Harris English, 2007 Champion at Ansley Golf Club - Settindown Creek
Today I head north to Roswell for my ninth Georgia Amateur Championship, one as a player, one as a fan, and this will be my seventh with a camera. So here is a quick look back at the past six that I have photographed. It started with a bang as Harris English won in 2007 at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown course. This is his approach shot to the 72nd hole. He would bogey to fall to Even, and then wait in the clubhouse for the leaders under par to implode, which they did.
Russell Henley, 2008 Champion at Idle Hour
In 2008 Russell Henley won at his home club of Idle Hour in Macon, in a duel with his friend, UGA teammate and defending champion Harris English. This photograph shows him on the 17th green of the final round, with a large gallery of hometown folks cheering him on.
Russell Henley, 2009 Champion at CC of Columbus
Russell Henley defended his title in another Duel of The Dawgs, outlasting Harris English in record breaking fashion. After the tournament, both players promised to return the following year in their last summer as amateurs. Instead, they both skipped the tournament in search of Walker Cup points in national events, and a third duel was not to be.
Lee Knox, 2010 Champion at The Landings
In one of the cooler moments I’ve witnessed at a golf tournament, Lee Knox won in 2010, playing in the final group with his father and decorated Tour Mid Am legend Jeff Knox.
Lee Knox, 2012 Champion at Ansley Golf Club - Settindown Creek
The Georgia Am returned to Settindown in 2012 in Ansley Golf Club’s centennial year. This mini-fist pump followed his eagle putt on the ninth hole of Saturday’s third round, as the GSGA had moved the tees up to offer a driveable Par 4. Lee Knox took the risk and was rewarded the following day with his second title in three years.
Colin Bowles, 2016 Champion at Capital City Club
In the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship, the GSGA made the brilliant move to contest the tournament in Match Play format, in honor of Bobby Jones who had won the first Georgia Am at Capital City. This photo shows Colin Bowles winning on the final hole over current UGA player Spencer Ralston, with Capital City’s splendid clubhouse in the distance. Someone will make history again today, and I’ll be there to show it to you.