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Snellville's Fricke wins Georgia Open

POSTED: August 5, 2012 5:24 p.m.

Jonathan Fricke of Snellville shot a final round of two-under par 70 for a tournament total of five-under par 283 to win the 59th annual Georgia Open on sunday at The Legends at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

Fricke played solid golf throughout the week and finished with 16 birdies, tied for first in that catergory. For his efforts Fricke earned the first-place check of $6,000. During the check and trophy presentation Fricke credited his work with PGA professional Jeff Paton for making improvements with his golf swing. The duo has worked together for over 12 years. Paton is the Director of Golf at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta and also teaches the 2009 Georgia Open champion Roberto Castro of Alpharetta who is currently a rookie on the PGA Tour, as well as, several other touring professionals.

Matt Nagy of Kennesaw finished alone in second place after a final round of two-under par 70. Nagy shot a tournament total of four-under par 284. Eddie Lee of Duluth finished in third place at two-under par 286.

2010 Georgia Open champion Sam Del Val of Augusta carded a final round of two-over par round of 74 to finish at even par 288. Rounding out the top five was Joe Young of Cochran, who finished the championship at one-over par 289 after posting a final round of one-under par 71.

John Hopper of Eatonton, a rising senior at Gainesville State, fired a three-under par 69 to capture the low amateur honors by a single shot over noted amateur David Noll Jr. of Dalton. For the championship Hopper finished in a tie for sixth place at two-over par 290 for the championship with defending champion Jay McCluen of Forsyth and Billy Shida of Duluth.


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