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Harman wins at home

July 10, 2005

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Brian Harman of Savannah birdied three of his last eight holes and carded a final-round, three-under 68 to secure the 84th Annual Georgia Amateur Championship at The Savannah Golf Club.  Harman, at eight-under 276, finished two strokes ahead of 2003 Amateur Champion David Noll of Daltn, while his final-round playing partners, Jay Moseley of Bainbridge and Doug Hanzel of Savannah, finished three and four strokes back.

Brent Witcher of Duluth placed fifth at two-under 282 after a final-round 73. Savannah Golf Club member Danny Nelson and 2004 Georgia Amateur Champion David Denham of Tifton tied for sixth at even-par 284.  Five golfers: Chris Hall of Marietta, Jack Hall and Mark Silvers of Savannah, Chris Kirk of Woodstock and Atlanta's West Streib tied for eighth at 285.

Rounding out the top 15 and earning exemptions into next year's championship (if eligible) were Chase MacFarland of Savannah (286), Johnathan Shaw of Cartersville (287) and Jon David Kennedy of Hawkinsville (287).

"I just wanted to play aggressively today," said Harman, who shot 71 in the third round, and saw his tie for the lead disappear when Moseley sunk a 30-foot birdie putt to take a one-shot lead going into the final round.  "I can't believe how well I played today; I just can't describe it.  This summer I haven't played well in third rounds, and even though I've done well in the final round I've usually been too far behind at that point.  Today they gave me an opening, and it worked out."

Harman and Hanzel, who began the final round tied at five-under 208, remained neck-and-neck through their first nine holes.  Hanzel dropped a stroke on No. 2, but quickly made it up with a birdie on the third.  Harman then went up a stroke when he stuck his tee shot to within 12 feet on the par-3 No. 5, but evened the score again one hole later with a bogey on the sixth.  Hanzel briefly took the lead when he birdied the eighth hole, but Harman responded with an unexpected birdie on No. 9 to square it up at the turn at six under par.  Harman's tee shot on the ninth found the cart path and bounced into the bunker of an adjacent hole.   He then pitched over another bunker and greenside
mound to within six feet for birdie putt.

Meanwhile, Moseley, the 54-hole leader, got off to a rough start with a double bogey on his first hole, which included a one-stroke penalty for picking up his ball in the rough.  The Auburn University golfer held steady with pars through the turn, to stay within one or two strokes of the leaders.

On No. 10, Hanzel took the lead again when Harman bogeyed 10, but the youngster responded with a birdie of his own at 11 to once again move to six-under.  Moseley moved to within a stroke of the leaders with a birdie at 11 as well.  Meanwhile Noll, one group ahead, had already eagled 11 to go to four-under for the Championship and also move within striking distance of the lead.

Harman then connected on a six-foot birdie putt on No. 12 to go to seven-under, while Hanzel held par.  On 13, a 154-yard par-3, Hanzel found trouble, hitting a tree and landing in a hazard and eventually taking a double-bogey.  Harman, now with some breathing room, promptly birdied 14 with a 12-foot putt to take a four-stroke lead over Hanzel and three over Moseley.

Hanzel, the 2004 Georgia Mid-Amateur Champion, had only three bogeys through 66 holes before the double.  He would finish with pars the rest of the way but could only hold on to fourth position, carding 72 for the day.  Moseley would get to within two strokes with a birdie on 15, but would get no closer with a bogey on 16 and pars on 17 and 18 to close out his day at one-over 72.  Noll kept himself in contention, coming in with birdies on 17 and 18 to finish with a 69 for the round, a six-under 278, and the runner-up finish.

Harman won back-to-back Georgia Junior Championships in 2002 and 2003 as well as the U.S. Junior Amateur title in 2003.  A recent high school graduate, he will join the University of Georgia golf team this fall.

The Georgia Amateur Championship is conducted by the Georgia State Golf Association and brings together 156 of the state's best male amateur golfers for the prestigious state title first won by Bobby Jones in 1916.  There were 130 qualifiers that joined 26 exempt players to make up the field.  A total of 627 golfers entered the qualifying process, competing at 10 sites for the available places.  The Championship format is 72 holes of stroke play over four days.

The field was cut to the low 70 and ties after the second round, with the cut line falling at 10-over 152 and 74 players advancing to the weekend.  The par-71 layout at The Savannah Golf Club played to approximately 6,361 yards.

Notable
· Brian Harman becomes the first Savannah golfer to win the Georgia  Amateur Championship in Savannah since the 1917, when Noble Hardee won just the second Championship, which was also held at The Savannah Golf Club.   He is also the first champion from Savannah since Tim O?Neal captured the title at Idle Hour Club in Macon in 1997.

· Harman also becomes the first player in GSGA history to win both the Georgia Junior and Georgia Amateur titles.  He won the Junior Championship in 2002 and 2003.

· The Georgia Southern golf team was well-represented at this Championship, with five members of the roster -- Drew Bowen of Monroe, Chase Jones of Cartersville, Jon David Kennedy of Hawkinsville, Johnathan  Shaw of Cartersville and Chris Smith of Alpharetta -- making the cut.  Kennedy and Shaw posted the
Eagles best finish, tying for 14th at three-over 287.


84th Annual Georgia Amateur Championship
The Savannah Golf Club
July 7-10, 2005

Final Results
Par 71

Place Player Name Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total Overall
1 Brian Harman, Savannah 72 65 71 68 276 -8
2 David Noll Jr., Dalton 71 68 70 69 278 -6
3 Jay Moseley, Bainbridge 70 68 69 72 279 -5
4 Douglas Hanzel, Savannah 71 68 69 72 280 -4
5 Brent Witcher, Duluth 68 70 71 73 282 -2
T6 Danny Nelson, Savannah 74 70 69 71 284 Even
T6 David Denham, Tifton 72 69 70 73 284 Even
T8 Chris Hall, Marietta 70 71 68 76 285 1
T8 Chris Kirk, Woodstock 70 76 69 70 285 1
T8 Jack Hall, Savannah 69 71 74 71 285 1
T8 Mark Silvers, Savannah 72 71 69 73 285 1
T8 West Streib, Atlanta 81 67 66 71 285 1
13 Chase MacFarland, Savannah 74 74 67 71 286 2
T14 Johnathan Shaw, Cartersville 74 67 74 72 287 3
T14 Jon David Kennedy, Hawkinsville 72 73 71 71 287 3
T16 Drew Bowen, Monroe 74 70 74 71 289 5
T16 Toby Browne, Savannah 67 75 73 74 289 5
18 Casey Willis, Tifton 71 72 76 71 290 6
T19 Jack Larkin, Atlanta 75 74 70 72 291 7
T19 Jeff Knox, Augusta 74 76 72 69 291 7
T19 Kris Shepherd, Evans 70 76 71 74 291 7
T22 Bill Brown, Dublin 72 72 75 73 292 8
T22 Jared Purvis, Valdosta 74 75 71 72 292 8
T22 Michael Green, Augusta 73 74 70 75 292 8
T22 Taylor Crosby, Athens 72 75 76 69 292 8
T26 Brent Dorner, Albany 75 70 75 73 293 9
T26 Chris Nicol, Kennesaw 75 75 70 73 293 9
T26 Richie Taylor, Snellville 73 72 73 75 293 9
T26 Scott Davenport, Marietta 75 70 75 73 293 9
T26 Seth Brandon, Dalton 78 72 73 70 293 9
T31 Chris Smith, Alpharetta 74 69 74 77 294 10
T31 Michael Morrison, Atlanta 78 73 71 72 294 10
T31 Scott Pitts, Cornelia 75 72 72 75 294 10
T31 Wills Smith, Savannah 72 75 75 72 294 10
T35 Jarod Trammell, Jasper 72 77 74 72 295 11
T35 Josh Nelson, Atlanta 72 75 77 71 295 11
T35 Patrick Phillips, Athens 72 72 74 77 295 11
T35 Robert Andrews, Woodstock 74 75 73 73 295 11
T39 Derek Oakey, LaGrange 73 78 66 79 296 12
T39 Jonathan Shiflet, Hartwell 77 73 71 75 296 12
T41 Don Marsh, Alpharetta 73 76 74 74 297 13
T41 Hugh Morrison, Macon 75 73 74 75 297 13
T41 Michael Morrow, Columbus 79 73 74 71 297 13
T41 Michael Standard, McDonough 74 75 77 71 297 13
45 Joe Green, Duluth 79 73 70 76 298 14
T46 Bill Bergin, Atlanta 72 77 75 75 299 15
T46 Tevis Upton, Douglasville 75 74 75 75 299 15
T48 Chase Deck, Ringgold 78 74 73 75 300 16
T48 Jefferson Murray, Augusta 77 69 73 81 300 16
T48 Keith Guest, Athens 73 78 69 80 300 16
T48 Matt Hughes, Dalton 76 74 76 74 300 16
T52 Chase Jones, Cartersville 74 78 74 75 301 17
T52 Doug Stiles, Athens 75 75 77 74 301 17
T52 John Saari, Lilburn 75 77 75 74 301 17
T52 Michael Schilling, Marietta 77 72 77 75 301 17
T56 Larry Clark, Kennesaw 73 76 77 76 302 18
T56 Steven Meyer, McDonough 74 77 77 74 302 18
T56 Wendell Akins, Statesboro 77 73 76 76 302 18
T59 Doug Wilson, Thomasville 73 77 80 73 303 19
T59 Nic Daugharty, Valdosta 70 78 75 80 303 19
T59 Robb Craddock, Atlanta 76 75 76 76 303 19
T59 Scott Ferrell, Savannah 76 76 78 73 303 19
T63 Randy Donahoo, Woodstock 77 72 77 78 304 20
T63 William Hamilton III, Calhoun 73 78 72 81 304 20
T65 Brad Clark, Atlanta 76 72 73 84 305 21
T65 Stephan Gonzalez, Cumming 76 75 77 77 305 21
67 Brad Skinner, Black Creek 73 76 79 78 306 22
T68 Greg Cottrell, Powder Springs 71 77 75 84 307 23
T68 Kyle Collins, Milledgeville 79 71 77 80 307 23
T68 Michael Salmon, Flowery Branch 79 72 84 72 307 23
T71 Brad Dawson, Buford 76 75 77 80 308 24
T71 Danny Daniels, Kingsland 74 77 77 80 308 24
73 Danyel McKibben, Covington 80 72 82 79 313 29
74 Steve Kelley, Columbus 76 71 78 WD