Trio earns final qualifying spots for Georgia Open at Pinetree C.C.
by Adam Carrington
July 28, 2014 10:32 PM | 1780 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — McDonough’s George Perry along with Daniel Weinman and Ryan Clement of Atlanta, each shot 5-over-par 77s at Pinetree Country Club on Monday to secure the final three spots in the field of this week’s Tilted Kilt Georgia Open.

Known as the Georgia Open 2nd Chance Qualifier, the trio got an extra look of how Pinetree may play when the 144-player field tees off Thursday morning to begin the 72-hole event.

Perry made a 40-foot putt on the final hole to avoid falling into a playoff for the final spot.

“My caddy said to hit it hard enough to go in and it goes in,” said Perry, who has spent time on the NGA and Hooters mini-tours. “It made it on the number. That was my climax for the day.”

Perry struggled most of the morning. Seven bogeys in a span of 10 holes in the middle of his round left him near the cutline, but four closing pars secured his place in the tournament.

Weinman, an amateur golfer, was also willing to take a 77 if it ensured survival.

A birdie on the final hole earned him his entry. Weinman got it with a 155-yard 9-iron out of the rough to 8-feet.

“I feel great (about qualifying),” said Weinman, who is also a professional poker player. “I got in trouble with a couple of 3-putts and made some bogeys, but I birdied 18 and that was pretty awesome.”

Clement, who also plays on the Hopkins Tour, said he wasn’t satisfied with his round and had to sweat out the other players finishing.

With a tee shot out of bounds and a double bogey on 18, Clement didn’t like chances, but an eagle two holes earlier helped him stay clear of the field.

On the 505-yard, par-5 16th, Clement’s 3-wood off the tee caught a hill and was 215 yards from the green. He said he “crushed” a five iron on his second shot and the ball landed 9-feet from the flag. The eagle put him in good position

“I never tried to qualify for this,” Clement said. “I’m feeling lucky, like I just stole something.”

Tommy Swearingen of Marietta and Erik Dickerson of Kennesaw were the only local players playing for a spot and did not qualify.

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