KSU's Jimmy Beck Wins Georgia State Amateur

Monday, July 15, 2013

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State rising junior Jimmy Beck fired a final-round two-under-par 69 to capture the 2013 Georgia State Amateur that concluded Sunday at the par-71, 7,108-yard Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw.

Beck shot the low round of the day en route to finishing the 72-hole event with a one-over-par 285 and posting a two-shot victory over Travis Williamson. He recorded rounds of 73-70-73-69.

The victory came less than a year after Beck set the Pinetree Course record with a first-round six-under par 65 on the way to posting a 54-hole score of seven-under par 209 and claiming individual medalist honors at the Pinetree Intercollegiate last October.

He entered Sunday's round tied for fourth place and two shots behind third-round leader David Knoll, Jr. Starting his round on the 10th hole, Beck played his opening nine holes at even par, and following a bogey on the first, navigated the final eight holes three-under par.

Beck led Kennesaw State to its third straight NCAA Division I Regional appearance in 2013, and helped the Owls to a top-10 finish in Tempe, Ariz. He topped Kennesaw State with a 72.4 stroke average while playing in all 12 of the team’s tournaments. He posted 10 top-25 finishes, including four top 10s, and was the only player to claim individual medalist honors twice in 2012-13 (Pinetree Intercollegiate, Irish Creek Collegiate). The Owls’ sophomore also picked up his share of honors along the way, earning A-Sun First-Team All-Conference membership along with selection to the Academic All-Conference Team. Beck was also a member of the Division I PING All-Region Team for the Southeastern Region, as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He became the third Kennesaw State individual to be honored by the GCAA since the program moved to Division I.

Beck was one of six current or former Kennesaw State men's golfers competing in the 92nd edition of the Georgia State Amateur. Rising senior Jonathan Klotz and current KSU assistant coach Chad Wilson tied for 11th after completing the event with 8-over par totals of 292. Rising junior Austin Vick tied for 21st at 11-over par 295, while rising junior Kelby Burton tied for 33rd at 14-over par 298 and former Owl Sam Curtis tied for 53rd.