Roswell, GA — Craig Stevens, teaching PGA professional at Steel Canyon Golf Club in Sandy Springs, won his firstYamaha Atlanta Open presented by Bushnell/Bolle at The Frog Golf Club in Villa Ricca. Stevens carded a final round of four-under par 68 for a two-day total of thirteen-under par 131, and won by a single shot over professionalWinston Trively of Crooked Oak Golf Course in Colquitt.
Stevens round got off to a rough start with a four-putt on the first hole for a double bogey 6, but then proceeded to make birdies on five of the next six holes to extend his lead to three shots after the outward nine. Stevens got up and down several times on the back nine for par, and added two birdies against one bogey for an inward score of one-under par 35 to hold off the hard charging Trively, who birdied five of his last seven holes. Trively carded rounds of 65 and 67 to capture solo second place at twelve-under par 132.
With the victory, Stevens not only won the state’s oldest golf tournament but also collected the first place check for $4,600. Noted amateur, Jack Hall of Ocean Forest Golf Club on St. Simons Island carded the low round of the day with a six-under par 66 to capture low amateur honors at eight-under par 136 and finished alone in fourth place. PGA teaching professional Clark Spratlin, of the Georgia Golf Center in Roswell, fired a final round of three-under par 69 to finish the championship at nine under par 135 and captured third place. For complete results and scores go to www.georgiapga.com
The Frog Golf Club opened in 1998, and plays as a par 72, measuring 6,969 yards. Brandy Jones is the head PGA professional, and Jimmy Gabel is the golf course superintendent.