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Swafford, Howell finish outside Top 30

Hudson Swafford and Charles Howell III were the two representatives for Cartersville Country Club’s Scott Hamilton Golf Academy and/or Athletic Motion Golf heading into this past weekend’s PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, IL.

Unfortunately, neither player advanced to the PGA Tour Championship this weekend at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, but both wrapped up outstanding seasons.

Only the top 70 players on tour qualified for the BMW and the playoff field was narrowed to only the top 30 players for the event in Atlanta.

Swafford tied for 40th at the BMW with a 7-under-par 277 finish. He fired rounds of 68-66-73-70 and finished 38th in the FedEx Cup standings. Howell was 3-over-par (68-76-69-74) and finished 40th in the standings with a tie for 67th at the BMW.

(L-R) Hudson Swafford, Charles Howell III, Kyle Thompson

On the Tour, SHGA/AMG player Kyle Thompson tied for 68th at the Boise Open. Thompson is a top 25 player on that tour’s standings (currently 8th) which will earn his PGA Tour Card for next season. Two other SHGA/AMG players — Matt Atkins and Casey Wittenberg — missed the cut in Boise. Atkins is 20th on the Tour standings with two events remaining, the DAP Championship in Beachwood, OH September 21-24 and the Tour Championship September 28-October 1 in Atlantic Beach, FL.

On the senior PGA Champions Tour, SHGA player Joe Durant did not play at this past weekend’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in British Columbia, Canada. Durant is currently 15th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings with four events remaining on the tour schedule prior to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, AZ November 10-12.


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.

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