P.J. Shields 61-69-130 Matthew Cleary 69-66-135 Sport All­mond 68-68-136 Levi Nix 67-71-138 Brad Beck 68-71-139 Lanier Guest 68-72-140 Dawson Gar­rett 69-71-140 Dawson Day 71-70-141 Jay Pot­ter 71-72-143 Jeremy Wil­lis 69-75-144 Heath Jones 71-73-144 Gage Smi

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can take their game to the next level. He’s a dom­i­nant player and I look for­ward to see­ing him do that on the pro level.”

Shields said he may play one or two more ama­teur tour­na­ments this summer in prepa­ra­tion for his quest to be­come a pro.

“I plan to turn pro in Au­gust or Septem­ber and see what hap­pens,” he added. “I have Q (qual­i­fy­ing) school for the Web.com Tour and hope­fully I can get through it and get sta­tus on that tour. If not, I plan to do some mini­tour stuff.”

For­mer South­east Whit­field High School golfer Matthew Cleary fin­ished sec­ond (6966) and was five shots off the pace with a 9-un­der par 135 in the cham­pi­onship flight. ExHer­itage High School golfer and Shields’ team­mate at Dal­ton State, Sport All­mond (68-68), took third at 8-un­der, while an­other Dal­ton State alum, Levi Nix, was 6-un­der af­ter rounds of 67 and 71, but was de­nied a fourth straight Chicken Din­ner ti­tle.

Brad Beck (68-71) was fifth at 5-un­der, while for­mer Gor­don Lee and Ge­or­gia North­west­ern golfer Lanier Guest (6872), along with Dawson Gar­rett (69-71), tied for sixth place over­all at 4-un­der.

An­other for­mer LaFayette High School and Ge­or­gia North­west­ern golfer, Keaton Stan­field, shot 75 and 68 to win the first flight with a score of 1-un­der par 143. Bran­ton Bai­ley, an All-Amer­i­can at Ge­or­gia North­west­ern this past fall, carded back-to-back 73’s to earn sec­ond place at 2-over af­ter a three-way score­card play­off.

Ty Pend­ley (7769) and for­mer twotime Chicken Din­ner cham­pion Shonn Wel­don (73-73) fin­ished third and fourth, re­spec­tively, while Ryan Car­ring­ton (73-73) and By­ron Reed (73-74) rounded out the top six in the flight.

Stephen Keen (7873) took sec­ond flight hon­ors, while for­mer

Trion and Ge­or­gia North­west­ern golfer, Ben Hug­gins (84-79), won the third flight. John Stan­ley (75-76) won the Se­nior Divi­sion in the first year it was of­fered at the tour­na­ment.

Jack­son said that the Chicken Din­ner field con­tin­ues to get deeper ev­ery sin­gle year.

“That’s what I’m most proud of as a club pro,” he ex­plained. “We only had 105 play­ers this year, but the qual­ity of the play­ers we got is great. We had 11 play­ers fin­ish at even­par or bet­ter for the tour­na­ment. We’re get­ting the best play­ers in the area to come play and that’s very grat­i­fy­ing for me.”

Jack­son said it’s also no sur­prise to him that the younger golfers are win­ning and fin­ish­ing high on the Chicken Din­ner leader­board more and more in re­cent years.”

“I watch them. I teach them. I see them ev­ery day,” Jack­son added. “This younger crop is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter and they are dom­i­nat­ing now, not just here but other tour­na­ments around the area as well.”

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