Originally created 02/22/98

Georgia Am coming to West Lake in 2000



The Georgia State Golf Association's Amateur Championship returns to the Augusta area in 2000.

The 79th edition of the event will be played at West Lake Country Club in Martinez for a second time. The Ellis Maples-designed course was the site of the 1980 tournament. It was won by former University of Georgia golfer Griff Moody.

It will mark the eighth time an Augusta area course has played host to the event. The "Am" has been played at the Augusta Country Club six times, the latest coming in 1991. Neal Hendee, another University of Georgia golfer, won it that year in a sudden-death playoff over then-Augustan Henry Claussen.

The dates for the 2000 event are July 13-16.

In 1999, West Lake will play host to its first state women's tournament. The Georgia Women's State Amateur Championship, conducted by the Georgia Women's Golf Association, will hold its tournament in the early fall of that year.

"Both of the tournaments decided to come here because of the manner in which we run tournaments and because of the caliber of the golf course," said Mark Darnell, West Lake's head pro. "The GSGA State Amateur is a prestigious tournament. It speaks well for the club as far as the facilities and management staff."

The GSGA wanted West Lake to host the Amateur Championship in 1990, but the club had already made plans to rebuild its greens that year. West Lake did host the GSGA State Mid-Amateur in 1992. Other major tournaments West Lake has hosted are the West Lake National Junior (1970-89), the SEC men's Championship (1980-84) and the GSGA 4-Ball (1982, 1984).

PATCH CONTEST: The Augusta Golf Course is looking to create a new image. To that end, the course is offering a free quarterly membership to the best logo design submitted by the public. The second- through fifth-place finishers will receive a free round of golf for a foursome. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m., March 29.

"It doesn't have to be professionally done or detailed," said head pro Guy Reid of the logo. "We're looking for a logo to go along with the facelift this place is going to receive in 1998."

Reid said the winning logo will appear on the club's scorecard, golf balls, hats and clothing and stationary.

The logo can reflect either the name the Augusta Golf Course, its nickname "the Patch" or both, Reid said.

Entries can be either dropped off, mailed or faxed to the course. The mailing address is: The Augusta Golf Course, 2023 Highland Avenue, 30904. The fax number is (706) 796-5079. For further information, call the course at 796-5058.

RIVER CLUB: The wet winter continues to play havoc with the River Club at North Augusta's opening date. As it stands at present, all head pro and general manager Chris Verdery can say is that the course will be open before the Masters Tournament (April 9).

"The weather has affected the completion of our access road," said Verdery, noting that the course is ready for play. "Unfortunately, there is no way to get the people to the golf course. The timing of the rain has been bad. It seems to rain on Mondays and Tuesdays. By the time the course dries out, it's the weekend and they don't work. It's been one thing on top of another."

Verdery already has hired his two assistant pros. They are Keith Bach, a holder of the PGA of America Class A card, and Keith Penke. Bach, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had served as the director of the Future Collegians World Tour for the past year. Penke is a 1997 graduate of the Professional Golf Management program at Mississippi State. He has previously worked as an assistant at the TPC at Southwind in Memphis and the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.).

Holes in one

WOODSIDE: Bob Troup aced the fourth hole on the Cupp Course. The witnesses were Alex Gordon, Mike Crook and Gerald Gordon.

Bill Johnson aced the eighth hole on the Jones Course. The witnesses were Tom Lex, Dick Meier and Rob Bromley.

Charles Whitehurst aced the eighth hole on the Cupp Course. The witnesses were Ed Wilcox and Rich Eisenberg.

Cedar Creek member Mary Louise Rucker aced the 12th hole at the Orange Park Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE: Darrell Williams aced the 169-yard seventh hole with a 4-iron shot. The witnesses were Joey Vincent and Lester Pollar.

Bobby Truitt aced the 10th hole with a 9-iron shot. The witnesses were Robert West, Jerry Ellison and George White.

Mike Mulherin aced the 14th hole. The witnesses were Warren Watkins, David Mulherin and Keith Morgan.

Jerry Davis aced the 10th hole with a 5-iron shot. The witnesses were Bill Bircker, Roy Hubly and Jack Walsh.

CEDAR CREEK: Kevin Creamer aced the 165-yard 16th hole with a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Rocky Oswald and Clay Frazier. It was the sixth ace for Creamer and second at Cedar Creek. His others have come at Midland Valley Country Club (two of them), Kiawah Island and Jim and Lillies.

Dawn Sundvall aced the 136-yard eighth hole with a 5-iron shot. The witnesses were Jan White, Ruth Griffin, Doreen Claflin and Barbara Fischer.

JONES CREEK: In a span of less than three months, Steve Hatch had two aces at this course. First, Hatch aced the 132-yard 15th hole on Nov. 20 with an 8-iron shot. His witnesses were Jeff Travis, Joe Price and Al Hutko. Then, on Feb. 7, Hatch aced the 160-yard second hole with a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Travis, Rob Canum and Corkie Birdsall.

GOSHEN: Don Harris aced the 185-yard seventh hole with a 5-wood shot. The witness was Kevin Harvey. The ace occurred on Harris' birthday, Jan. 30.

Mark Johnson aced the 170-yard 17th hole with a 4-iron shot. The witnesses were Vance Logan, John Brooks and North Williamson.

POINTE SOUTH: Randy Shepherd aced the 151-yard 14th hole with an 8-iron shot. The witnesses were Sonny Kellum and Matt Stark.

HOUNDSLAKE: Ted Tinder aced the 138-yard eighth hole on the Azalea side with a 5-wood shot. The witnesses was Niles Borop and Don Carlberg.

NORTH AUGUSTA: Chad Blackston aced the 140-yard second hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Robert Thompson, Casey Thompson and Greg Benjamin.

AUGUSTA CC: John Fleming aced the 135-yard fourth hole. The witnesses were Larry McCrary, Forrest Hensley and David Thomas.

Eagles on par-4s

AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE: Sam Tweed, age 81, eagled the 13th hole. He holed out a 4-iron shot. Verne Hodo was among the witnesses.

Tony Kearns eagled the eighth hole. He holed out a 90-yard sand wedge shot. The witnesses were Ed Brown, Charlie Wilson and Henry Wylds.

David Gibson eagled the second hole. He hit a 9-iron shot from 135 yards into the hole. The witnesses were Brother Richard Mischel, Art Messick and Jerry Davis.

FOREST HILLS: George Sibel eagled the second hole. He hit a driver off the tee, then holed out a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Rudy Hayes, Bob Hightower and Adair Blackwood.

Daniel Sprague eagled the fifth hole. He hit a driver off the tee, then holed out a pitching wedge shot. The witness was Tom Crow.