O'NEAL SNAGS TOP SPOT AT ATLANTA AMATEUR CHALLENGE
June 30, 2012
Article Courtesy Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
Braselton, GA (June 28th, 2012) – The Atlanta Collegiate Amateur Challenge was the third event held in the Hurricane Collegiate Amateur Series. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week collegiate players came from all corners of the southeast region, including Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee, to compete in the event. These thirty one (31) young men and women battled it out, for three rounds, on the Chateau Course at the Chateau Elan Golf Club. Colleges and Universities Represented:
North Greenville University, Darton College, Mercer University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Lynn University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina at Lancaster, Berry College, Maryville College, Georgia Southern University, University of Florida, University of Redlands, Southern Polytechnic State University, Wofford College, Lee University, Florida Southern University, Daytona State University, St. Leo University, Brewton-Parker College, Western Georgia University
The top place in the Men’s Collegiate Division was taken by Josh ONeal of Simsponville, SC and current student of North Greenville University. ONeal finished the tournament with an impressive score of +1. ONeals three day tournament score came to a total of 214 (69+76+69), this total was enough to secure ONeal a five (5) stroke victory over the next closest competitor. ONeal stayed consistent throughout the tournament, using an impressive eleven (11) birdies and the lowest par 4 average (4.06) in the Men’s division to edge out his competition. ONeal was near the top in almost every stat category, including a par 5 average below par (4.78), a par 3 average of even par (3.00), and finally ONeal had the second most par breakers with 20.4%.
The runner-up in the Men’s Division was Colin Monagle from Jacksonville, FL. This second place finish marks Monagle’s second top-three finish in as many starts. Monagle took third place honors last week at the World Golf Village Championship. The score of +6 over that earned Monagle second place was achieved by three consistent scores of 74, 72, and 73. Monagle carded eight (8) birdies during the course of the event, giving him a par breaking average of 14.8%. Much of Monagle’s current success can be attributed to his par 4 performance. At the Atlanta Collegiate Amateur Challenge Monagle had a par 4 average of 4.12%, which was second best in the Men’s Division and only to be outdone by the event’s champion. Rounding out the top three is Tae Kim of Darton College. This young man from Duluth, GA recorded a +7 (70, 73, 77) for the tournament, finishing just one stroke shy of Monagle. Kim used a tournament high eleven (11) birdies and 22.2% par breaking average to earn him the final spot in the award ceremony.
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