2018 Public Links Championship
Event DateSep 08, 2018
LocationCherokee Run Golf Club
Entries OpenJun 06, 2018
Entries CloseAug 22, 2018
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After starting the day four strokes off the lead, Edward Hollis of Loganville came from behind to capture his first GSGA title in a playoff over Billy Mitchell. The 30th edition of the Georgia Public Links Championship was played at Cherokee Run Golf Club in Conyers, September 7-8.
Hollis posted a 2-over-par 74 during round one but got off to a strong start during the final round and finished at 1-over-par overall. Billy Mitchell of Roswell is a two-time past champion of this event and looked poised to capture his third title. Mitchell made a bogey on No. 17 and par on No. 18 which dropped him into a tie with Hollis at 1-over-par.
The playoff was on the Par-5 18th hole and both players reached the green in three shots. Mitchell's putt slipped just past the hole which left the opening for Hollis who made his putt to capture the victory at his home club.
There were two hole-in-ones during the final round both came on the Par-3 15th hole. Stephen Johnson of Decatur and Mark Poelker of Atlanta made the aces.
This weekend marked the 30th playing of the Championship and Ladell Norton is the only player to have competed in all of them.
Winners by flight:
Flight 1 - Michael Harker, (77,77) 154
Flight 2 - Terry Dunn, (78, 80) 158
Flight 3 - Michael Stein, (82, 81) 163
Open to male amateur golfers who are members of a GSGA Member Club that is open to public play; entrants must not have held privileges since January 1, of the current year at any club that does not permit public play
72 players with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes and 72 drawn by lottery; three exemptions are given to the host club
36 holes of flighted stroke play