Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston begins match play today at the Georgia State Amateur Golf Championship after shooting a 2-under par in the two-day group portion earlier in the week at the Capital City Club-Crabapple Course in Woodstock.
Ralston finished seventh out of 144 entries to make the match play cut of the top 32 finishers.
The University of Georgia signee shot a 5-under par to end day one tied for second, but struggled on the putting green on day two, shooting a 3-over par for a two-day total of 138 (2-under par).
“I hit the ball really well,” Ralston said. “I didn’t putt very well the second day, but I was still hitting the ball well.”
The match play portion will be played at Capital City Club-Brookhaven in Atlanta with the championship match being held on Sunday.
Ralston says he doesn’t have a whole lot of experience at match play simply because there hasn’t been a lot of opportunity to do so.
“Match play is a whole different game,” Ralston said. “You have to think about shot selection differently.
“You’re playing your opponent not the course.”
FORRESTER TAKES SIXTH AT QUAIL RIDGE IN MEMPHIS: North Hall High’s Bartley Forrester finished the Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament with 2-over 177 for sixth place at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Memphis, Tenn.
The rising junior opened with a 68 before firing a 72 on the second day. The third and final round was cut short due to rain with Forrester hitting a 2-over 37 through nine holes.
Forrester was three strokes off the lead of C.J. Easley, a rising sophomore from Oxford, Miss.