Georgia Cup: British Am champ Aldrich Potgieter defeats U.S. Am winner Sam Bennett
Time to make birdie: Aldrich Potgieter and Sam Bennett at The Georgia Cup
Time to make birdie: Aldrich Potgieter and Sam Bennett at The Georgia Cup

The Golf Club of Georgia continued its tradition of inviting the U.S. and British Amateur champions to play a pre-Masters tuneup.

Aldrich Potgieter of South Africa defeated Sam Bennett on Sunday, just days after capturing the prestigious Junior Invitational at nearby Sage Valley Golf Club.

Each player has his eyes on the bigger prize next week, as they try and make the 36-hole cut and compete for low amateur honors at The Masters.

Potgieter with The British Amateur trophy
Both the British Amateur and U.S. Amateur trophies were on site as the respective champions battled at the Golf Club of Georgia.

In the end, it was Potgieter continuing his good form and taking the match 5&4; the key stretch was his string of four consecutive birdies starting at the 8th hole.

The weather didn't cooperate; rain pushed back the start of the match 2 1/2 hours. Hopefully the weather clears out and cooperates for both the ANWA and The Masters.

ABOUT THE Georgia Cup

Established at The Golf Club of Georgia in 1998, The Georgia Cup annually brings together the reigning United States Amateur and British Amateur Champion for an 18-hole match in advance of the Masters.

Over the years, The Georgia Cup has grown from an intimate Club event to a unique amateur championship known on both sides of the Atlantic. The event benefits the Yates Scholarships and the Moncrief Turfgrass Scholarships of the GSGA Foundation, as well as the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The Georgia Cup presents a special opportunity for galleries attending at The Golf Club of Georgia. In the spirit and intimacy of the Walker Cup matches, fans can walk with the players, unhindered by gallery ropes, enjoying a unique perspective.

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