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South grad Fricke wins Georgia Open

BRASELTON — South Gwinnett grad Jonathan Fricke took advantage of his local knowledge and won the 59th annual Georgia Open at The Legends at Chateau Elan on Sunday.

Fricke, who regularly practices at The Legends, shot 2-under-par 70 in the final round for a one-shot victory over Matt Nagy.

Fricke, a Snellville resident who played at Georgia State, made five birdies in his final round, his third 2-under par 70 round of the event. He has spent the summer playing on the eGolf Professional Tour, though has had stints on the Web.com Tour (formerly Nationwide Tour) in the past.

Fricke played solid golf throughout the week and finished with 16 birdies and was tied for first in that category. For his efforts, Fricke earned the first place check of $6,000.

During the check and trophy presentation, Fricke credited his work with PGA professional Jeff Paton for making improvements with his golf swing. The duo has worked together for more than 12 years. Paton is the Director of Golf at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta and also teaches the 2009 Georgia Open champion Roberto Castro, who is currently a rookie on the PGA Tour, as well as several other touring professionals.

Fricke entered the final round tied for the lead with 2007 Georgia Open Champion Jeff Hull of Watkinsville. During the final round, Fricke birdied the 15th and 16th holes, which proved to be enough after making a bogey at the 17th.