Tech sophomore Adam Bratton qualified for the US Amateur in qualifying in Chesterton, Indiana. He shot rounds 65-75 and won a three-way playoff for last place with an eagle on the first extra hole.
Already in the American amateur realm are technology graduates Noah Norton, Bo Andrews and RB Clyburn.
The 121st US Amateur will be held August 9-15 at Oakmont Country Club. A Tech golfer has won the last two domestic amateurs – Tyler Strafaci in 2020 and Andy Ogletree in 2019.
Echelon’s Ward wins professional championship
David Ward of Alpharetta Echelon Golf Club amassed 42 Stableford points and won the Georgia PGA Head Professional Championship at Country Club in Atlanta. Ward won a playoff against Brian Oliver of Stone Mountain Golf Club.
Todd Ormsby of Highland Country Club in LaGrange was third with 41 points, and Brett Donnelly of Druid Hills Golf Club was fourth with 40.
Phil Taylor of Ansley Golf Club won the senior division with 36 points.
Thomas receives the Millsap scholarship
Brooke Thomas, a native of Dalton, is the recipient of the inaugural PGA Works Paul Millsap Fellowship for the Georgia PGA Chapter and Foundation. Thomas graduated from Dalton State. His primary responsibilities will be to support and execute philanthropic activities for the Georgia Chapter, including PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) and junior programs such as the PGA Junior League and Drive, Chip and Putt.
The Millsap scholarship is designed to prepare individuals from historically under-represented backgrounds for careers in the golf industry. This is a one-year paid scholarship.
Top 100 instructor list includes nine from Georgia
Nine Georgians have been named to Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teacher List for 2021-2022.
Scott Hamilton of Cartersville Country Club, Justin Parsons and Gale Peterson of Sea Island Golf Club, Mike Perpich of RiverPines Golf in Johns Creek, Joe Plecker of Landings Club in Savannah, Jon Tattersall of Tattersall Golf in Atlanta, John Tillery of Golf Club in Cuscowilla in Eatonton, Andrew Rice of the Savannah Harbor Club and Shaun Webb of Athletic Motion Golf in Cartersville.
Peterson has been on the roster since 1996 and Perpich debuted in 2001. Peterson and Hamilton are among those whose instruction is available through the mobile app and VI Sports software.
PGA pro Barkley dies at 88
Bill Barkley, a PGA Golf Teacher, has died in Oveido, Florida at the age of 88. Barkley owned and operated the Rivermont Golf and Country Club at Johns Creek from 1972 to 1987.
He has appeared on the Golf Channel and has written stories for Travel and Leisure Golf, The Senior Golfer, and USA Today. He enjoyed running junior programs, training elderly and disabled golfers, and organizing outings for charity.