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Martin one shot back at John Deere; Durant in top 10 at Senior Open

Ben Martin, Scott Hamilton Golf Academy, Cartersville, GA

Ben Martin, a client of Cartersville Country Club’s Scott Hamilton Golf Academy, fired a third-round low 62 Saturday at the John Deere Classic to trail leader Ryan Moore by only one shot moving into Sunday’s final round.

Martin, who won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2015, is tied for second with Morgan Hoffman who also shot 62 on Saturday at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Martin has rounds of 66-68-62. Hoffman’s rounds were 67-67-62. Moore, the leader, has three consecutive 65s.

Martin, a 2009 U.S. Amateur finalist and Clemson graduate, also recorded top-10 finishes last season at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship, and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Other Scott Hamilton Golf Academy players this week at the John Deere Classic:

— Scott Stallings, tied for 11th, 69-67-66.

— Boo Weekley, tied for 37th, 69-69-70.

— Hudson Swafford, tied for 50th, 69-65-73.

— Steven Bowditch, missed cut, 74-75.

— Brendon Todd, missed cut, 77-72

Acworth’s Jason Bohn is tied for 66th after shooting 70-69-70. He is a former SHGA client. Another former SHGA player, Rob Oppenheim is also tied for 66th after rounds of 67-68-73.

Joe Durant, Scott Hamilton Golf Academy, Cartersville, GA

On the senior PGA Champions Tour, Joe Durant is tied for sixth place heading into Sunday’s final round at the U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Durant, another client of SHGA, is fresh off a win last week at the 3M Championship in Minnesota. He is currently in second place in the Schwab Cup points race behind Bernhard Langer.

Durant, who has rounds of 75-67-70 is 2-over par. He trails leader Miguel Angel Jimenez by five shots with 18 holes remaining.

On the Tour, SHGA player Hunter Hamrick is tied for 27th through three rounds at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri.

Hamrick is 11-under (72-67-66) and trails leader Mackenzie Hughes by seven shots.

Adam Mitchell of SHGA is at 9-under. He shot 70-69-68.

For other SHGA players, Kyle Thompson, Jim Renner, Jonathan Fricke, and Mark Silvers all missed the cut in Missouri.


Scott Hamilton is Director of Golf at Cartersville Country Club and works with many prominent professional golfers on the PGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour, Tour, LPGA, and other professional tours through the Scott Hamilton Golf Academy.

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