Branton, Brumlow, and Jones competing in USGA and GSGA events
Bartow County is well represented this weekend in a pair of reputable golf championships at the national and state level. The local community has a pair of representatives at the U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship hosted at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington and one other at the Georgia State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship in Columbus. Chad Branton of Cartersville is teamed with Kyle Hosick of Calhoun while Cartersville’s Buck Brumlow is partnered with Harrison Davis of Fort Payne, Alabama.
Branton and Hosick combined for an opening round 65 (6-under) and are tied for 16th place after playing their opening round on The Home Course in DuPont, Washington. Brumlow, fresh off his 2021 GHSA Class 5A state individual title, teamed with Davis for a 69 in the first round and are tied for 70th in the field of 128 two-man teams.
Both teams with local representatives will tee it up Sunday at the 7,475-yard, par 72 Chambers Bay course that hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and the 2010 U.S. Amateur. Only the top 32 sides will qualify for match play which begins Monday. The second round and quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday with the semifinals and finals set for Wednesday.
Branton and Hosick made six birdies in a bogey-free round for their 65. The round included five consecutive birdies on holes seven through eleven.
Brumlow and Davis made four birdies in a six hole stretch between No. 5 and No. 10, but the duo made back-to-back bogies on No. 15 and No. 16 for a 2-under-par finish.
Brendan Macdougall and Sam Meek of Canada shot a 10-under-par 62 at Chambers Bay Saturday to grab the first round lead. Frankie Capan (North Oaks, MN) and Shuai Ming Wong (The Woodlands, TX) along with Luke Potter (Encinitas, CA) and Preston Summerhays (Scottsdale, AZ) are one shot behind at 9-under par. Both of those sides also opened play at Chambers Bay. All three leading teams will shift to The Home Course on Sunday.
JONES IN TOP 25 AT GSGA MID-AM
At the Georgia State Golf Association’s 40th Mid-Amateur Championship at Country Club of Columbus, Chase Jones of Cartersville fired an even-par 70 Saturday afternoon to pull into a five-way tie for 23rd place.
Jones shot 75 in Friday’s opening round making only one birdie on the day. He poured in four birdies in Saturday’s round to earn a spot in Sunday’s final round.
Adam Cooper of Columbus leads Kennesaw’s Christian Raynor after 36 holes. Cooper shot rounds of 68-67 with Raynor finishing the first two rounds with identical 68s. Four players are four shots back at 1-under-par. That quartet includes Stan Gann of Warner Robins, Stephen Behr of Atlanta, Trammell Coleman of Columbus, and Alpharetta’s Bob Royak.
The 2021 GSGA Mid-Amateur is being contested on the par-70, 6,488-yard Country Club of Columbus course. The starting field included 144 players — all 25+ in age — who qualified at eight different sites earlier in the year or had GSGA exempt status earned at other events. The field is narrowed to the low 70 scores and ties for the final 18 holes.