Sports news: Connelly clutch in Georgia Amateur victory

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Connelly clutch in

Georgia Amateur victory

Justin Connelly, of McDonough, posted a bogey-free 65 for a two-shot victory over Connor Coffee to win the Georgia Amateur Championship at West Lake Country Club Sunday. The Mercer graduate recorded the lowest winning total in Georgia Amateur history, finishing at 17-under-par 267, eclipsing the previous mark (268) set by Russell Henley in 2009.

“By far, this is the coolest, biggest tournament I’ve ever played in and won,” said Connelly, who posted rounds of (69-69-64-65). “It’s unbelievable.”

Nathan Mallonee shot 68 to finish third at 274, one shot ahead of Steven Fisk (68). Jared O’Kelley shot 70 to finish fifth at 276.

Connelly took a one-shot lead over Coffee after 54 holes. While 3½ inches of rain pounded West Lake on Saturday night, the 22-year-old Connelly said he tried to get his mind off of golf. Still, he only got about “two or three hours” of sleep, something that didn’t affect his play.

After a steady front nine, Connelly held a three-shot advantage over Coffee, who promptly birdied No. 10. Then, the pair got hot, trading birdies the next two holes.

Connelly still led by two when he yanked his tee shot into the left rough at the dogleg-right, par-4 15th. After hitting his second shot short of the green, he chipped up to 10 feet. Connelly pumped his right fist after his par putt dropped into the hole.

The 19-year-old Coffee wouldn’t go away, though. Down two entering the par-5 18th, he hit a 5-iron from 230 yards out just short of the green. His chip shot for eagle missed the cup by an inch. Connelly later drained a five-foot birdie putt to seal the victory.

With rounds of 69-69-65-66, Coffee finished with the lowest score by a runner-up in the history of the Georgia Amateur. — Chris Gay, Augusta Chronicle

NATIONAL

Mulder wins celebrity

golf title; Curry 4th

STATELINE, Nev. — Mark Mulder won his record third straight title Sunday in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament, and Stephen Curry rallied to finish fourth.

Mulder had an 11-point victory over fellow former pitcher Derek Lowe and former tennis player Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event at at Edgewood Tahoe. Players got 6 points for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or higher.

Curry had 28 points in the final round — the best round score of the week in the 54-hole tournament — to finish with 60. The NBA star eagled the par-5 18th for a 68.

“This is no exaggeration, this is the best complete round of my life,” Curry said. “I think I am one off from my best score, but considering the environment, how terrible I played earlier in the week, and to finish like this was the definitely the best round of my life. To finish like that on 18 was really, really fun. I’m going to be bragging about that for a long time.”

Mulder had rounds of 72, 69 and 69 on the par-72 course. He earned $125,000.

Texans RB

Foreman arrested

AUSTIN, Texas — Houston Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman has been arrested on drug and weapons charges.

A statement from the University of Texas Police Department in Austin said officers answered a report of the smell of marijuana outside a campus dormitory about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. They found three occupied vehicles with marijuana in each and a firearm in one of them. Foreman was among those in the vehicles and was identified by police as the owner of the firearm.

Foreman was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon and marijuana possession, both misdemeanors, and released on bond.

Foreman had 2,028 yards rushing with 15 touchdowns as a junior for the Texas Longhorns last season to win the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s best collegiate running back. He was selected by the Texans in the third round of the NFL draft.

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