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VIDEO: Wright Waddell takes the Georgia Senior Match Play
Host course the Green Island Country Club <br>(GSGA Photo)
Host course the Green Island Country Club
(GSGA Photo)

COLUMBUS, GA (April 14, 2017) - Wright Waddell of Columbus, playing at his home club, defeats Mark Nickerson of Roswell, 3 and 2, to win the Georgia Senior Match Play Championship. The sixth edition of this event took place at the beautiful Green Island Country Club, April 11-14.

Waddell made his way to the finals with wins over Mark Benefield of Peachtree Corners (6 and 5) in the round of 16, and Frank Remmes of Lilburn (2 and 1) in the quarterfinals, and Alan Thielemann of Woodstock (4 and 2) in the semifinals. Waddell was the low medalist after stroke play qualifying and earned the number one seed.

Nickerson made his way through the bracket with victories over Allen Peake of Macon (1 up) in the round of 16, and Donny Phillips Jr. of Suwanee (3 and 2) in the quarterfinals, and Jack Kearney of Peachtree City (4 and 2) in the semifinals. Nickerson earned the number ten seed after stroke play qualifying.

With the victory, Waddell earns an exemption into the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship, which will be played at Cartersville Country Club, May 19-21.

David Nell of Sharpsburg won the title in the Super Senior division. He defeated Bill Evans of Columbus (2 and 1) in the final match. Nell advanced to the finals with big wins over Kenneth Coolik of Columbus (3 and 2) in the round of 16, and Brian Johnston of Peachtree Corners (3 and 2). In the semifinals Nell defeated Ernie Venet of Moultrie (1 up). Nell earned the number three seed in the bracket after stroke play qualifying.

To advance to the finals, Evans had wins over Mitsuji Ogawa of Columbus (2 and 1) in the round of 16, and Dan Rhoads of Flowery Branch (2 and 1) in the quarterfinals. Evans defeated Joe Whisenant of Roopville (4 and 3) in the semifinals. Evans earned the number twelve seed after stroke play qualifying.

ABOUT THE Georgia Senior Match Play

Open to male amateur golfers age 55 or older for the Senior Division and age 65 or older for the Super Senior Division as of the first day of the competition.

Field: 120 players with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes

Format: Match play preceded by 36 holes of stroke play qualifying; low 16 players advance to match play in both divisions if there are at least 32 entries in that division; otherwise, eight players.

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