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Pro golf returns to Eagle’s Landing

 

By Alex Welch 
Assistant Editor 

  Professional golf returned to Eagle’s Landing Country Club last week, as the NGA Pro Golf Tour held its first tournament at the Stockbridge golf course. The Eagle’s Landing Classic saw 165 golfers in action over the four-day event.

Atlanta native Brent Witcher practices a few putts before teeing off at the Eagle’s Landing Classic.              Photo by Alex Welch

  Todd Barbee, Senior Tournament Director said Eagle’s Landing was a great location to hold the tournament. The NGA Tour found its way to Henry County as the result of a relationship with Eagle’s Landing’s new general manager, David Ford.

  “We’ve had a relationship with David Ford. He was the general manager at a course in Columbia, SC. I called him when I found out he was at Eagle’s Landing. He said they were interested and we went from there. A lot of our relationships are more with people as opposed to golf courses,” said Barbee.

  Barbee said the NGA Tour would “love to come back” to Stockbridge. The future of the tournament will depend on sponsorship money, but Barbee remains impressed with the grounds and facilities.

  “It’s a fantastic layout. It has a lot of character. It’s a good test for our players. It’s in great shape and well manicured. Just overall a fantastic golf course,” said Barbee.

  The final round on Sunday came down to the wire in the Eagle’s Landing Classic. Jonathan Randolph rallied from five strokes back to catch Rick Cochran III at 14-under, forcing a playoff. After the two pared hole No. 18, Randolph birdied the next hole in the playoff to capture the title.

  “They set the course up really tough. I was fortunate enough to catch the leader. It was one of the best rounds I played all year,” said Randolph. “I was very impressed. It’s a really good golf course. Every hole is different. Obviously there’s some history there. You can tell it’s a championship course.”

  Randolph now has three titles on the NGA Tour. He earned $22,450 for his latest victory. While he’s played a wide range of courses, he said Eagle’s Landing stands out so far on the season.

  “It’s the best course that we’ve played all year by far, just from a facility standpoint and the professionalism of the staff. It’s a top-notch facility,” said Randolph. “It was a good test of skill for everybody. For us to get to play better courses in the year is great.”

 

 

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