Duluth, GA — Amateur Jacob Bayer of Lawrenceville won the seventh annual Championship at Berkeley Hills presented by Golf GameBook by two shots over eight-time Georgia PGA Player of the Year, Tim Weinhart of the Tim Weinhart Golf Academy at Heritage Golf Links. This is the fourth straight year that an amateur has captured the title.
Bayer, who had carded a first round of 69, started the day four shots behind the leader, amateur Joseph Jarrard of Dahlonega. Bayer carded a final round of 7-under par 65 for a tournament total of 10-under par 134 to capture his first win in a Georgia Section event. It was also the first time that Bayer has ever competed against professionals. He is a rising senior at Collins Hill High School, and has committed to play collegiately at Western Kentucky University. Bayer also took home the low amateur title as well. Jarrard finished in solo third place after firing a final round of even par 72.
Low professional honors went to PGA teaching professional Tim Weinhart. For his efforts, Weinhart earned $1,500. Rounding out the top five were former PGA Tour player Paul Claxton of Hawk’s Point Country Club in Vidalia and PGA head professional Hank Smith of Frederica Golf Club on St Simons Island who tied for fourth place at 6-under par. Defending champion Davin White was unable to defend his title this year due him turning professional and not being affiliated with the Georgia Section.
A special thank you to the members of Berkley Hills Country Club, PGA Director of Golf Shawn McKinnon and certified golf course superintendent Chris Purvis for all of their hard work this week.