Staff Photo: Manny Fils. Quin Murphy, a rising sophomore at Eastside, watches his ball sail to the green during the Atlanta Junior Golf tournament in the 18-hole Open Boys 15-18 division on Tuesday at Cherokee Run Golf Club.
CONYERS -- The Atlanta Junior Golf tournament came back to the east metro area, where several local players took advantage of the short drive to compete at Cherokee Run Golf Club on Tuesday.
Covington's Quin Murphy, a rising sophomore and a member of Eastside's golf team, had the best score of the local players, finishing second in the 18-hole Open Boys 15-18 division. Murphy shot an 8-over 80 to finish behind Atlanta's Drew Wagner, who bested him by three strokes, as Wagner shot a 5-over 77.
It wasn't all bad for Murphy as he had an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole, a birdie on the par-4 14th hole and six pars. Unfortunately for Murphy, he also had nine bogeys and a double bogey for the day.
Trent Winter, a Conyers resident and a student at Heritage, had a birdie on the par-3 11th hole in the 18-hole Club Boys 15-18 division. He finished the day shooting a 26-over 98. Winning the division was Lawrenceville's Brenden Reese, who had an 18-over 90.
In the 9-hole Club Boys 12-under division, Alexander Goldman and Joshua Beckman, both from Conyers, each shot 19 strokes over par to get a final score of 55. Goldman had the only under-par hole between the two, getting a 1-under on the par-4, seventh. Tying for the low round were Atlanta's Jordan Secret and Owen Burden who each had a 10-over 46.
Other winners included Snellville's Conner Dickinson (12-over 84 in the 18-hole Club Boys 13-14), Atlanta's Will Duma (11-over 83 in the 18-hole Open Boys 13-14), Atlanta's Joe Regas (16-over 52 in the 9-hole Club Boys 13-over), Adairville's Courtney Cochran (15-over 87 in the 18-hole Club Girls 7-18) and Atlanta's Kelsey Kurnett (13-over 49 in the 9-hole Club Girls 7-18).
Former Eagle at United States Amateur Public Links Championship
Georgia College rising junior Taylor Smith of Mansfield, an Eastside graduate and former member of the Eagles golf team, qualified to play in the United States Amateur Public Links Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
Smith qualified with a two-round score of 137 shooting 69 and 68 in the qualifying round at Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton.
Smith started qualifying on Tuesday shooting a 4-over 74 in the opening round and, as of press time, was at 3-over for the first nine of his 36 holes of golf. He was tied for 30th with a score of 7-over par in a field of 155 golfers. The projected cut is 11-over for the first 36 holes. The finals are scheduled for July 2. The winner of the United States Amateur Public Links Championship earns a spot in next year's U.S. Open.