Event Details

2018 Senior Championship

Event Date

Sep 05, 2018


Pinetree Country Club



Entries Open

Jun 06, 2018

Entries Close

Aug 22, 2018

Entry Fee



It was a back and forth battle during the final round with multiple players holding the lead at various points. Ultimately it was Chris Hall of Marietta who had just enough to edge out Doug Hanzel by one-stroke to capture the title at his home club. The 32nd edition of this event was played at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, September 5-7.

Hall entered the final round with a one-stroke lead but relinquished it early to Alan Thielemann of Woodstock. The defending champion, Bob Royak of Alpharetta, would then make a charge to the top but finished at 3-over-par. Doug Hanzel, who was recently announced as part of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame class of 2019, would find his rhythm carding four birdies on his back nine to finish at 1-under-par but fell just short to Chris Hall.

Hall made three consecutive long birdies on holes 5, 6, and 7 to finish at 2-under-par and capture his second Georgia Senior Championship title in three years. Four players finished tied for third at 2-over par. They were Wright Waddell of Columbus, Alan Thielemann of Woodstock, Mark Nickerson of Roswell, and Rick Cloninger of McDonough. 

A cut was made after round two at 21-over-par 165 with 72 players moving on. Pinetree Country Club played 6,582 yards and Par 72.

Eligibility and Format
Entries were open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years or older as of the first day of the competition. The field competed over 54 holes of stroke play with a cut after two rounds.


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