Waters to face Poteet in Atlanta Amateur Match Play final
Chris Waters
Chris Waters

MILTON, Ga. — The finalists have been determined at the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship. Chris Waters of Atlanta will face Dave Poteet of Suwanee for the 2015 title on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

The 97th playing of the annual competition is taking place at Atlanta National Golf Club, September 24-27.

Saturday consisted of four quarterfinal matches in the morning and two semifinals in the afternoon. In the first quarterfinal match, Mike Cromer of Peachtree Corners defeated Bob Royak of Alpharetta, 2 and 1. In the second quarterfinal match, Poteet defeated Brad Davis of Lawrenceville, 1 up.

Cromer and Poteet teed it up in the afternoon to decide who would advance to the championship match. Poteet took the lead on hole one, which he maintained through the first 12 holes. However, after birdies on 13 and 15, Cromer took a 2 up advantage. Poteet fired back and birdied the 16th and made par on the 17th to move the match to all square going into the last hole.

Two pars on the 18th extended the match into extra holes, which was followed by two more pars on the 19th. However, a birdie on the 20th hole secured Poteet his seat into the finals.

In the third quarterfinal match, Damon Stephenson of Atlanta defeated S.M. Lee of Buford, 2 and 1. Chris Waters of Atlanta secured the final spot in the semifinals after his win over Chris Hall of Kennesaw in the fourth quarterfinal match that ended 4 and 3.

Despite less than ideal weather conditions, Stephenson and Waters were both determined to secure a final spot into the Sunday championship match. Stephenson began the afternoon match with birdies on holes three, five, and seven and eagled the ninth to secure a 2 up advantage at the turn. Both Atlantans played the next four holes even par until Waters made a final dash for the finish line and birdied three of the last five holes to win the match 1 up.

ABOUT THE Atlanta Amateur Match Play

Entries: Open to male amateur golfers

Field: 120 players with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes

Format: Match play preceded by 18-hole stroke play qualifying. Low 31 and defending champion advance to match play.

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