Albright ready for second shot at Georgia Amateur Championship

dshirley@macon.comJuly 9, 2014 

Conner Albright, a former FPD player and current Georgia College player, will play in the Georgia Amateur Championship for the second time when the tournament is held this week at Idle Hour Club.

GEORGIA COLLEGE — Special to The Telegraph

Conner Albright got his first taste of the Georgia Amateur Championship last year at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw.

But things didn’t go the way he would have liked.

The former FPD standout and current Georgia College player will get another shot at the tournament this week at a course he knows well, Idle Hour Club.

“Last year wasn’t good. It just wasn’t a good week for me,” said Albright, who shot 80-77 to miss the cut. “I just didn’t play well.”

Albright has a different feel to his game this year.

He had a solid year in his freshman season at Georgia College, playing in seven tournaments for the Bobcats. His best finish was a tie for 20th at the Bobcat Invitational, and he finished tied for 25th in the Bearcat Invitational at Lander.

Albright played recently in the Macon-Middle Georgia Championship and finished fourth after shooting rounds of 70-71.

“I’m playing some of my best golf right now,” Albright said. “I feel really good about my game and how I’m playing, and I’m looking forward to this tournament.

“If I play my best golf, I can be right up there in the mix. I just have to play smart golf and stick to my game plan, and I will be in good shape.”

Albright’s confidence entering the tournament is boosted by his familiarity with Idle Hour, and he feels his game fits the course well.

“Just knowing the course should help,” he said. “Knowing where the pins are tucked and knowing which ones you can go after and which ones will end up in a bogey if you do, that’s a big plus. Club selection is key, too, whether a shot is playing uphill or downhill and how that affects the shot is a little bit of an advantage. It’s a great course, and I love playing there, and I’m looking forward to the tournament.”

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