Union Grove grad Justin Connelly makes history with winning performance at Georgia Amateur Championship

Union Grove grad Justin Connelly won the Georgia State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship in 2017, breaking the tournament scoring record previously held by current PGA Tour player Russell Henley. (Special Photo: Justin Connelly)

Five McDonough residents are among the field at the Georgia State Golf Association’s 99th Georgia Amateur Championship, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Two of the locals in the events are past state amateur champions, Rick Cloninger (the 1999 winner) and Justin Connelly (the 2017 winner). They are joined by fellow McDonough residents Jarod Edwards, Jake Maples and Keith Watkins.

The event will be played for the first time on the club’s Highlands course, which will play to a par 71 at 7,181 yards. Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course hosted the state amateur in 1995.

Marietta resident Jonathan Keppler, who won the 2019 title, isn’t in the field this year.

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