MACON, Ga. –– Robert Mize, son 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize, shot a final-round 3-under 67 to win the 2014 Georgia Amateur Championship at Idle Hour Club.
Mize, who finished at 5-under 275 (69-72-67-67), finished four shots ahead of four players – Will Chandler, Carter Collins, Trey Rule and Kelly Burton – who were tied at 1-under 279.
“This is huge,” Mize said. “Growing up in Columbus and with Carter Mize (no relation) winning (in 1994), it’s huge.”
Mize’s final-round scorecard included birdies on Nos. 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 14. The only blemish came on the 466-yard, par-4 17th hole, where he made a triple bogey.
“I was fortunate enough to make a few up-and-downs,” Mize said.
Mize, of Columbus, Ga., failed to qualify for the tournament in early June, losing in a playoff to become the first alternate. But Mize learned a couple of weeks ago that another player had withdrawn giving him a berth in the field.
“I was the first alternate, so I guess I need to write a thank-you note to whoever withdrew,” Mize said.
He was surprised to see his parents at the awards presentation as Larry Mize has had some recent back issues that forced him to miss the U.S. Senior Open.
After checking his son’s online scoring, Larry told his wife Bonnie to hop in the car. They drove from their home in Columbus in time to embrace his son and see the trophy presented that dates back to 1916, when Bobby Jones won it.
“I’m excited, but most of all I’m just happy for him,” the elder Mize said.
“It’s an honor to be on the same trophy with Bobby Jones,” Robert Mize said. “There are some great names on that trophy. I’ve always looked forward to playing in this and it’s an honor to win it.”
Robert Mize, a rising junior at Columbus state, won two college tournaments last season for the Cougars. Mize was also selected to the PBC All-Academic Team as well as the Division II Ping All-American Team.