Brookhaven, GA, July 6, 2016 – by Trey Benton – The 100th Georgia Amateur Golf Championship will be decided where the tournament began in 1916, at the Capital City Club‘s Brookhaven Course in Historic Brookhaven. Atlanta golfing great Bobby Jones won the inaugural event at the age of 14, marking the beginning of one of golf’s most storied and influential careers, 100 years ago.
Now a century later, a field of the top 144 amateur players in Georgia will begin their quest to “capture the Cup” at the Club’s Crabapple Course with 36 holes of individual stroke play. The 32 players with the lowest scores will then advance to the Brookhaven Course where the Championship will be decided in Match Play format. 2016 marks the sixth time the Championship has been held at the Capital City Club, according to the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA). The tournament will be held from July 11 through the 17th.
The Capital City Club was chartered in 1883 with the mission “to promote the pleasure, kind feeling and general culture of its members” in downtown Atlanta. The Brookhaven golf course was originally completed in 1911 as a nine-hole tract and was designed by English professional golfer and golf course architect Herbert Barker. Barker also designed another Atlanta course with a similar look and feel, the Druid Hills Golf Club. In 1915, when the club bought the land it had leased for a couple of years, the Capital City Country Club added another nine holes making it an 18-hole facility. The “clubhouse” was constructed in 1928.
The Brookhaven Course layout was changed from its original routing when it was renovated in 2009 by Bob Cupp, a renowned golf course architect and Brookhaven resident. The Club’s Crabapple course was designed by another one of golf’s top course architects, Tom Fazio. The course opened in 2002 and has held a number of prestigious tournaments such as the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championship series’ American Express Championship in 2004, and will host the 2017 United States Mid-Amateur Championship.
The Georgia State Golf Association is also celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year. The GSGA is an organization consisting of nearly 350 Member Clubs around the State comprised of private, public, semi-private, military and associate clubs. According to the GSGA, the organization has more than 73,000 individual men and women members.
To follow the progress of the tournament and to view full field scores and parings, visit the Georgia State Golf Association’s website here. Also see the Georgia State Golf Association’s spread on the 100th Georgia Amateur here.