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SHGA update: Russell Henley captures Shell Houston Open for his third PGA Tour title

Final results for Scott Hamilton Golf Academy players for tour events ending Sunday, April 2.

Each week, Bartow Sports Zone tracks the professional golfers on tour affiliated with Cartersville Country Club's Scott Hamilton Golf Academy ( and teaching professional Mike Granato (

Both Hamilton and Granato are affiliated professionals with Athletic Motion Golf. (

Scott Hamilton is the long time Director of Golf at Cartersville Country Club and is teacher/advisor/instructor to many prominent golf professionals competing on the PGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour, Tour, LPGA Tour, and more. Mike Granato is a local golf instructor who also works with many of Hamilton's clients.


Russell Henley, part of the Scott Hamilton Golf Academy group of players, made 10 birdies to fire an amazing 7-under 65 Sunday to come from four shots back to win the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open Sunday.

The 27-year-old Henley, actually started his day with a pair of birdies to wrap up a delayed third round, then carried that momentum into his final round.

The Shell Houston Open win for Henley is his third PGA Tour victory, but first since the 2014 Honda Classic.

The victory also awards Henley an invitation to this week’s Master’s where he missed the cut in 2013, tied for 31st in 2014, and was 21st in 2015.

Hudson Swafford, another SHGA player already qualified for the Masters, finished sixth in Houston with a 12-under-par total and a 5-under round on Sunday. Aaron Baddeley and Charles Howell III were the other SHGA players to make the cut. Baddeley tied for 15th. Howell tied for 39th.

Four other players affiliated with SHGA were in the Houston event but failed to make the cut. They included Ben Martin, Boo Weekley, Steven Bowditch, and Scott Stallings.


On the PGA Champions Tour, SHGA-player Joe Durant shot a final round 74 Sunday at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi, MS to fall out of the top ten.

He still finished tied for 11th at 7-under-par after firing opening rounds of 66 and 69.

Miguel Angel Jiminez won the title this week in a playoff over Savannah's Gene Sauers. The two were tied after 54 holes at 13-under-par.

The next event on the PGA Champions Tour is the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, April 14-16 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA.


Casey Wittenberg, one of the players currently working with Cartersville Country Club’s Scott Hamilton Golf Academy and local golf instructor Mike Granato won the Tour’s 2017 Chitimacha Louisian Open Sunday, March 26 at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard, Louisiana. He carded a 2-under par 69 in the final round to finish 21-under for the four-day tournament and won by three shots over Xinjun Zhang.

The next event on the Tour is the United Leasing & Finance Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana April 20-23.

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