Atlanta Athletic Club determines junior golf champions



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Brett Barron and Bailey Tardy have won the Junior Club Championships at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

Barron won the boys’ championship for the second straight year in a sudden-death playoff over Steffen Smith. Barron had rounds of 71-73 to tie Smith at even-par 144. Barron won the playoff on the second extra hole with a birdie at the par-3 11th hole. Barron is a sophomore at Rivers Academy in Alpharetta, and Smith is a sophomore at Greater Atlanta Christian.

Tardy won the girls’ championship for the third straight year. She opened the tournament with three straight birdies and finished with rounds of 70 and 69 to finish at 3-under 139.

Tardy is a junior at Norcross High school. She won the Georgia State Golf Association’s Junior Girls’ Championship and was medalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Other division winners at the Junior Club Championship were Kenneth Cox (boys 8 and under), Bruce Murphy (boys 9-10), Mark Brown (boys 11-12), Jackson Simpson (boys 13-14), Ava Merrill (girls 9-10) and Mimi Taylor (girls 13-14).

The Atlanta Athletic Club’s junior program is headed by PGA professional Matt Scheck. More than 250 boys and girls participate in the program.

The Atlanta Athletic Club will host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship.

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