GAINESVILLE — James Mason, a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame from Dillard, won his third Yamaha Georgia Senior Open presented by BDNA contested at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville. Mason fired a second round of 3-under par 69 for a two-day total of 10-under par 134 and defeated PGA professional Sonny Skinner from Sylvester by two shots.
Mason started the day with a one shot lead after an opening round 65. After a bogey on the first hole, Mason made birdies on three of his next seven holes to get to 9-under par for the championship and fired a back nine of 35 to capture the title. He also won in 2001 and 2015.
For his efforts, Mason earned a check for $2,500. Low Amateur honors went to Mike Combs of Roswell who ended up at 5-under par for the championship. He carded a final round 68, the low round of the day.
Defending champion, noted amateur Billy Mitchell from Roswell, finished tied for 17th place at 1-over par 145. Introduced last year and for just the second time in this championship was the Super Seniors Division, with PGA life member Bill Johnstone taking home first place with a score of 5-under 139 for the championship.
The Yamaha Golf-Car Company has been a long time supporter of the Georgia Section and serves as the title sponsor of the Atlanta Open and the Georgia Senior Open. Yamaha Golf-Car Company has based its North American headquarters in Newnan, located off I-85 in south metro Atlanta, since 1987. It has developed into the largest employer in Coweta County, with more than 1500 employees.
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The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes nearly 860 PGA professionals working at over 265 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 20 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA's primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print, radio, and television media.