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 — http://www.ghintpp.com/gsga/TPPOnlineScoring/Default.aspx?ID=804