Miller makes top 10 spot at AJGA tourney

COVINGTON - Despite a valiant attempt at a comeback Wednesday, Covington's Tate Miller fell short of winning the Atlanta Junior Golf Association's 34th Grand Champions Tournament at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain on Thursday.

Miller, who was playing in the 18-hole Open Boys 15-18 division, finished the tournament fifth out of a field of 45 with a 19-over 235.

Ross Thomson of Marietta won the event, shooting a 3-over 219, including a final day score of 2-under 70.

Miller started the tournament with an 8-over 80 on Tuesday, but returned Wednesday to shoot a 4-over 76.

However, his final day of play started rough and stayed rough for the final 18 holes.

Starting with a double eagle on the first hole, Miller added three more bogeys to the front nine to make the turn with a 41.

Miller started the back nine with a par and a birdie on the par-5 11th hole.

But he was unable maintain the momentum, bogeying three of the last seven holes.

In the 18-hole Open Boys 13-14 division, Conyers' Harrison Elliott never got it on track after a 9-over 81 on the opening day Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Elliott found the course unyielding shooting three shots worse to head into the final day 21 shots over par.

The final day of play gave Elliott hope to turn things around going 1-under after the first three holes.

He started with a birdie on the par 4 first hole then added two pars.

But he quickly ran into trouble on the fourth hole. Elliott posted a nine on the par-4 hole. After parring the next two holes, he bogeyed the seventh and eighth hole before parring the next four straight.

The 13th hole proved to be unlucky as he bogeyed the hole. The 15th was even more ill-fated with a triple bogey.

Elliott finished the final two holes even with a birdie on the 17th and a bogey on the 18th.

Elliott placed tied for 14th with Marietta's Tanner Landry in a field of 29 golfers.

He finished the three-day tournament 24 shots behind division winner Shea Sylvester of Roswell, who led wire to wire.

Sylvester, who finished with a 7-over 223, beat out Suwanee's Garrett Marschke by one stroke.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils @newtoncitizen.com.