Two locals claim AJGA championships

The Atlanta Junior Golf Association held its Grand Championship in the area this week, and two locals emerged as overall champions at Stone Mountain Golf Club.

Hannah Suh of Suwanee won the girls championship for the second year in a row and John Stembridge of Norcross was the overall boys winner at the tournament, which features 124 players in five age groups from the extended metro Atlanta area.

Suh posted rounds of 74, 78 and 72 in the three-round tournament for a six-stroke victory over Marietta's Blaire Minter (77-78-75). Only 12 years old, Suh won last year's event with three rounds of 80.

Stembridge shot 71, 77 and 76 to place ahead of Acworth's Ryan Gambrell (78-76-74), the runner-up by four shots.

Other age-group winners were: Woodstock's Anders Albertson in boys 12-and-under (73-71-75), Clermont's Jimmy Lloyd III in boys 13- and 14-year-old (74-77-72) and Marietta's Jeremy Schmiedeberg in boys 15-year-old (82-80-76).

Other top local finishers were: Sugar Hill's Taylor Shaw (tie for sixth, boys 12-and-under), Lawrenceville's Zach Estep (fourth, boys 13- and 14-year-old), Norcross' Barrett Binion (tie for fifth, boys 15-year-old), Lawrenceville's Sean Bolen (sixth, boys 16- to 18-year-old) and Duluth's Zach Wright (eighth, boys 16- to 18-year-old).

Lee second in Southeastern Junior

Suwanee's Michael Lee shot 74 and 77 to place second in the boys 14- and 15-year-old division of the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour's Southeastern Junior at the Country Club of Columbus.

Jack Walsh of Lawreneville (83-75) tied for seventh in the same age group.

In boys 16- to 18-year-old play, Snellville's Tyler Cashbaugh shot 73 and 74 to tie for sixth. Suwanee's Alicia Poole was ninth in the girls 15- to 18-year-old division with a pair of 84s.

Nam leads locals at GSGA Junior Sectional Challenge

Judy Nam of Buford shot nine-hole rounds of 42 and 39 to win the girls 13-and-under division at the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Sectional Challenge Match. Nam scored six points for the Northeast Section, which finished in second by a point to the Southeast Section. The match saw locals from seven geographic regions in Georgia competing for their respective locations.

Her sister, Jennifer Nam, placed second in the girls 14- to 17-year-old division with rounds of 77 and 80.

Other local finishers in the top 20 were Buford's Shawn Yim with a tie for 11th in 14- and 15-year-old division (81-75) and Snellville's Colin Spellman with a tie for 17th in 14- and 15-year-old play (82-78).

Locals excel on AGA Tour

Randy Daniel of Duluth and Phil Hoddy of Buford placed first in an Amateur Golfers Association Tour stop at The Frog, leading a group of top local finishers in recent events. Daniel won Flight Three with a 77, edging Loganville's Jim Billingsley, who also shot 77. Hoddy won Flight Six with an 82.

Lawrenceville's Jeff Mezzanotte was second in Flight One with a 73 and Stone Mountain's Jimmy Peel was second in Flight Five with an 83.

In the AGA's event at the Golf Club of Georgia, Duluth's Rich Edmundson was second in Flight Three with a 79 and Duluth's Norm Patterson was third in Flight Two with an 80.

Aces in the crowd

Bill Pries made a hole-in-one July 19 on the fourth hole at Northwood Country Club. He used an 8-iron from the blue tees on the par 3.

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