Jimmy Beck wins Georgia Amateur Championship

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 14, 2013 

Georgia State Golf AssociationFormer Columbus High golfer Jimmy Beck holds the trophy after winning the state amateur Sunday.

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Winning golf tournaments is nothing new for Jimmy Beck, who has won junior, high school and college tournaments. But none of those compared to capturing the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday at Pinetree Country Club.

Beck, who started Sunday's final round two shots back, shot a 2-under-par 69 Sunday to finish at 1-over 285, two shots better than Travis Williamson of Brunswick.

"It is truly a humbling experience," Beck said. "It is such an honor to have my name on the same trophy as Bobby Jones and so many other great players.

"I guess I am just soaking it in."

Beck won the state amateur on the course he plays on a regular basis as a member of the Kennesaw State golf team.

"It helped so much," Beck said. "But it really didn't play like it does when we play it every day.

"They grew the rough out pretty good."

Beck also said he received a lot of support from his KSU coaches and teammates as well as members at Pinetree.

Beck made five birdies and three bogeys in his round. But it was one birdie that was the key to the round, according to Beck.

Beck almost drove it out of bounds on No. 6 as the ball stayed in by only a yard. Using a hybrid, Beck hoped to get the ball into the greenside bunker, but found the green instead, nearly holing out the shot. He made his putt for birdie, one of two straight.

"Going into the round, I knew it wasn't going to take a really low round to win," Beck said. "I just wanted to play my normal game and keep it around par, just grind it out."

The third-round leader, David Noll Jr. of Dalton, shot a second-straight 76. He finished tied for sixth at 6 over.

Beck's 1-over score was the highest for any Georgia Amateur winner since 1993 when Carter Mize of Columbus also won at 1 over.

Beck's teammate at Columbus High and now at Kennesaw State Jonathan Klotz finished tied for 11th at 8 over after a 73 Sunday.

A pair of former Brookstone golfers also played in the event. Parker Derby, who will be startung at Georgia in the fall, finished in a tie for 30th at 297, and Robert Mize, who now plays for Columbus State, finished at 303 and in a tie for 46th.

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