Stellar final nine lifts KSU’s Jimmy Beck to Georgia Amateur title
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Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck kisses the Georgia Amateur championship trophy after shooting a final round 69 to win the title on Sunday.
Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck kisses the Georgia Amateur championship trophy after shooting a final round 69 to win the title on Sunday.
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KENNESAW – Jimmy Beck probably had one advantage over other competing golfers atop the leaderboard of the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday – he knew the course really well.

The familiar surroundings worked to his benefit during the final round. The Kennesaw State golfer, who practices year-round with his team at Pinetree Country Club, was tied for fourth going into Sunday’s final round.

He saved his best for last by shooting a 2-under-par 69 to claim the championship with a 1-over par, 285 total.

Beck was also the lone golfer to break 70 on Sunday.

“Oh man, I’m still soaking it in,” Beck said. “It feels amazing. I got so much support this week. It’s just an awesome feeling to come out of here with a win. I’m really happy. I don’t know what to say.”

Travis Williamson of Brunswick, who was paired with Dalton’s David Noll Jr., a two-time champion, and Purcell in the final group, shot 72 for the third straight day to finish two strokes behind Beck in second place with a score of 3-over par, 287.

Georgia golfer Sepp Straka and David Watts of Chatsworth shot even-par 71s to tie for third alongside Jeff Knox of Augusta, who finished with a 73.

Noll, who led after the first three rounds, missed his chance to become only the fifth player in tournament history to win the event three times after he shot 76 for the second straight day and fell to sixth. Ridge Purcell of LaGrange settled for 75 Sunday to tie Noll at sixth after shooting 69 Saturday and Jake O’Bryan of Athens was also sixth after shooting 72.

David Stephenson and Cameron Hooper, both of Atlanta, shot 70 Sunday to tie for ninth overall.

For Beck, the sixth hole, a 448-yard, par-4, ended up being the turning point. After starting his round on the back nine, he was even par for the day after 14 holes and one stroke behind Williamson for the lead. That was until he hit a 200-yard approach with a hybrid to 3-feet to set up a key birdie.

“That was the birdie of the century for me,” Beck said. “I was just trying to hit it over that bunker.”

Beck also birdied No. 7 after rolling in a 12-foot uphill putt. He played his final nine holes in 3-under 33 to claim the title.

Williamson had the lead until an erratic tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole led to a double bogey and took him out of contention. Although he responded with a birdie on No. 9 to end his round, it wasn’t enough to reclaim the lead.

“I made one bad swing back there and it cost me,” Williamson said.

Noll, who won the tournament the last time it was played at Pinetree in 2003, struggled over the weekend after shooting 67 and 71 in the first two rounds.

He was just 1-over at the turn, and tied for the lead Sunday before five bogeys on his final nine cost him a shot at the championship. He had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4 before finishing the round with three straight.

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