Tide Golfer Wins Georgia Amateur

Savannah, Ga. – University of Alabama golfer Lee Knox fired a final round 3-under-par 69 to overcome a two-shot deficit and capture the Georgia Amateur Championship Sunday at The Landings Club's Deer Creek Course in Savannah, Ga.

Knox finished the tournament at 5-under-par 283, one shot ahead of Chase Parker, who recorded a competitive course record, 7-under-par 65, in the final round to end the tournament at 4-under-par 284.

Knox began the day at 2-under, two strokes behind 54-hole leader and The Landings' reigning club champion, Doug Hanzel. With Hanzel shooting a 1-over-par final round of 73, the Championship was decided on the final two holes between Knox and Parker, fellow Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team members and Augusta natives.

On the par-3 17th hole, Knox held a two-shot lead over Parker, but a wayward tee shot resulting from windy conditions left Knox with an unplayable second shot in a hazard left of the green. Knox was forced to take a drop and converted the up-and-down to save bogey and retain a one-shot lead with one hole to play.

After a drive on the par-4 18th that left him only a wedge shot to the green, Knox had to wait out a 1 hour, 19 minute lightning delay. When play resumed, Knox hit his approach within 25 feet of the pin and two-putted for the par and the win.

Knox competed as a redshirt freshman in 2009-10 for Alabama. He played in 10 tournaments and picked up his best finish of the year, a tie for 16th, at the SEC Championships. Knox is the second Tide golfer this summer to capture their state's amateur title joining Hunter Hamrick who won the Alabama Amateur in June.

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