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Cartersville Country Club hosting GSGA Mid-Am Championship

The 2017 Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship gets underway Friday at Cartersville Country Club with 18 holes of stroke play each day through Sunday.

Players at age 25 or older were eligible for this Georgia State Golf Association Championship and the field of 144 qualifying players will be cut to the low 70 and ties after Saturday’s round.

A total of 370 players entered this year’s championship. 29 players were exempt from qualifying and the remaining 115 spots were filled by players who qualified in one of seven, 18-hole qualifiers in April and May. The qualifiers were held in Savannah, Flowery Branch, Columbus, Warner Robins, Alpharetta, Hampton, and Cartersville.

The tournament length for Cartersville Country Club is 7,006 yards and plays to par 72. This is the fifth GSGA-sanctioned championship hosted by Cartersville Country.

John Engler, Jr., of Augusta shot 6-under par to win the Georgia Mid-Am Championship last year on his home course Augusta Country Club.

All of last year’s top ten competitors will be in the field including runner-up Taylor Smith, third place finisher Cameron Hooper, and Georgia Hall of Famer Jeff Knox.

Current Cartersville Country Club champion Chad Branton (photo) is in the field, along with several other local area competitors.

Local contenders in the event with their first round tee times for Friday listed:

Player — Home — Starting Hole — Tee Time

Chad Branton — Cartersville — 1 — 2:00pm

Scott Davenport — Marietta — 1 — 1:10pm

Cres Dodd — Calhoun — 1 — 1:20pm

Chase Jones — Cartersville — 10 — 1:10pm

Robbie Niedergall III — Cartersville — 10 — 9:40am

David Noll -- Dalton -- 1 -- 1:30pm

Tevis Upton — Acworth — 10 — 1:10pm

Rob VanGorder, Jr. — Acworth — 1 — 1:20pm

Fred Wolford — Acworth — 10 — 9:40am

Mike Heffner -- Villa Rica -- 10 -- 8:40am

Bill Faith -- Atlanta -- 1 -- 1:00pm

Justin Johnson -- Canton -- 10 -- 2:10pm

Tournament scoring may be followed live online at —

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