The Golf Scene

By: David Westin on August 8, 2012 - 12:15am - Add new comment

Augusta's Tripp Kuhlke has been putting it off for more than two years, since he turned 50. Because he knew he could still contend in the regular division, he didn't want to leave it and join the 50-over senior division in the Regions Bank Amateur Series.

In fact, he won the regular division of the Orville White Cup in 2110 as a 50-year-old, then finished second the following year.

He finally switched sides last week, at the Orville White Cup, which is usually the only Regions tournament he plays each season. He shot 72-68 to win by three shots.

By: David Westin on July 26, 2012 - 6:21pm - Add new comment

North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith helped the east rally for a 25-25 tie with the west as the Wyndham Cup concluded Thursday at Bay Hill Lodge and Club in Orlando, Fla.

The east trailed by a point entering the final day, which featured singles.

NeSmith beat Thomas Lim, of Moorpark, Calif., 4 and 2 in his match.
NeSmith finished the week with a 2-2 record.

Augusta’s Greyson Sigg lost his singles match to Scott Scheffler, of Dallas, 3 and 2. he finish the week with a 1-3 record.

By: David Westin on July 22, 2012 - 8:27pm - Add new comment

North Augusta's Glen Hurt is among those golfers who are glad the Augusta City Amateur is a 54-hole tournament, even if it does fall in the heat of the summer. The other eight Regions Banks Amateur Series tournaments are 36 holes.

Hurt won the senior division of the city am Sunday because he had an extra round to make up for what he described as a "horrible finish" in the second round.

By: David Westin on July 22, 2012 - 12:05am - Add new comment

David Robinson, the Sandersville, Ga., golf pro, has found a way to keep busy during his off-weeks from the eGolf Tour, which plays an abbreviated schedule.

Robinson, who is a brother-in-law to the PGA Tour's Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, has been caddying for Gainey when Robinson is not playing, according to a eGolf Tour release.

By: David Westin on July 15, 2012 - 11:56pm - Add new comment

Without defending champion Lee Knox in the field, this week's Augusta City Amateur is wide open.

Knox, who won the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday for the second time in the past three years, is playing this week in the Southern Amateur in Little Rock, Ark. That tournament starts Wednesday.

The 54-hole city amateur begins Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

By: David Westin on July 14, 2012 - 12:30am - Add new comment

If North Augusta's Matt NeSmith catches fire this weekend and rallies to win The Players Amateur in Bluffton, S.C., the teenager would earn his second PGA Tour start.

NeSmith, 18, will make his PGA Tour debut Aug. 16 in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. He got in that one by virtue of winning the American Junior Golf Association's FJ Championship earlier this summer.

By: David Westin on July 13, 2012 - 12:35am - Add new comment

If you've been reading The Augusta Chronicle sports section since the early 1990s, then you might remember the name Robert Naddra. He was one of our bright, young sports reporters back in those days.

Robert shockingly died Wednesday from what is believed to be a heart attack. He was only 51. He had a wife and a young family.

At the time of his death, Robert was the news editor of the Champion Newspaper, which covers DeKalb County in Decatur, Ga. A sports story he wrote appeared in that publication the day before he died.

By: David Westin on June 30, 2012 - 12:11am - Add new comment

North Augusta golfer Matt NeSmith, who is featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section in the current issue, isn't the first area golfer to so honored.

NeSmith, who is headed to the South Carolina golf team this fall, joins Charles Howell and John Engler on the "Faces" list.

Howell was featured on Dec. 2, 1996 when he was a senior at Westminster. Engler, a former Richmond Academy golfer, was singled out in early 1999 when he was playing golf for Clemson.

By: David Westin on June 29, 2012 - 12:34am - Add new comment

Jeff Pope has dominated play in the Regions Bank Amateur Series to the tune of two wins and two runner-up finishes in four starts.

Some might say the fields have been weak, with stars Doug Weiss and Jay Blackburn sitting out most of the year so far. The fields haven't really been weak, just thin. Still, most of Pope's winning scores would have won even with more players in the fields, Weiss and Blackburn included.

By: David Westin on June 25, 2012 - 8:07pm - Add new comment

No one knew if Owen Chivers could win a senior division golf title in the Regions Bank Amateur Series, including Chivers.

"A win? I didn't really see that coming because there are so many good players," the Evans resident said after winning the Goshen Golf Classic last Sunday. "I was a little nervous coming down the stretch because I don't play in a lot of these tournaments."

Chivers, 58, held on. The Scotsman shot 69 to clip Jim Brisson by a shot, finishing two days at 1-under 143.

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