DeWitt Weaver leaves legacy of golf success, kindness

DeWitt Weaver and Sheri Weaver were married 58 years. DeWitt Weaver died March 18, 2021, at age 81. He won two times on the PGA Tour and once on the PGA Senior Tour.
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DeWitt Weaver and Sheri Weaver were married 58 years. DeWitt Weaver died March 18, 2021, at age 81. He won two times on the PGA Tour and once on the PGA Senior Tour.

Credit: Photo courtesy of Georgia PGA

Credit: Photo courtesy of Georgia PGA

DeWitt Weaver won two events on the PGA Tour and another one on the Senior Tour, won the Georgia Open four times and was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. But unless you asked him about it, you would never know.

“He was one of the most normal guys who’s ever won on the PGA Tour,” said John Bryan, former executive director of the Georgia PGA. “He was so down to earth. He would come out and play in our section events and he was just one of the guys.”

Weaver died in his sleep from heart failure March 18. He was 81.

Weaver was considered a long hitter for his time and was one of the game’s best ball strikers. He competed on the PGA Tour from 1967-76 and won the 1971 PGA Match Play Championship and the 1972 Southern Open, but curtailed his schedule to help wife, Sheri, raise four children -- they were married 58 years -- and took a club-professional job at Sea Palms on St. Simons Island. He joined the Senior Tour when he turned 50 and won the 1991 Bank One Senior Classic.

Former professional golfer DeWitt Weaver.
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Former professional golfer DeWitt Weaver.

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Credit: Photo provided

He remained active in the Georgia PGA Section, where he was twice named Georgia PGA Player of the Year. He was recipient of the President’s Award in 2009. He is one of four Georgia PGA members with a career grand slam, which includes six Georgia PGA Championships, a record four Georgia Opens, two Atlanta Opens and Georgia Match Play Championship.

Jack Nicklaus said, “Barbara and I are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend DeWitt Weaver. He was a truly wonderful man, and I was blessed to be able to call him a close friend for a very long time. We played a lot of golf together, and I thoroughly enjoyed our time on the course and off. Our hearts go out to Sheri and their entire family. The world lost a terrific champion and even better friend in DeWitt Weaver, and he will be greatly missed.”

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Savannah hosts Korn Ferry event

The Korn Ferry Tour makes its only Georgia appearance this week when the Club Car Championship at The Landings is played on the Deer Creek Course in Savannah. The 156-player field includes defending champion Evan Harmeling and runner-up Kevin Dougherty, who dueled in a playoff in October when the tournament was rescheduled from the spring because of COVID-19.

The field includes 18 of the top 25 in the Korn Ferry Standings, led by No. 3 Davis Riley, who would earn a battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour with a win.

There are six Georgia Tech players in the field (Anders Albertson, J.T. Griffin, Paul Haley, Seth Reeves, Ollie Schniederjans and Nicholas Thompson), two from Georgia (Erik Compton and Joey Garber), one from Clayton State (Wade Binfield) and one from Armstrong Atlantic (Shad Tuten).

Savannah’s Reed Lotter, 16, will get his first start in a Tour-sanctioned event. He is the eighth-youngest to compete in a Korn Ferry Tour event.

Georgia's Davis Thompson, here at the 2021 Tiger Invitational Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, has been added to the watch list for the prestigious Haskins Award.
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Georgia's Davis Thompson, here at the 2021 Tiger Invitational Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, has been added to the watch list for the prestigious Haskins Award.

Credit: Shanna Lockwood

Credit: Shanna Lockwood

Around the campus

University of Georgia standouts Davis Thompson and Trent Phillips are on the watch list for the Haskins Award, which honors the player of the year in college golf. Vincent Norrman, a Georgia Southwestern grad currently competing at Florida State also is on the 15-man list. Thompson was named SEC co-Golfer of the Week after he shared medalist honors at the Tiger Invitational. Thompson retained his spot at No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and leads the SEC with a 69.5 stroke average. …

Georgia Tech is making its first appearance in The Goodwin, a 26-team event held at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto. … Georgia will compete at the Old Waverly Collegiate in West Point, Miss. … The Georgia State men will compete in the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, which concludes Monday. …

The Georgia women finished fifth in the 49th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic held at the UGA Golf Course. The Bulldogs’ top finisher was Jo Hua Hung, who tied for 16th. No. 1-ranked South Carolina won the event by two shots over No. 6 Ole Miss.

Jack Roberts and Katie Barber of St. Mary’s won the gross division of the GSGA’s Mixed Team Championship at Sea Island Golf Club.
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Jack Roberts and Katie Barber of St. Mary’s won the gross division of the GSGA’s Mixed Team Championship at Sea Island Golf Club.

Credit: Georgia State Golf Association

Credit: Georgia State Golf Association

Roberts, Barber win GSGA Mixed Team title

Jack Roberts and Katie Barber of St. Mary’s won the gross division of the GSGA’s Mixed Team Championship at Sea Island Golf Club. The duo shot a 3-over 145 to beat Kit Creighton and Ty Hampel of Atlanta by two shots. Lisa and Mike Justice of Duluth won the net division at 12-under 130, two strokes better than Belinda and Don Marsh of Johns Creek. The first round was modified alternate shot and the second round was a four-ball.

Miscellaneous

The team of Robert Holland, Hannah Holland, Devin James and Kyle Lairsey shot a 16-under 56 to win the Georgia State Park Cup qualifier at Hard Labor Creek in Rutledge. The quartet earned a spot in the championship weekend at Arrowhead Pointe on May 7-8. … George Spears of Marietta posted the rarest golf achievement with a double-eagle at Governors Towne Club in Acworth. Spears holed a 207-yard 5-wood on par-5 16th hole.