Jones III finishes seventh in Georgia Amateur

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

ATLANTA -- Bill Jones III couldn't have had a better finish, sinking a 20-foot putt on the final hole of the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday.

But it wasn't enough.

Jones III, who led after two rounds, finished the day at 3-over 73, and finished tied for seventh with Cameron Simmons of Acworth at 285.

David Noll Jr., of Dalton fired a final-round, 4-under-par 66, holding off a late charge from Billy Mitchell of Roswell to win the 90th annual Georgia Amateur Championship by a score of 6-under 274 at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta.

But Jones, the new golf coach at Darton, left the course happy.

"There were 100, maybe 150 people in the grandstands on the final hole, and I got quite an ovation when I made the putt,'' Jones said. "I feel good. This is my first top 10 finish in an amateur tournament. I have had a couple of top 15 finishes, but never in the top 10, so I feel good about that.''

Of course, he wanted to win.

"I am a little disappointed I didn't finish in the top five,'' he said. "But I feel good about (the tournament). I think I played better than the 73 shows today. I missed a few bad putts on the front nine and that cost me three of four strokes. I made one bad putt on the back nine.''

Former Darton golfers Ridge Purcell and Taylor Welborn also went four rounds. Purcell shot a 7-over 77 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 42nd at 296, while Welborn fired a 1-under 69 to finish tied for 32nd at 294. Lee County's Nate Graham, the No. 1 golfer at Georgia Southwestern State, also tied for 32nd at 294.