“Anytime I can put myself in contention, that’s my goal every week … to have a chance on the back nine on the last round, and I had that opportunity, and they just didn’t fall,” he said. “I’m pleased with my consistency.”
Thompson, a two-time All-American selection, will lead Georgia into its spring opener this week at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. The Bulldogs have a loaded roster with fifth-year senior Spencer Ralston, Trent Phillips and Connor Creasy, who all qualified for the U.S. Amateur last summer, and sophomore Nicolas Cassidy, who was fifth in the 2020 Georgia Amateur.
“I’m ready to get back and travel with my teammates,” Thompson said. “Hopefully we can play well and win some tournaments. It will be a fun way to end my college career. … I think we can do some damage when it comes to the postseason. Right now we’re trying to build some confidence and momentum heading into the big part of our season.”
Kennesaw’s Coffee wins second title
Kennesaw State’s Connor Coffee shot a bogey-free 65 in the final round to win the Raines Company Intercollege in Florence, S.C. Coffee, a fifth-year senior from Peachtree City, shot rounds of 65-71-65 for his second collegiate victory.
Kennesaw State produced the low round of the week, but came up one shot short of winning, behind Middle Tennessee. The Owls shot 16-under 272 the last day and finished at minus-29 – both school records. Brock Healy finished sixth and Preston Topper tied for seventh.
Georgia State finished fourth at 15 under. Ashton Poole and Maxence Mugnier tied for seventh. …
Around the campus
The University of Georgia women finished third in the spring opener at the LTWF Heroes Intercollegiate in Sarasota, Fla. Caterina Don broke the school’s single-round scoring record with a 64 in the second round and wound up tied for third. …
Former Georgia Southwestern standout Vincent Norrman, now a grad transfer at Florida State, moved up to No. 11 in the world ranking when he won the Timuquana Collegiate. He was the 2020 Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year for Division II and competed in the Palmer Cup.
Anderson to assume GSGA presidency
The Georgia State Golf Association will have its annual meeting via Zoom on Saturday. The event will feature the induction of Charlie Anderson as president. Anderson, a member at the Atlanta Athletic Club, is a longtime volunteer and board member who served as co-chair – along with former GSGA president Glenn Cornell – for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship. Ralph Stokes, director of partnership marketing for the PGA Tour Superstore, also is expected to be approved as president-elect, which means he would be on target to become the organization’s first Black president in 2023.
Former Georgia PGA president Jim Arendt, the PGA professional at Bull Creek Golf course, picked up another honor. The mayor of Columbus designed Feb. 9 as “Jim Arendt Day” for his dedication to helping injured veterans recover through golf. Last month Arendt received the Georgia PGA’s Patriot Award.