Roswell, GA — Jacob Bayer, a rising red-shirt junior at Georgia Southern University carded a final round of five under par 67 for a two-day total of eight under par 136 to win the 11th annual The Championship at Berkeley Hills Country Club. It marks the second time that Bayer of Lawrenceville has won this tournament. He previously won in 2016 after completing his senior year in high school at Collins Hill High School.
PGA assistant golf professional Richard Swift of Berkeley Hills Country Club and amateur John Lichtenwalner of Cumming tied for second place at five under par 139. Lichtenwalner fired the low round of the championship with a six under par 66, including a stellar 31 on his closing nine holes.
For his efforts Swift won the low professional honors first place prize money of $1,700. There was a four-way tie for fourth place between PGA Professionals Matt Elliott of Achasta Golf Club, Robert Long of the King & Prince Golf Club, and amateurs Josh Edgar of Atlanta and Stephen Kinsel of Sugar Hill.
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes nearly 890 PGA professionals working at over 265 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 20 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.