July 10, 2005
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia signee Brian Harman of Savannah birdied three of his last eight holes and carded a final-round, three-under 68 to secure the 84th Annual Georgia Amateur Championship at The Savannah Golf Club on Sunday.
Harman, at eight-under 276, finished two strokes ahead of 2003 Amateur Champion David Noll of Dalton. Recent Georgia graduate and 2004 Georgia Amateur Champion David Denham of Tifton tied for sixth at even-par 284, while rising junior Chris Kirk tied for eighth at 285 and signee Michael Green of Augusta tied for 22nd at 292.
"I just wanted to play aggressively today," said Harman. "I can't believe how well I played today; I just can't describe it. This summer I haven't played well in third rounds, and even though I've done well in the final round I've usually been too far behind at that point. Today they gave me an opening, and it worked out."
Harman won back-to-back Georgia Junior Championships in 2002 and 2003 as well as the U.S. Junior Amateur title in 2003. A recent high school graduate, he will join the University of Georgia golf team this fall.
Harman becomes the first Savannah golfer to win the Georgia Amateur Championship in Savannah since 1917, when Noble Hardee won just the second Championship, which was also held at The Savannah Golf Club. He is also the first champion from Savannah since Tim O'Neal captured the title at Idle Hour Club in Macon in 1997.
Harman also becomes the first player in GSGA history to win both the Georgia Junior and Georgia Amateur titles. He won the Junior Championship in 2002 and 2003.
The Georgia Amateur Championship is conducted by the Georgia State Golf Association and brings together 156 of the state's best male amateur golfers for the prestigious state title first won by Bobby Jones in 1916. There were 130 qualifiers that joined 26 exempt players to make up the field. A total of 627 golfers entered the qualifying process, competing at 10 sites for the available places. The Championship format is 72 holes of stroke play over four days.