Rivermont wins Georgia Team Championship

STATHAM, Ga. (Oct 31, 2010) – Rivermont Golf and Country Club of Johns Creek won a scorecard playoff to edge first-round co-leader St. Ives Country Club of Duluth and win the 18th annual Georgia Team Championship at The Georgia Club.

The Rivermont team was in the middle of the pack – tied for 15th – after the opening round, but posted an even-par 213 in the final round (best three-of-four stroke play) to charge up the leader board and finish tied at the top with St. Ives. St. Ives scored a 218 in the final round and both teams finished at 4-under-par 351. The tiebreaker was the fourth (non-counting) score of the second round. Rivermont won the title as Mike Riley of Marietta carded a 77, and St. Ives’ fourth player was forced to withdraw midway through the round due to illness.

Rivermont’s Chris Cupit of Milton posted a 1-under-par 70, while Jeff Belk of Marietta carded 71 and Erik Martin of Alpharetta contributed a 72. For St. Ives, Scott Cunningham of Johns Creek posted a 70, while Rod Reed of Alpharetta and John Smith of Johns Creek each turned in 74s.

Defending champion Dalton Golf and Country Club was tied for third after the first round and remained in that position along with Cherokee Town & Country Club of Atlanta. Dalton’s David Noll Jr. was one of two players to shoot a field-low 67 on Sunday. He was matched by Michael Chambers of Alpharetta and Alpharetta Athletic Club-East of Milton, which finished tied for fifth with Reynolds Plantation of Greensboro, Cartersville Country Club and Hamilton Mill Golf Club of Dacula. Berkeley Hills Country Club of Duluth, which shared the first-round lead with St. Ives, dropped to a ninth-place tie with Summit Chase Country Club of Snellville.

The Georgia Club played to approximately 6,790 yards and a par of 71.

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