Congratulations to Jonathan Keppler on his victory in the 2019 Georgia Amateur Championship at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek course. Keppler is a native of a Marietta, a recent Florida State grad, and the son of local golf professional Stephen Keppler. And from the sound of his post-round interview, it sounds like he will soon give professional golf a go.
One thing is for sure, Settindown does not produce fluke winners, and Keppler stayed at or near the top through all four rounds. The course seemed to play tougher each day, with only 8 of 142 rounds on the weekend under par, with none in the 60s. To put the difficulty in perspective, Keppler shot 74-73 over the weekend and actually extended his lead.
In the end, his fast start of 68-66 set the tone for a winning score of -7, three strokes clear of Ansley’s Club Champion Tim Shaetzel, who birdied the final four holes in furious fashion to finish at -4, close enough to make Keppler think hard about the challenging tee shot at the Par-4 18th hole. But it was Keppler’s series of gritty par puts in the final round that made the difference. Only three other players finished the tournament under par, as Settindown once again flexed its muscles as a thorough test of golf.
Stay tuned for photographs of the final round coming soon.