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Established in 1990, The Golf Club of Georgia has made an impressive statement both competitively and through its course conditions, consistently recognized as one of the finest 36-hole golf clubs in the country. Since 1998 The Golf Club of Georgia has hosted The Georgia Cup, an 18-hole charity match between the reigning United States Amateur Champion and British Amateur Champion, televised currently by Comcast Sports Southeast. Since 2006 the Club has hosted The United States Collegiate Championship, featuring the nation's top college golf teams and televised by Comcast Sports Southeast. From 1995-2000 the Club was the site of the Senior PGA Tour's Nationwide Championship, televised by ESPN and won by Hall of Famer Hale Irwin in its final two years. The Club also has hosted the Georgia Amateur Championship, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying and the NCAA East Regional Championship. The Club's Lakeside Course, designed by Arthur Hills, won Golf Digest's prestigious “ Best New Private Course in America” award in 1991. The Creekside course, also designed by Arthur Hills, was opened for play in June, 1993.

 

The Golf Club of Georgia through the years:

1991

Lakeside wins “ Best New Private Course in America” award from Golf Digest and also hosts U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying.

1992

Lakeside again hosts U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying . . . Jim Simmons wins Men's Club Championship.

1993

Opening of 52,000-square foot clubhouse . . . Sanders and Hills Cottages opened for guest accommodations, providing view of 18th green of new Creekside Course, which quickly is named to host the Georgia Match Play Championship . . . Lakeside hosts the Georgia State Amateur Championship, won by Carter Mize . . . Morgan Pridemore wins Men's Club Championship . . . Laurie Johnson wins first of three consecutive Ladies' Club Championships . . . Edward G. Quinn wins the Senior Championship.

1995

Bob Murphy wins the first Senior PGA Tour Nationwide Championship . . . Bill Heys captures Men's Club Championship . . . David Gaffney wins the Senior Club Championship . . . Georgia Tech, one of the nation's most successful college golf programs, makes The Golf Club of Georgia its home club.

1996

Jim Colbert wins the Nationwide Championship . . . Craig Carson wins the first of three consecutive Men's Club Championships . . . David Gaffney repeats as Senior Club Champion.

1997

Graham Marsh wins the Nationwide Championship . . . Cas Boles wins Ladies' Club Championship. . . Stan Walker takes the Senior Club Championship.

1998

Georgia Tech's Matt Kuchar, the 1997 United States Amateur champion, defeats British Amateur champion Craig Watson in the Inaugural Georgia Cup Match, played on Lakeside, 3 & 1, with former Gov. Carl Sanders as Honorary Captain . . . John Jacobs captures the Nationwide Championship . . . Marci Morettini wins first of two straight Ladies' Club Championships . . . John Felker wins the Senior Club Championship.

1999

British Amateur Champion Sergio Garcia of Spain defeats U.S. Amateur Champion Hank Kuehne in The Georgia Cup, 5 & 4, on Lakeside, with former Gov. Carl Sanders serving again as Honorary Captain . . . Hale Irwin wins the Nationwide Championship . . . Lakeside's 11 th hole is honored by Golf Digest as one of “America's 99 Greatest Golf Holes: The Par 5's” . . . Brian Ferris is crowned as Men's Club Champion . . . Jim Sale wins the Senior Club Championship.

2000

U.S. Amateur champion David Gossett defeats Graeme Storm, 3 & 2, on Lakeside in The Georgia Cup, with course architect Arthur Hills as Honorary Captain . . . Hale Irwin repeats as Nationwide Championship winner, holing out for eagle at the 18th hole . . . Jim Sale wins Men's Club Championship, with Maria Dresnick taking the Ladies' Championship . . . Fred Rescigno, Jr. wins the Match Play Championship . . . John Felker returns as winner of the Senior Club Championship, which is officially changed to the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship in honor of our late member and 1994 Senior Club Champion.

2001

The Golf Club of Georgia is purchased by its members from Fuji Development USA and Hajime Yamazaki, with Bill Fralic assuming duties as Club President . . . British Amateur champion Mikko Ilonen defeats U.S. Amateur Champion Jeff Quinney in The Georgia Cup, 6 & 4, on Creekside, with Club President Rob Parker as Honorary Captain . . . Fred Rescigno, Jr. wins first of three consecutive Men's Club Championships . . . Meigan Putnam wins first of four consecutive Ladies' Club Championships . . . Jim Sale regains his title in the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship.

2002

British Amateur Champion Michael Hoey defeats United States Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson, 4 & 2, on Lakeside in The Georgia Cup . . . Club President Bill Fralic serves as Honorary Captain . . . Kent Curley wins the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship.

2003

U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes defeats British Amateur Champion Alejandro Larrazabal in The Georgia Cup, 4 & 2, on Lakeside, with Georgia Cup Chairman Jack Craig serving as Honorary Captain. . . Rob Parker succeeds Bill Fralic as Club President . . . Michael McCarty wins the Match Play Championship. . . Mark Dunkel earns a victory in the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship.

2004

British Amateur Champion Gary Wolstenholme defeats Australian Nick Flanagan, 4 & 2, on Creekside in the first Georgia Cup without an American participating . . . Charles Yates., Jr., serves as Honorary Captain . . . Bill Fralic is elected Club President for a third term . . . Peter Kelly wins Men's Club Championship . . . Stephen Klein wins the Edward G. Quinn member Senior Club Championship . . . The Club awards Invitational Memberships to Georgia Tech All-American Troy Matteson and former Georgia Tech player Kris Mikkelsen . . . The Club becomes the permanent site of a TaylorMade Motion Analysis system, offering the highest in instructional and club-fitting technology, headed by Director of Instruction Rob Stocke . . . Jonathan Lucenay becomes Match Play Champion.

2005

Ryan Moore of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas defeats British Amateur champion Stuart Wilson, 2 & 1, in The Georgia Cup, on Creekside, with Dr. John Reynolds as Honorary Captain . . . Rick Bortles replaces Bill Fralic as Club President . . . Through successful fund-raising from The Georgia Cup, The Golf Club of Georgia becomes the largest single contributor to the Yates Scholarship Fund of the Georgia State Golf Foundation . . . Former Georgia player Nick Cassini and former Georgia State player Jonathan Fricke are added as Invitational Members . . . Director of Golf Jeff Paton and Director of Golf Course Maintenance Randy Waldron are named Co-General Managers . . .Teenage talent makes an impact with Alex Frankel, 15, winning the Men's Club Championship and Caitlin Pisciotta, 13, winning the Ladies' title . . . John Felker wins his third Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship.

2006

Ireland's Brian McElhinney, the British Amateur Champion, defeats United States Amateur Champion Edoardo Molinari of Italy, 3 and 2, on Lakeside in The Georgia Cup, with two Europeans competing in the event for the first time . . . USGA President Walter Driver, Jr., serves as Honorary Captain . . . The Club awards a record check of $43,000 to the Georgia State Golf Foundation's Yates Scholarship Fund from Georgia Cup proceeds . . . Bill Delmont succeeds Rick Bortles as Club President . . . Clemson becomes Team Champion of the Inaugural United States Collegiate Championship on Lakeside, with Stephen Poole of Clemson capturing the individual title. Clemson coach Larry Penley calls the USCC “the best college event I've ever seen.” . . . Peter Kelly regains Men's Club Championship, winning his third title . . . Marci Morettini wins her third Ladies' Club Championship . . . John Felker wins his fourth Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship . . . Tim Wolfe wins the Match Play Championship . . . Invitational Member Troy Matteson wins his first PGA Tour event, the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas, finishes 36 th on the PGA Tour money list and qualifies for the 2007 Masters . . . Member Matt Kuchar finishes 10 th on the Nationwide Tour money list, with a win at Richmond, and regains his PGA Tour card for 2007 . . . For the second straight year, Golf World Magazine names GCOG as one of the “Top 100 Golf Shops in America” – top 25 among private clubs . . . NCAA Champion Oklahoma State, UCLA and Southern Cal are invited to the United States Collegiate Championship, which is expanded to 15 teams and three days of competition for 2007.

2007

The Club hosts the 10 th Anniversary Georgia Cup Honorary Captain's Dinner, with Honorary Captain Steve Melnyk officiating . . . Scotland's Richie Ramsay, the United States Amateur Champion, defeats British Amateur Champion Julien Guerrier of France, 2 & 1, on Lakeside in the 10 th Anniversary Georgia Cup, which draws a record crowd of nearly 1,000 in perfect spring weather. An Honorary Captains Dinner was held for our 10 th Anniversary . . . Through SunTrust's sponsorship and record donations for the Georgia Cup Sponsor Classic and Dinner & Auction, the Club awards a $45,000 check to the Georgia State Golf Foundation for its scholarship programs . . . No. 1-ranked Georgia captures the second United States Collegiate Championship, by eight shots over UCLA, with Wake Forest's Webb Simpson finishing as Individual Champion. Georgia's team total of 20-over par is the lowest by eight shots, but 20 shots higher than Clemson's winning total in 2006 . . . Invitational Memberships are awarded to two-time PGA Tour winner Heath Slocum, Georgia Tech's Roberto Castro and Brendon Todd of Georgia . . . The Club hosts the NCAA East Regional, also won by Georgia . . . The Golf Shop is again named as one of Golf World Magazine's “Top 100 Golf Shops in America” and makes the top 25 among Private Clubs . . . Welcoming more than 120 new members, the Club enjoys the most successful membership infusion in Club history . . . Bill Fralic is elected Club President for the fourth time . . . Peter Kelly repeats as Men's Club Champion . . . Caitlin Pisciotta wins her second Ladies' title . . . John Felker captures the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship . . . Stuart Conrad wins the Match Play Championship . . . Alex Frankel (15 and above) and Michael Pisciotta (14 and under) are Junior Club Champions . . . The club's two guest cottages adjacent to 18 Creekside are razed and the land sold for a new subdivision, Creekside Place . . . The Club mourns the loss of members Garry Betty and David Knowlton, and long-time caddie Dave Gibson.

2008

United States Amateur Champion Colt Knost defeats British Amateur Champion Drew Weaver, 2 and 1, in the 11 th Georgia Cup Match on Lakeside, with PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb serving as Honorary Captain. Knost is the first player to compete in The Georgia Cup after turning professional, and is taken by helicopter to the Atlanta Airport immediately after the match to make his flight to a Nationwide Tour event in California the next morning . . . The University of Southern California wins the third United States Collegiate Championship on Lakeside. Oklahoma State's Trent Leon emerges as Individual Champion . . . The Men's Grill is expanded, more than doubling seating capacity to about 110 . . . Cory Hurley wins the Men's Club Championship . . . Caitlin Pisciotta wins the first of three straight Ladies' Championships . . . Bill Stahlke takes the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship . . . Bill Lakes wins the Match Play Championship . . . Rick Bortles is elected for the second time as Club President . . . The Lake Windward shoreline at Lakeside's 12 th hole is fortified with a stacked-stone wall that also beautifies the scenic par-4, making it one of our signature holes.

2009

The 12 th Georgia Cup Match features our highest-ranked matchup of all time, with United States Amateur Champion Danny Lee of New Zealand, ranked No. 1 in the world, defeating No. 6-ranked Reinier Saxton, the British Amateur Champion from The Netherlands, 2 and 1, on Lakeside . . . Atlanta's Danny Yates, the two-time Walker Cup captain, serves as Honorary Captain . . . Clemson University, our Inaugural Champion in 2006, wins its second United States Collegiate Championship on Lakeside in cold, blustery weather . . . UCLA's Erik Flores and Bud Cauley of Alabama share the Individual Championship . . . Van Emberger wins the Men's Club Championship . . . Don Kleckner and son David Kleckner make it a family affair with wins in the Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Championship and Junior Championship, respectively . . . Todd Duffy wins the Match Play Championship . . . Two key golf courses changes occur, with the expansion and reseeding of the Clubhouse putting green and a reconstruction of the 17 th green on Lakeside, adding 2,000 square feet to the back left and pushing the maximum championship distance to 245 yards . . . The Golf Shop is again named as one of Golf World Magazine's “Top 100 Golf Shops in America” and makes the top 25 among Private Clubs . . .Record rains bring severe fall flooding to the golf courses, closing the wetlands holes on Creekside for several days . . . Rick Bortles is elected to a third term as Club President.

2010

After a record cold winter, the 13th Georgia Cup features our youngest champions, 16-year-old Matteo Manassero, the British Amateur Champion from Italy; and Korean Byeong-Hun “Ben” An, who was 17 when he won the U.S. Amateur Championship. Playing on a brilliantly overseeded Creekside Course, Manassero prevails, 5 and 4, with USGA Executive Director David B. Fay serving as Honorary Captain . . . A week later, Manassero plays two rounds with Tom Watson at the Masters and finishes as Low Amateur . . . In October the Club unveils its Practice Facility Expansion, which features 45 added yards of distance, more than double the teeing ground and an 8,000-square foot chipping green, drawing rave reviews . . . The United States Collegiate Championship, which is played in the fall for the first time, proves to be the ideal chemistry for host Georgia Tech, which wins by a tournament record 27 shots and is paced from the start by Individual Champion James White, whose first-round 62 breaks USCC records and establishes a new competitive course record on Lakeside . . . Marci Morettini captures her fourth Ladies' Club Championship . . . Kris Mikkelsen, the former Georgia Tech player, wins the Men's Club Championship . . . Don and David Kleckner repeat as Edward G. Quinn Memorial Senior Club Champion and Junior Champion, respectively . . . Brad Childress is elected Club President.

 

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