2018 Mid-Amateur Championship
Event DateMay 18, 2018
LocationPiedmont Driving Club
Entries OpenJan 15, 2018
Entries CloseMar 14, 2018
Taylor Smith Wins Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship
ATLANTA, Ga. --- In a dramatic come-from-behind finish, it was Taylor Smith of Covington who was there holding the Dick Franklin Trophy to win the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship. The 37th edition took place at Piedmont Driving Club, May 18-20.
Stan Gann, Jr., (68-71-76) and Tyler Gruca (74-71-70) share runner-up honors as both players finished at 1-under-par 215. It was Gann who held the lead after the first two rounds of play. Not making more than two bogeys over the first 36 holes, Gann struggled on the front nine on Sunday as he turned at 5-over on the day. He made recorded birdies on 12, 13, 18 and bogeys on 16 and 17 to finish 1-under for the Championship. Smith posted five birdies on two bogeys in the final round to take over the lead and win the title. With a steady bogey-free, two-birdie outing of his own, Gruca kept it interesting as he crept up the leaderboard after starting the day six strokes back.
Three players tied for fourth at even-par 216, including West Streib (74-75-67), Nathaniel Rau (72-75-69) and Nick Cassini (71-74-71). Two-time Georgia Mid-Amateur winner (2001, 2002), Rick Cloninger, finished seventh at 1-over-par 217 (73-73-71). A trio tied for eighth to round out the overall top 10 at 2-over-par 218, including Rob McRae (74-75-69), Rusty Mosley (75-71-72) and Billy Mitchell (73-75-70).
There were three past champions to make the cut, including Cloninger, Greg Kennedy and Jack Hall. Cloninger, who won back-to-back in 2001 and 2002, finished seventh at 1-over-par 217 (73-73-71). Kennedy earned his Georgia Mid-Am title in 2000 and finished this year tied for 18th at 6-over-par 222 (74-74-74). Hall, the winner in 2015, finished tied for 46th at 11-over-par 227 (79-72-76).
With the victory, Smith is now exempt into the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship for 10 years and also the Georgia Amateur Championship for five years.
Entries were open to male amateur golfers age 25 or older as of the first day of competition. The field of 144 players competed over 54 holes of stroke play and 71 players at 9-over-par 153 and better made the cut after 36 holes.
April 8 - Southeast - The Landings Club (Palmetto), Savannah - RESULTS
April 9 - Northeast - Monroe Golf & Country Club - RESULTS
April 9 - Atlanta North - Woodmont Golf & Country Club, Canton - RESULTS
April 11 - West - Country Club of Columbus - RESULTS
April 16 - Middle - Southern Landings Golf Club, Warner Robins - RESULTS
April 17 - Atlanta South - Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club, Hampton - RESULTS
April 30 - Echelon GC, Alpharetta - RESULTS