Rule leaves Georgia Amateur with momentum

sports@macon.comJuly 13, 2014 

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Trey Rule watches his birdie putt on the Par 3 12th Hole at Idle Hour Club during the final round of the Georgia Amateur Championship Sunday.

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Eatonton’s Trey Rule didn’t come away with the victory in Sunday’s final round of the Georgia Amateur Championship.

But the rising senior at Mercer came away with plenty to carry him forward following the four-day tournament at Idle Hour Club.

Rule entered Sunday playing with the final group and had an outside chance to tie for the tournament lead in the late stages before slipping to finish Sunday at 1-over-71 to bring him to 1 under for the tournament. Rule ended in a four-way tie for second place with Will Chandler, Carter Collins and Kelby Burton.

The foursome finished behind tournament winner Robert Mize.

“I’ll draw on this experience,” Rule said. “Obviously, Robert did a great job, he shot a (67). I can’t be upset losing to that.”

As strong as Rule’s tournament was, it was within an eyelash of being even better. Three birdies on the front nine helped offset two bogeys during that same stretch to move Rule’s score to 3 under following the ninth hole, allowing him to pressure the leaders as he was even par through the next four holes.

After a bogey on No. 15, Rule moved closer to the lead with a birdie one hole later.

That, however, is as close as Rule got to the front. He narrowly missed a birdie putt on No. 17 before settling for par.

Even after that, Rule had a chance to tie for the lead, needing a hole-in-one on the par-3 18th. Instead, his fortunes saw a reversal. A three-putt on the green gave Rule a double-bogey to end the tournament, keeping Rule out of sole possession of second place.

“Obviously it is a little disheartening when you make a double on your last hole. I knew I had to ace it get into a playoff,” Rule said. “I’m not too worried about it, I feel I may have played too carefully (at times). I wasn’t able to go after a couple of greens when I needed to or make some putts when I needed to. It was an OK day. It wasn’t great, and it wasn’t bad.”

Still Rule enjoyed the final-day attention of playing in the final group

“Just the entire atmosphere. Just having the spectators out there watching every single time, it’s cool to see how your nerves react to those situations,” Rule said. “I feel like I handled it pretty well.”

The attention wasn’t the only upside for being in the final group for Rule. Being able to see how the frontrunners approached the final round had its benefits, as well.

“Any time you are able to get in the final group and see what the leaders are doing and playing with them and put pressure on them, it definitely helps to see how far your game has come,” Rule said.

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