July 13, 2003
(Kennesaw-AP) -- David Noll made his return to amateur golf a successful one, holding off Thomas Hagler by one shot today to win the 82nd Georgia Amateur Championship at Pinetree Country Club.
The 31-year-old Noll regained his amateur status in 2001 after playing what he called "about every mini-tour out there." He finished second in last year's state Mid-Amateur Championship and was the runner-up at the Southeastern Amateur earlier this year. Noll said,"This is forever. To be the Georgia Amateur champion, you go down in history."
Noll closed with a final-round 71, and Hagler, a member of the Augusta State golf team, had an even-par 72. David Robinson finished two shots behind in third, and Jeff Knox was another stroke back. Chase Jones was fifth, five shots behind Noll.
Albany's Brent Dorner tied for 14th at 7 over par (295) after a final round of 76 Sunday.
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