokes leaving himself a long eagle attempt. His eagle came up just short, but Barron was unable to sink his birdie attempt allowing Schniederjans to finish off his birdie and claim victory.
Schniederjans is the 10th Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket to win the Georgia Amateur Championship, which is a list that includes the great Bobby Jones.
Barron (70-69-74), Maxwell Ford of Peachtree Corners (72-71-72), Austin Mancilla of Sugar Hill (69-75-72) and Nicolas Cassidy of Alpharetta (72-71-74) rounded out the top five. The top 25 players earn an exemption into the 100th Georgia Amateur Championship in 2020 at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta.
Format and Schedule
The Georgia Amateur Championship returns to Atlanta Athletic Club for the second time after hosting in 1995. The format is 54 holes of individual stroke play with the field cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes.
Entries are open to male amateur golfers who belong to a GSGA Member Club and are residents of Georgia.
The Georgia Amateur Championship began in 1916 and has been contested at 29 different GSGA Member Clubs in 20 cities. This year is the 99th 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 Jonathan Keppler took home the trophy in 2019 at Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek.
Host Club: Atlanta Athletic Club
Atlanta Athletic Club has played host to several championships in its history on both the professional and amateur levels, including a U.S. Open (1976), three PGA Championships (1981, 2001, 2011), U.S. Women's Open (1990), U.S. Amateur (2014) and Arnold Palmer Cup (2017). Atlanta Athletic Club has also hosted five GSGA-sanctioned competitions, including its second Georgia Amateur Championship this year (1995).
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June 15 - BridgeMill Athletic Club, Canton
June 15 - Reunion Country Club, Hoschton
June 22 - Bartram Trail Golf Club, Evans
June 22 - The Club at Savannah Quarters, Pooler
June 29 - Brickyard Golf Club, Macon
June 30 - Stonebridge Golf Club, Rome
June 30 - Echelon Golf Club, Alpharetta
June 30 - Green Island Country Club, Columbus
July 2 - Planterra Ridge Golf Club, Peachtree City
July 6 - Glen Arven Country Club, Thomasville
July 6 - Cherokee Run Golf Club, Conyers
July 6 - Cobblestone Golf Course, Acworth