His opening act hasn’t been bad. His closing act has been a real show-stopper.
Now all J.T. Griffin has to do is figure out how to beef up his middle two acts in this summer’s string of four-act plays known as the country’s top amateur golf tournaments.
Griffin, who will be a senior at Georgia Tech this fall, has had some solid finishes this month along the amateur circuit, primarily due to his final-round performances.
At the Northeast Amateur, he opened with a middle-of-the-road 2-over 71 at the par-69 Wannimoisett Country Club in Rhode Island. He followed with a 75 and a 73 that left him tied for 60th after three rounds. But in the final round he charged back with a tournament-best 5-under 64 to finish at 7-over 283 and land in a respectable tie for 23rd.
A week later at the Dogwood Invitational, Griffin, an honorable mention All-American last season, started strong with a 65, only to fade into the middle of the pack with rounds of 72-73.
Again, he was the closer. He shot a final-round 8-under 64 and finished tied for fifth at 14-under 274.
Prior to that round, his career low round was a 65, which he shot this past February on the second day of the Puerto Rico Classic. In his 12 starts this past season for the Yellow Jackets, he had only two final rounds in the 60s, both 68s, including one at the NCAA Southeast Regional where he tied for third.
Now, though, it could be just a matter of time before Griffin gets his middle two acts together and makes his way to the winner’s circle on the major amateur scene.