Ga Amateur underway

By Doug Gorman


Local golfers David Womack, of McDonough, and Clayton State's Wade Benefied finished their first round at the Georgia Amateur in Columbus on Thursday afternoon.

Womack comes into the second round one over par after shooting a 72 for the tournament's first 18 holes.

Womack was three over par for the first nine holes on Thursday, but made up some ground on the back nine at the Country Club of Georgia.

Womack birdied the par-4 12th hole and the par-3 No. 16 en route to his his first-round score.

Womack's amateur golf career includes winning the Mid-Amateur Championship and receiving an invitation to t he Masters as an amateur.

The former Georgia State and Eagle's Landing High School golfer is tied at 27th overall.

Benefied finished his round tied for 56th place after shooting a 3-over par.

The Clayton State golfer bogeyed the fifth hole and doubled bogeyed the seventh hole during his first round.

Benefield picked up birdies on 11th, 17th and 18th holes, but also boogied 15 and 16 during his trip around the back nine.