GAINESVILLE, GA (June 11, 2012) -- Mild temperatures, overcast conditions with an occasional afternoon shower highlighted the first round of the Yamaha Atlanta Open presented by Bushnell/Bolle & Bridgestone Golf at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville. Russ Davis, PGA Director of Instruction at the Cherokee Town & Country Club, made 6 birdies against two bogies and went on to fire 4-under par 68 to pace the field.
There is a five-way tie for second place at three-under par 69 which includes some of the finest players in the Georgia Section headed by three former player of the years; Stephen Keppler of Marietta Country Club, 2008 Yamaha Atlanta Open champion Matt Peterson of the University of Georgia Golf Course, and Jeff Hull of Watkinsville. 2007 Yamaha Atlanta Open champion, amateur Bob Royak of Duluth, also fired a three-under par 69 along with PGA head professional Jimmy Marston of Highland Country Club in LaGrange.
Defending champion Craig Stevens, PGA teaching professional at Brookstone Country Club in Acworth is in a tie for 7th place. Stevens rebounded with a fine round of two-under par 70 after being accessed a two-stroke penalty for being late to the 10th tee, which was his starting hole in the first round.
Eleven players fired a two-under par round of 70 headed by 2000 Yamaha Atlanta Open Champion and Champions Tour player James Mason of Dillard, 2003 Yamaha Atlanta Open champion Greg Lee of Chicopee Woods Golf Course in Gainesville and Sonny Skinner of River Pointe Golf Course in Albany.
PGA head professional, Eric Reeves of Healy Point Country Club in Macon, made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard par three third hole and went on to shoot a round of 71.
The Yamaha Golf-Car Company has been a long time supporter of the Georgia Section and serves as the title sponsor of the Atlanta Open, the Georgia Senior Open, and the Georgia PGA Match Play Championship. Yamaha Golf-Car Company has based its North American headquarters in Newnan, located off I-85 in south metro Atlanta, since 1987. It has developed into the largest employer in Coweta County, with more than 1300 employees.
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes nearly 840 PGA professionals working at over 265 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 20 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA's primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print, radio, and television media.
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