Atlanta, GA —Assistant PGA Professional, Jin Chung of Château Élan Golf Club, played 97 holes over three days in blistering heat to capture the title today in the Georgia PGA Match Play Championship presented by Sweetens Cove Fine Bourbons, E-Z-GO, & Global Golf Sales, which was conducted at Atlanta Country Club in Marietta.
The 2021 National Assistant PGA Professional Champion Chung, was able to manage the heat and make it to the semis where he defeated Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Member Tim Weinhart, PGA of Alpharetta in the first semi-final match 3&1. “This match meant a lot to me because Tim was my very first swing coach when I moved to Georgia for seven years,” Jin said afterwards. In the other semi-final match, Assistant PGA Professional Francisco Bide of Capital City Club-Brookhaven in Atlanta, defeated another Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Member, Sonny Skinner, PGA from Sylvester by the score of 4&3.
In the afternoon Championship Match, Chung defeated Bide 3&2. Bide was able to take the lead with a birdie on hole 2 and again on hole 6 to go 2 UP. Chung then went on a run and was able to win four straight holes after halving hole 7 to go 2 UP thru 11. Chung was able to close out the match on the par 3, 16th hole with a par to win the match at 3&2. Throughout his six matches, Chung never played the 18th hole, winning all of the matches prior to the closing hole.
This is the first Georgia PGA “major” claimed by Chung. He also won the Georgia PGA Assistants’ Championship in 2020. For their efforts, Chung took home the first-place check of $2,600, while Bide received $1,800 as the runner-up.
ABOUT ATLANTA COUNTRY CLUB
Founded in 1964, the club members enjoy excellent golf, fine dining, a full-service fitness center, an Olympic size swimming pool, and social events. The golf course is located on picturesque rolling hills and Sope Creek, surrounded by historic Civil War sites. For over 50 years, Atlanta Country Club has reflected the traditions of golf, making it an extraordinary place its members can truly call a home away from home.
Since 1968, Golf Digest and other distinguished national publications have consistently ranked the ACC course as one of “America’s 100 greatest Golf Courses.” We have a rich history of tournament participation, having hosted PGA and USGA events, including the Atlanta Classic for 30 years.
ABOUT SWEETENS COVE FINE BOURBONS
It’s a 9-hole track at the end of a gravel road in the Sequatchie Valley. This breathtaking setting has been called golf’s “Field of Dreams.” A group of friends bought Sweetens Cove in 2019 knowing that, if golf had national parks, this would be one – a rare, magical place to be protected, preserved and shared. Today, it remains a public treasure and the end-point of pilgrimages for fanatics and aficionados.
Sweetens never had a clubhouse or even plumbing. But it was one of the most-acclaimed sporting experiences in the world and was building its own traditions. One of those – a celebratory shot of whiskey for first-timers on the first tee.
E-Z-GO, a global leader in the manufacturing of golf carts, utility vehicles, and personal transportation vehicles, started off as an idea in a small work-shop in Augusta, Georgia that is now recognized internationally as one of the most successful transportation companies in the golf industry. Since 1960, E-Z-GO has been part of Textron, one of the most renowned Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing of transportation vehicles and is committed to continuing their revolutionary work within the transportation and golf industries.
ABOUT GLOBAL GOLF SALES
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ABOUT THE GEORGIA PGA
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes over 860 PGA professionals working at over 260 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 35 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA’s primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print, radio, and television media.