July 17, 2007
Thomasville -- Thomasville-native Harris English is in elite company, after winning the Georgia Amateur golf tournament.
"It's pretty cool," says English. "It's kind of hard to compare me to Bobby Jones right now, cause he won the US Amateur, US Open, British Amateur, and British Open all in the same year, and I got a long way to go before that."
At seventeen, English is the youngest player to win the tournament since golfing legend Bobby Jones won the inaugural event at just fourteen-years-old in 1916.
"It's real cool to be the youngest player since him," says English. "It's pretty neat. I've never had that before."
Winning the event has its perks for English.
"It gets me into pretty much any amateur tournament I want in the country," says English, "the Georgia Open is coming up in about a month, but I'm not sure if I'm playing in that. It kinda opens a lot of doors for me the next couple of years, and I'm really excited about that."
The seventeen-year old golfer will join the University of Georgia golf team in less than a month, and is looking for continued success down the road.
English says, "I definitely want to go pro after college, but I'm going to Georgia all four years. I'll probably have the best time of my life up there. I'm definitely doing that, and then see what happens after that."
Harris English is the first golfer from Thomasville to win the Georgia Amateur.