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Locals fair well as Castro, Gruca capture GSGA Four-Ball Championship at Cartersville Country Club


Sunrise at Cartersville Country Club with the GSGA Four Ball Championship trophy on the line Sunday.

Atlanta residents Franco Castro and Tyler Gruca teamed for rounds of 63-63-65—191 (25-under-par) to win the 50th Georgia State Golf Association Four Ball Championship hosted locally this past Friday through Sunday.


The 54-hole championship was conducted at the 6,988-yard, par 72 Cartersville Country Club.


Castro played collegiately at LSU and Charlotte. He also served as the men’s golf assistant coach at Rutgers. Gruca, an Alpharetta native, played collegiately at Georgia State.


While the Atlanta duo captured the prestigious title, local players faired well also. There were six teams with local connections to finished in the championship’s top twenty.


Chad Branton (Cartersville) and Christian Raynor (Kennesaw) finished tied for second at 21-under-par. The duo fired rounds of 65 all three days. The pairing of Erik Martin (Atlanta) and Stephen Behr (Alpharetta) plus the team of Price Miller (Atlanta) and William Love (Atlanta) also tied for second place.


Other top finishes with local connections included Greg Johnson (Cartersville) and Cres Dodd (Calhoun). They finished in fifth place with rounds of 65-66-66—197 (19-under-par). Andy Burris and Chase Jones — both of Cartersville — tied for seventh at 199 (17-under-par). The local duo improved each day with rounds of 70-66-63.


Lee Bowman, a Cartersville Country Club member from Atlanta, paired with Matt Stauch of Marietta to tie for 11th (68-66-67) at 15-under-par while Kyle Hosick (Cartersville) and William Hamilton (Calhoun) tied for 18th (67-67-69) with a 13-under-par 203.


Eighty teams started the tournament Friday and Saturday with the field cut to the low 30 teams and ties after 36 holes. The cut line, survived by 32 teams, was at 6-under-par following Saturday’s round.

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