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SHGA / AMG Update: Howell, Swafford, and Kirk advance in PGA Tour playoffs

Scott Hamilton Golf Academy / Athletic Motion Golf

Three of the four PGA Tour players affiliated with Cartersville Country Club’s Scott Hamilton Golf Academy and/or Athletic Motion Golf advanced to the next step in the FedEx Cup Playoffs this past weekend.

Charles Howell III, Hudson Swafford, and Chris Kirk advanced to the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston this Friday, September 1 through Labor Day.

The lone playoff qualifier from SHGA/AMG to not advance was Scott Stallings and he missed by the slimmest of margins.

The Top 100 on the FedEx points list after last weekend’s Northern Trust Championship at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York advanced to the second tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Stallings began The Northern Trust in 102nd place. He shot 71-70-70-73 to finish 4-over par and tied for 43rd. That left him in 101st place in the FedEx Cup standings — one spot out of the next tournament.

Kirk (66-73-71-73, 3-over-par) tied for 40th at The Northern Trust and will begin this week’s Dell Technologies Championship in 97th place in the FedEx Cup race. He will need a big week. Only the top 70 will advance to the third playoffs tournament — the BMW Championship September 14-17. The top 30 from the BMW will play at East Lake in Atlanta in the TOUR Championship September 21-14.

Swafford (70-72-71-71, 4-over-par) tied with Stallings for 43rd, but will advance to the Dell Technologies. He began last week in 37th and slipped one spot in the playoff standings to 38th.

Howell (69-71-74-73, 7-over-par) started last weekend in 21st place in the playoff standings, but tied for 62nd in New York. He advances to Boston, but will start the tournament 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Dustin Johnson won The Northern Trust in a playoff over Jordan Spieth. The two finished the 72-hole tournament 13-under-par.

Johnson won on the first playoff hole with a birdie.

On the PGA Champions Tour last weekend, SHGA player Joe Durant finished tied for 16th at the Boeing Classic at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in Washington. Durant shot 70-67-70 (9-under-par) and is currently 15th in the Schwab Cup Money list.

Jerry Kelly (19-under-par) won the Boeing Classic by one shot over Jerry Smith.

The next event on the PGA Champions Tour is the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Friday through Sunday.

All four SHGA/AMG Tour players to start at the WinCo Foods Portland Open — Kyle Thompson, Casey Wittenberg, Chris Wilson, and Matt Atkins — missed the cut this past week.

The next event on the Tour is the Nationside Children’s Hospital Championship this Thursday through Sunday at the Ohio State University Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio.

The SHGA player on the LPGA Tour, Brooke Pancake, missed the cut at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Pancake shot 72-81. The event was won by Sung Hyun Park.

The LPGA Tour moves to the Cambia Portland Classic this weekend in Portland, Oregon.


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.

Scott Hamilton and Mike Granato

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