Beck wins GSGA State Am title

KENNESAW — Jimmy Beck of Columbus won the Georgia State Golf Association Amateur Championship in front of his family and Kennesaw State University coaches and teammates on Sunday.

Beck's 1-over-par 285 overall score was two strokes better than Brunswick's Travis Williamson, who finished in the runner-up spot at 3-over-par 287 in the 92nd annual event at Pinetree Country Club.

Beck began the final round two strokes back of the leader and recorded five birdies and three bogeys for a 2-under-par 69 on Sunday. Williamson posted a 1-over-par 72 in the final round to finish in the runner-up position. Two-time Georgia Amateur champion, David Noll, Jr., of Dalton, began the final round with a one stroke lead, but due to a two-birdie, seven-bogey performance on Sunday, fell out of the top spot of the leaderboard. Noll finished tied for sixth at 6-over-par 290 (67-71-76-76).

Beck's 72-hole score of 285 included 13 birdies, 46 pars, 12 bogeys and one double-bogey over the four-day event. He finished 4-over on the par 3 holes, even-par on the par 4 holes and 3-under on the par 5 holes. His 1-over total was the highest winning score in 20 years of the Georgia Amateur Championship. In 1993, Carter Mize of Columbus posted a 1-over to win the state championship.

Williamson turned in seven birdies, 56 pars, eight bogeys and one double-bogey over the 72-hole competition, giving him the 3-over-par 287 (71-72-72-72) total. He currently plays his collegiate golf at Armstrong Atlantic State University located in Savannah, Ga.

University of Georgia golfer Sepp Straka of Valdosta (72-74-72-71) tied for third at even-par 289 along with David Watts of Chatsworth (69-72-77-71) and Jeff Knox of Augusta (70-73-73-73). Knox is a two-time Georgia Mid-Amateur champion (2008, 2009). In a three-way tie for sixth, future Darton State College golfer Jake O'Bryan of Athens (75-69-74-72), Ridge Purcell of LaGrange (72-74-69-75) and Noll finished at 6-over-par 290. The reigning Georgia Mid-Amateur champion, Cameron Hooper of Atlanta (74-72-75-70), and Damon Stephenson of Atlanta (75-75-71-70) tied for ninth at 7-over-par 291.

Straka's Georgia Bulldog teammate, Mookie DeMoss of Athens, tied for 13th at 9-over-par 293 (71-71-76-75). The Providence grad tied with rising Norcross senior and UGA commit Zach Healy (69-74-73-77) for top Gwinnett finisher.

Four players competed this week who currently play golf at Kennesaw State University, which uses Pinetree Country Club as its home course - Beck, Jonathan Klotz of Columbus, Kelby Burton of Evans and Austin Vick of Evans. Klotz tied for 11th at 8-over-par 292 (73-74-72-73), Vick tied for 21st at 11-over-par 295 (73-74-72-76), and Burton tied for 33rd at 14-over-par 298 (71-70-78-79).