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Huge weekend for SHGA/AMG players

Scott Hamilton Golf Academy / Athletic Motion Golf

While Justin Thomas was winning the PGA Tour’s Dell Technologies Championship Monday at TPC Boston, two of the three players affiliated with Cartersville Country Club’s Scott Hamilton Golf Academy and/or Athletic Motion Golf advanced to the third of four FedExCup Playoff Tournaments.

SHGA/AMG players Hudson Swafford and Charles Howell III will advance in the playoffs, while Woodstock’s Chris Kirk was eliminated.

Only the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will play in the BMW Championship September 14-17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. From there, only the top 30 players will advance to the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta September 21-24.

Swafford shot rounds of 69-68-70-69 (8-under-par) in Boston and moved up five spots in the FedEx Cup standings to 33rd place heading into the BMW.

Howell missed the cut in Boston, but started the event in 28th position and fell to 35th.

Kirk, who started 95th in the standings needed a high ranking finish to reach to top 70. He shot rounds of 70-68-76-70 to tie for 47th at the Dell Technologies.

Joe Durant, a SHGA player on the PGA Champions Tour, tied for sixth place this past weekend at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Durant shot round of 65-67-66 (12-under-par) in the tournament won by Scott McCarron.

Durant (photo right) is currently 14th on the Charles Schwab Cup money list.​

On the Tour, two SHGA/AMG players took another step toward their PGA Tour cards for next season with Top 25 Tour finishes for the season.

At the Nationwide Children's Championship in Columbus, Ohio, Matt Atkins (photo left) tied for 67th in the event and that was good enough to maintain a Top 25 tour spot. Kyle Thompson missed the cut in Columbus, but his position in the current top 10 was already secured. The Tour has two more events remaining in the 2017 season with the Top 25 earning their PGA Tour card for next season.


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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