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Berkeley Hills' Amershadian wins Ga. Club Pro title

ADAIRSVILLE - Jeff Amershadian of Berkeley Hills Country Club had a tight battle with St. Marlo Country Club's Tim Weinhart on Tuesday before emerging as the victor in the Georgia PGA Club Professional Championship at Barnsley Gardens.

Amershadian shot back-to-back 69s on Monday and Tuesday, edging the renowned Weinhart by a stroke. The Duluth resident's 6-under-par 138 was highlighted by sinking a 60-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that broke a tie with Weinhart, the four-time running Georgia PGA Divots Player of the Year winner.

"Usually when I get in a battle with Tim, he comes out ahead so it was nice to beat him for a change," Amershadian said.

It was the first Georgia Club Professional title for Amershadian, who played a handful of PGA Tour events in the mid-1990s shortly after finishing his college career at Alabama. But a severe back injury from a car accident ended his full-time playing days and led him to becoming a teaching pro, the job he currently holds at Berkeley Hills.

Amershadian and the other top six finishers on Tuesday earned exemptions into the 39th National Club Professional Championships next June in Verona, N.Y. The top 20 finishers in the national event earn a spot in the 2006 PGA Championship.

For his victory on Tuesday, he takes home the top prize of $3,100.

The only other local pro finishing highly in the Georgia Club Pro event was the Atlanta Athletic Club's Chan Reeves, who shot 76 and 72 to tie for 10th.

- From staff reports