UGA’s Phillips helps United States win Palmer Cup
University of Georgia senior Trent Phillips went 2-1-1 to help Team USA win the Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago. The U.S. team defeated the International team 33-27 in a Ryder Cup-style competition that includes male and female college players. It was the first victory for the U.S. since 2018.
Phillips defeated Adrien Dumont de Chassart of Belgium, who plays for Illinois, 4 and 3 on Sunday.
He teamed with LSU’s Latanna Stone for a 5 and 4 win over Penny Brown of Scotland and Allan Hill of Ireland in mixed foursomes. Phillips and Stone halved a match against Puwit Anupansuebsai and Virunpat Olankitkunchai of Thailand. Phillips and Nick Gabrelcik of North Florida lost 3 and 1 to Bo Jin of China and Joseph Pagdin of England.
Koch new director of instruction at Athletic Club
Shawn Koch is the new director of instruction at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He replaces Chan Reeves, who left this spring to join the staff at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.
Koch has spent the past 17 years as the PGA director of instruction at The Country Club of the South. He has worked with students of all levels, including those who play professionally.
Koch was the 2016 Georgia PGA Teaching Professional of the Year and the 2019 Georgia PGA Horton Smith Award winner for contributions to professional education.
Seven earn place in U.S. Junior Am
Myles Jones of Suwanee and Australian Adam Brady shared medalist honors in the second qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur. They both shot a 4-under 67 at the University of Georgia Golf Course and claimed a spot in the championship, July 19-24 at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst.
Ethan Gao of Alpharetta, Carter Loflin of Duluth and Parker Bell of Tallahassee, Fla., tied for third with 68s. Ward Harris of Vestavia Hills and Spencer Turtz of Charlotte shot 70 and nabbed the final two spots, beating Canton’s Connor Macmillan in a playoff. Jack Schoenberger of Alpharetta shot 72 and will be the second alternate.
Georgia’s best juniors take the stage
Many of Georgia’s top 18-and-younger golfers will be in Valdosta next week for the state’s premier junior competition. The 56th Georgia Junior will be played at Kinderlou Forest, and the 40th Georgia Girls’ Championship will be contested at Valdosta Country Club. The 54-hole tournaments will start Monday. Both events were canceled in 2020.
Brock Hoover of Woodstock won the 2019 championship at Augusta Country Club. He now is a member of the Augusta University golf team. LoraLie Cowart of Carrollton won the girls title at Savannah Quarters in Pooler. She will play for the University of Georgia this fall.
Athletic Club hosts KPMG junior clinic
Twelve-time LPGA winner Katherine Kirk will conduct a junior golf clinic Monday to kick off the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship activities at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The clinic will have 150 representatives from a variety of junior organizations and local programs.