AUGUSTA, Ga. – An incoming Georgia College Golf transfer is opening eyes even before donning the Blue and Green, as Justin Connelly (McDonough) posted a record-breaking score to win the 2017 Georgia Amateur Championship Sunday at West Lake Country Club.
Connelly had a stranglehold on the lead nearly throughout the entire tourney, posting rounds of 69, 69, 64 and 65. The future Bobcat was 17-under par at 267, besting Connor Coffee, a rising sophomore at Kennesaw State University, by two strokes. Connelly's 17-under broke the tournament record of 268 set in 2009 by University of Georgia Golf alum Russell Henley.
Connelly was at-par or better on every single hole for the four rounds. He is the first to win the State Am in the storied history of GC Golf.
He wasn't the only Bobcat to perform well this weekend, as former GC All-American Taylor Smith took seventh place at five-under. Smith got stronger as he went along, carding rounds of 74, 74, 66 and 65. Bill Faith took 32nd place with a four-over score, while recent grad Harrison Stewart also made the cut and finished five-over for the tourney in 37th place. Another Bobcat to play on championship Sunday was Chan Metts, finishing at plus-14.
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