COLUMBUS — Former Lee County and Georgia Southwestern star golfer Nate Gahman had one goal entering last weekend’s 84th annual Southeastern Amateur golf tournament in Columbus: a Top 10 finish.
Competing against some of the best Division I athletes in the country, Gahman did just that, finishing in a tie for 10th in the premier amateur tournament at the County Club of Columbus.
Gahman, who was just one shot back from the leader after 27 holes, finished the four-round tournament at even-par and was the top Division II player.
“It was huge because I didn’t even make the cut last year,” he said. “It was nice getting to where I was playing with the top Division I players. It was nice to get into the mix with those guys and show that I could stand up to them.”
Gahman, who recently finished 19th in the Division II national tournament, did more than hold his own.
He scattered nine birdies and one eagle over the four days and fired an opening-round 69 (2-under) to begin the tournament in the Top 5.
His final three rounds he carded scores of 73, 70 and 72, respectively.
He played alongside the nation’s top amateurs in the closing rounds.
“They were saying the same things I have always said, that I have all the game in the world but it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” he said. “One day it will all come together, and it is starting to.”
Other area golfers to play in the tournament were former Darton star and current Armstrong Atlantic golfer Shad Tuten (T49th, 11-over) and Darton’s Von Stripling (missed cut, 25-over).
Georgia Tech’s Seth Reeves won the tournament at 11-under.