Thompson, who lives on St. Simons Island, won the REX Hospital Open on his 23rd birthday, effectively sealing his promotion. He had four top 10 finishes in 18 starts. Thompson benefited from being the 2021 PGA Tour University’s second tallest player, earning him status on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Six Georgians advance to match play at the 122nd US amateur
Six Georgians — three of them Georgia Tech golfers — were among 64 who advanced to the match-play portion of the 122nd US Amateur Tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ
Tech’s Christo Lamprecht, a native of South Africa, finished sixth in the stroke play portion with rounds of 68-72. Teammates Bartley Forrester of Gainesville and Ross Steelman of Missouri finished 4 for 145 in 39th place and advanced. Steelman reached the quarterfinals in 2021.
It’s the sixth straight year that at least one Yellow Jacket has advanced to the match play.
Ben Carr of Columbus, a Georgia Southern product, placed 30th with 3 to 144.
Johns Creek’s Nicolas Cassidy, who plays at the University of Georgia, and Roswell’s JonErik Alford, who plays at Ohio State, survived a 15-on-11 playoff situation Wednesday morning to reach matchplay.
The six rounds of match play will conclude with a 36-hole championship Sunday. The final will be streamed live on Golf Channel from 2-5pm
Bobby Jones GC gets new putting green
Atlanta’s popular Bobby Jones Golf Course is building a new practice putting green that is expected to open in October. The green was designed by Bobby Cupp, son of the late Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Architect Bob Cupp, who designed the reversible 9-hole Bobby Jones layout.
The new putting green will be 6,500 square feet and will be located between the practice range and the clubhouse. It is sprinkled with the same TifEagle Bermuda grass found on the rest of the property.
The course also added a nursery green to the property, which the agronomy team will use for sampling and repairing the greens on the course.
Laura Coble wins seventh Georgia Senior Women’s title
Georgia Golf Hall of Famer Laura Coble of Augusta won the Georgia Senior Women’s Championship for the seventh time and Maria Johnson of Brunswick won the Georgia Super Senior title on the Cherokee Town and Country Club North Course.
Coble shot rounds of 72-80 to shoot an 8-over-152 and earn a four-shot win over St. Simons Island’s Danielle Davis and Atlanta’s Lisa Short. Debbie Blount of Atlanta finished fourth with 15 to 159.
Johnson shot 79-77, finishing 12-over-156 and winning by one shot over Columbus’ Angie Lee and two over three-time champion Bobbie Suttler of Marietta.
Danny Nelson medalist in the Senior Am Qualifiers
Danny Nelson from Savannah won the US Senior Amateur Qualifier at Druid Hills Golf Club. Nelson shot 5-under 67 and took one of four qualifiers. Atlanteans Tom Lape, David Brown and Robert Sheats were in 68th place and earned the other spots. The 67th US Senior Amateur takes place from August 27th to September 9th. 1 at the Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass.
Former Bulldog Keith Mitchell has been added to the Players’ Council
Keith Mitchell, an all-conference player with Georgia, has been named to the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council. Mitchell, 30, is in his fifth season on the PGA Tour and will remain in office for the remainder of 2022. The PAC consults and advises the Tour Policy Board and Commissioner Jay Monahan on tour-related matters.
Also selected were Max Homa, Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Streelman. They replace LIV defectors Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell.
Atlanta resident Bobby Jones Links has been selected to manage the Indian River Preserve Golf Club in Mims, Florida. The 18-hole course near Kennedy Space Center was co-designed by Perry Dye and LPGA legend Jan Stephenson. … the WindStone Golf Club in Ringgold will host the regional league for the PGA Junior League.