Golf notes: Aces wild for Hamilton

Hamilton made his first hole-in-one on the fourth hole of the South Course, knocking in an 8-iron from 161 yards. He then followed it with another ace on the 14th hole of the North Course, this time a 6-iron from 183 yards. According to a 2000 Golf Digest study, the odds of a player making two aces in the same round is 67,000 to 1.

Hamilton, the 2007 Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year, is best known as a teaching professional. Among his students is two-time PGA Tour winner Jason Bohn.

Donn Perno and Brian Corn of the Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta didn’t produce the same theatrics, but they won the 27-hole tournament by three shots. Perno, the club’s head PGA professional, and Corn, the assistant professional, combined for 17 birdies and shot a 16-under par 90, beating the Reynolds Plantation team of Kevin Childers and Daniel Steele, who shot a 93.

PGA Tour

Former Georgia Tech All-American Bryce Molder keeps knocking on the door. He contended again at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial last weekend until being victimized by uncharacteristically poor putting in the final round. Molder, who shared the final-round lead with Brian Davis, closed with a 70 and fell into a tie for fifth. Molder shot a 62 in the second round, but managed only two birdies during the final round. It was the fifth top-10 of the season for Molder, who moved up to 45th in the FedEx Cup standings. ...

Zach Johnson's victory at Colonial was the seventh of his career; three have come in Texas and three have come in Georgia. Johnson moved from Iowa to Sea Island two years ago, some joked, because he made most of his money in Georgia. Does his latest success mean a move to the Longhorn State? "I moved to Georgia. I'm not moving to Texas ... I don't think," Johnson said. He took advantage of ideal conditions (no wind, receptive greens) and set a course record with his 22-under performance at Colonial. Johnson has now won at least one tournament in each of the last four seasons, a feat matched only by Phil Mickelson. ...

Stewart Cink has now made the cut in all 13 appearances at Colonial, the second most for players who have never missed the cut there. Gary Player was a perfect 17-for-17 during his career. ... Unless he changes his mind and attempts to qualify, Vijay Singh's streak of competing in 63 consecutive majors is about to end. Singh was not offered a special exemption into the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Singh told Golfweek, "I'm done qualifying."

Champions Tour

Larry Mize had his best finish of the season on the Champions Tour, as the Columbus resident tied for sixth at the Senior PGA Championship in Colorado. It was the second top-ten effort of the year for the former Masters champion, who has made the cut in all nine starts on the senior circuit.


Savannah's Brian Harman tied for third at the eGolf Tour's Grand Harbor Open in Ninety Six, S.C., and moved into the top five on the money list with earnings of $53,044. Alpharetta's Roberto Castro is No. 2 with earnings of $59,946. ... Former Valdosta State golfer Chris Erwin shot 59 in the second round of the recent NGA Hooters Tour's ADI Classic in Georgetown, Ky. Erwin couldn't follow the 59 and tied for 25th.

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