World Golf Hall of Famer Larry Nelson greeted competitors and handed out awards at the Larry Nelson Invitational.

Golf: Marist wins Larry Nelson; Auburn wins Trojan Invitational

Marist won the inaugural Larry Nelson High School Invitational at Atlanta Country Club. The War Eagles, led by Preston DeSantis and Owen Burden, shot a 297 to beat Westminster (303) and Harrison (306).

Marist got a 71 from DeSantis and a 72 from Burden. David Frank (75) and Matthew Larkin (79) rounded out the scores for the War Eagles. 

Westminster had five of its six golfers shoot in the 70s, including Sam Lape and Will Ostergard. Lape was co-medalist with Hart County’s Eli Scott; both shot 2-under 70. 

The tournament honored three-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Larry Nelson. The Atlanta Country Club resident watched the tournament presented trophies to the winners.

Auburn nips Columbus at Trojan Invitational

The Columbus duo of Ben Carr and Jonathan Parker finished one-two at the 19th Trojan Invitational at Sunset Hills in Carrollton, but it wasn’t good enough to derail Auburn for the team championship.

The Alabama team won its second big tournament in Georgia by shooting rounds of 300-292 for a 593. Auburn previously won the Hardaway Invitational. Davis Boon shot 148 and Garrison Guthrie shot 150 to pace the winners. 

Columbus finished six shots back at 599. Carr, who competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur last summer, was medalist after rounds of 71-67 left him at 6-under 198. Parker had rounds of 71-73 and finished three shots clear of Luke Phillips of Starr’s Mill, who had rounds of 76-71.

St. Pius, behind a 148 from Jack McDonald, was third at 605, followed by Starr’s Mill (613), Darlington (623), LaFayette (633), Colquitt County (640), Carrollton (654) and LaGrange (678). 

Harrison captures Billy Peak Invitational

Mike Leanos shot a 72 to pace Harrison to victory at the Billy Peak Invitational at Chateau Elan. Harrison shot a two-day total of 602 and defeated Marist by two shots. Logan Attaway shot 74 and Zach Womack and Charlie Smith each shot 77 for the Hoyas.

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