2018 Amateur Championship
Event DateJul 12, 2018
LocationAthens Country Club
Entries OpenMar 14, 2018
Entries CloseMay 02, 2018
ATHENS - Luke Dasher of Macon leads the field at the Georgia Amateur Championship after posting a 5-under-par 65 on Thursday. The 97th edition of this state championship is being played at Athens Country Club, July 12-15.
Dasher recorded seven birdies and two bogeys on the day en route to the 65 to take a one-stroke advantage in to Friday. Behind Dasher is Brady Keran of Cumming, who finished at 4-under-par 66. Three players each posted 3-under-par 67 scores in round one, including Ryan Stachler of Alpharetta, Preston Topper of Duluth and Taylor Smith of Covington. Smith won the 2018 Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship earlier this year at Piedmont Driving Club.
Dasher is fresh off winning the Georgia Junior Championship a month ago at Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek. This is his first competition since that victory.
Justin Connelly of McDonough, the defending champion after earning his state championship a year ago at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, finished round one at 6-over-par 76. In addition to Connelly, there are five other past champions competing this week. David Denham of Athens, winner of the Georgia Amateur the last time it was held at Athens Country Club in 2004, is in at even-par 70. Two-time state champion (2011, 2003) David Noll, Jr., of Dalton, finished at 2-over-par 72. Two-time winner Lee Knox of St. Simons Island (2012, 2010) and 2016 Centennial Georgia Amateur Champion Colin Bowles of Albany tied at 5-over-par 75. Rick Cloninger of McDonough won this competition in 1999, and in round one this year posted a 6-over-par 76.
Round two of the Georgia Amateur Championship will get underway Friday morning at 7:30 a.m.
Open to male amateur golfers
144 players; non-exempt players enter through one of 11 statewide qualifiers
72 holes of stroke play; field cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes
May 21 - Middle - Healy Point Golf & Country Club, Forsyth - RESULTS
May 24 - Atlanta South - Whitewater Creek Golf Club, Fayetteville - RESULTS
May 29 - West - Green Island Country Club, Columbus - RESULTS
June 3 - Southeast - The Club at Savannah Harbor - RESULTS
June 4 - Northeast - Jennings Mill Country Club, Bogart - RESULTS
June 5 - Atlanta East - Summit Chase Country Club, Snellville - RESULTS
June 12 - Northwest - Stonebridge Golf Club, Rome - RESULTS
June 14 - Southwest - Sunset Country Club, Moultrie - RESULTS
June 18 - East - West Lake Country Club, Augusta - RESULTS
June 18 - Atlanta North - Brookstone Golf & Country Club, Acworth - RESULTS
June 25 - Last Chance - Eagle's Landing Country Club - RESULTS