Austin Morrison hits Mulligan to win 71st Georgia Open

Austin Morrison hits Mulligan to win 71st Georgia Open

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Austin Morrison of St. Simons Island wins the 71st Georgia Amateur at Jennings Mill.

Credit: Stan Autry

Austin Morrison of St. Simons Island wins the 71st Georgia Amateur at Jennings Mill.

Credit: Stan Autry

Austin Morrison of St. Simons Island wins the 71st Georgia Amateur at Jennings Mill.

Credit: Stan Autry

Credit: Stan Autry

Morrison could have lost his composure on the 469-yard par-4 seventh hole, where the green is protected by water. Morrison’s course was wet, and he wound up with a double bogey. Elmore, his cart mate, was on the back of the green and in position to take the lead when a long downhill putt went short and led to a bogey. That left the two leaders tied at 10.

“I should have gotten two shots from there, but I only got one,” said Elmore, who played at Berry College before turning pro.

Morrison responded with a birdie putt to 5 feet on the eighth hole. He made another birdie at the 10th to regain his two-shot lead. Elmore made a nice birdie putt on the par-3 12th to cut the margin to one, but couldn’t get any closer.

“I hit a really sloppy putt on No. 7 to get back into par and I’ve done everything I’ve wanted since then,” Morrison said. “I put the ball in front of me and I did everything I looked at and I made it look easy, but it wasn’t.”

By the time they got to 18, Morrison’s lead was three shots. The fact that he blew his approach onto the green and made bogey is of little consequence.

Morrison is a native of North Carolina and will play college golf at William & Mary. He met PGA instructor Jared Zack, who works at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center, and moved to the Golden Isles to be near his coach — and dozens of other aspiring professionals.

Buchanan, who went to Buford High School and will play at the University of Illinois, is a late finisher. On Saturday, he shot 59 from 9 through 11 holes but shot 66.

“Today was completely different than Saturday,” Buchanan said. “Every ball she took, I felt she was going the wrong way. If I want to jump to the left, it will hover to the right. I played well. I don’t have too many complaints because I hit the ball well.

Dunwoody’s Ryan Elmore shot a final-round 69 to finish second at the Georgia Open with a 71st.

Credit: Stan Autry

Dunwoody's Ryan Elmore shot a final-round 69 to finish second at the Georgia Open with a 71st.

Credit: Stan Autry

Dunwoody’s Ryan Elmore shot a final-round 69 to finish second at the Georgia Open with a 71st.

Credit: Stan Autry

Credit: Stan Autry



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