SOUTHERN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
2000


Alpharetta, Ga. - Bell Hangs on to Capture Southern Junior

Jeff Bell of Plano, Texas held off a third round charge by Lance Goodson of Birmingham, Alabama to win the 28th Southern Junior Championship by a single stroke. 

Over the period June 13-15, 2000, mother nature and Crooked Creek Golf Club in Alpharetta, Georgia provided both beauty and splendid conditions for the 130 plus competitors, and they did not disappoint. 

Playing in the younger age division, but playing the same tees, young Brent Witcher of Duluth, Georgia posted the low round of the first day, a three under 69, to take the initial lead. The final number doesnít tell the whole story, however, as Witcher took a quadruple bogey 8 on the final hole. 

Lurking close behind was Luke List of Jasper, Georgia, who came in with a two under 70. Six players were at one under 71. 

The second day of play saw the eventual champion, Bell, blitz the field with a six under 66 and lead by two at the end of the day. Close on his heels was Luke List, who put a three under 69 with his opening 70. Witcher fell off the pace a little, posting a 73 and putting him at 142 with four others: Rhett Lewis of Douglas, Georgia, Chris Elliott, Bellís neighbor in Plano, Lance Goodson of Birmingham, and Adam Swope of Zephyrhills, Florida. 

Goodson started the final day five shots off the lead, but by the time the players were coming to the 18th hole, the lead had shrunk to a single stroke. Goodson, playing in the group just ahead of Bell, two putted the par 5 for a birdie to put the heat on Bell. Bell, however, was up to the challenge as he also reached the green in two strokes and two putted for a matching birdie and the one shot victory. I

In the younger age division, Witcher, who started the day with a four shot lead in his division, matched the even par round of 72 by Robert Castro of Alpharetta, Georgia and finished where he started at two under 214., a score that would have tied him for third place in the older division. 

A total of 128 players, representing 12 states, took part in the championship and all were totally impressed with the golf course and facilities of Crooked Creek and the hospitality shown by the staff. Participation breaks down as follows: 

Alabama 22 Kentucky 3 South Carolina 1
Arkansas 5 Louisiana 1 Tennessee 21
Florida 13 Mississippi 2 Texas 6
Georgia 46 North Carolina 7 Virginia 1

Leading scorers in the two age groups: 
13-14 Age Division Scores

Brent Witcher, Duluth, Ga.

69-73-72--214

Roberto Castro, Alpharetta, Ga.

72-74-72--218

Joshua Chong, Tucker, Ga.

81-75-72--228

Brett Lange, Atlanta, Ga.

76-75-77--228

Glenn Northcutt, Dothan, Ala.

78-73-78--229

Trent Leon, Dallas, Texas

76-80-77--233

Evan Willingham, Raleigh, N.C.

79-72-82--233

Patton Kizzire, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

83-78-74--235

Tyler Brown, Ponte Vedra Bch, Fla.

80-76-81--237

Collin O'Berry, Alpharetta, Ga.

77-82-80--239

Kaylor Timmons, Fort Payne, Ala.

79-80-82--241

Trey Denton, Canton, Miss.

81-83-79--243

Bo Farlow, Birmingham, Ala.

84-77-82--243

James Brannen, Clarksville, Tenn.

80-82-82--244

Philip Lee, Maryville, Tenn.

80-85-80--245

Brent Struthers, Baton Rouge, La.

85-82-83--250

James Clement, Mobile, Ala.

81-84-86--251

Wallace Palmer, Augusta, Ga.

83-82-90--255

Will Mitchell, Atlanta, Ga.

85-84-87--256

Matt McKnight, Augusta, Ga.

83-86-87--256

Grant Rafield, Birmingham, Ala.

89-84-87--260

15-17 Age Division Scores

 

Jeff Bell, Plano, Texas

71-66-71--208

Lance Goodson, Birmingham, Ala.

71-71-67--209

Derek Abel, Plano, Texas

73-71-70--214

Chris Elliott, Plano, Texas

73-69-73--215

Rhett Lewis, Douglas, Ga.

74-68-74--216

Luke List, Jasper, Ga.

70-69-77--216

Butler Melnyk, Jacksonville, Fla.

71-74-72--217

Adam Swope, Zephyrhills, Fla.

70-72-76--218

Andrew Medley, Athens, Ala.

74-75-70--219

Reid Waller, Athens, Ga.

74-75-70--219

Patrick Phillips, Athens, Ga.

73-74-74--221

West Streib, Atlanta, Ga.

73-73-75--221

Heath West, Dothan, Ala.

72-74-76--222

Ross Freeman, Garland, Texas

78-70-74--222

Ryan Greer, Knoxville, Tenn.

75-74-74--223

Tyler Leon, Dallas, Texas

76-75-73--224

John Brannen, Clarksville, Tenn.

75-78-71--224

Thomas Eller, Raleigh, N.C.

74-69-81--224

James Hodges, St. Simons Isl, Ga.

81-75-69--225

Pat Patterson, Sea Island, Ga.

77-78-70--225

Clint Cromwell, Savannah, Tenn.

76-75-74--225

Barry Londeree, Staunton, Va.

74-74-77--225

Ryan Blaum, Miami, Fla.

80-69-76--225

Bruner Binion, Mobile, Ala.

71-80-74--225

Christopher Gran, St. Simons Isl, Ga.

72-76-77--225

Nathan Turner, Birmingham, Ala.

73-71-81--225

Miles Honeycutt, Greenville, N.C.

77-74-75--226

Mac Lee, Brandon, Miss.

75-75-76--226

David Jeans, Florence, Ala.

71-74-81--226

Ashley Loyd, Acworth, Ga.

72-74-80--226

Bill Dukes, Orlando, Fla.

74-77-76--227

Walker Jamison, Atlanta, Ga.

71-79-77--227

Michael Daniels, Decatur, Ala.

83-70-75--228

Dustin Howard, Douglas, Ga.

76-76-76--228

Mark Donnell, Mobile, Ala.

72-79-77--228

Nathan Brown, Alpharetta, Ga.

76-77-76--229

Patrick Sullivan, Maumelle, Ark.

80-75-75--230

Matt Dugger, Madisonville, Ky.

76-74-80--230

Joe Morton, Waycross, Ga.

75-74-81--230

Drew Laning, Little Rock, Ark.

78-77-75--230

Will Cox, Paducah, Ky.

72-81-78--231

Justin Carter, Signal Mountain, Tenn.

78-74-80--232

Michael Himebaugh, Palm City, Fla.

81-73-79--233

Matt Genchi, Jupiter, Fla.

79-78-76--233

Marc E Schwarzberg, Boca Raton, Fla.

80-79-74--233

Tommy Suri, Miami, Fla.

75-79-79--233

Lake Lasseter, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

76-79-78--233

Scott Murray, Jacksonville, Fla.

78-77-78--233

Matthew Mincer, Lenoir City, Tenn.

76-79-79--234

Aaron Yarmuth, Harrods Creek, Ky.

78-77-79--234

Chase Deck, Ringgold, Ga.

79-79-76--234

Beau Bray, Dalton, Ga.

86-76-73--235

Graham McDaniel, Signal Mountain, Tenn.

77-83-76--236

Zack Phillips, Johnson City, Tenn.

80-81-75--236

Josh Nelms, Hixson, Tenn.

76-81-79--236

Jake Dreher, Birmingham, Ala.

77-85-75--237

Sung Back, Rossville, Ga.

84-80-73--237

Sam Audia, Huntsville, Ala.

87-76-74--237

Sasha Catron, Greeneville, Tenn.

81-80-76--237

Joe Peters, Watkinsville, Ga.

82-76-79--237

Sutton Barbrey, Raleigh, N.C.

77-88-73--238

Ben McClung, Ponte Vedra Bch, Fla.

73-81-84--238

Silas Sutton, Cartersville, Ga.

78-84-77--239

Whit Howard, Raleigh, N.C.

82-81-76--239

Josh Coley, Ooltewah, Tenn.

80-81-78--239

Josh Hackler, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

84-77-78--239

Charles Kozel, Alpharetta, Ga.

75-78-88--241

Blake Perry, Raleigh, N.C.

77-78-86--241

Nathan Hellwege, Bonaire, Ga.

78-84-79--241

 
An integral part of the Southern Junior, as well as the Southern Amateur, is recognition of the state that has four players post 36 hole combined scores that are lower than the best four players' combined score from any other state, and this constitutes the State Team Championship. The 2000 state team winner was Georgia with a team total of 569, represented by the following players:

Luke List, Jasper

139

Rhett Lewis, Douglas

142

Brent Witcher, Duluth

142

Robert Castro, Alpharetta

146