Porteous defeats Fitzpatrick at Georgia Cup

Garrick Porteous, shown here during the 2013 Walker Cup, won the Georgia Cup on April 2 by defeating Matt Fitzpatrick, 3 and 2.

For the third consecutive year, the British Amateur champion won the 17th annual Georgia Cup, an 18-hole match between amateur champions from the U.S. and United Kingdom.

Garrick Porteous scored a 3-and-2 victory April 2 over U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta.

The victory by Porteous, 24, the former Tennessee player, gave the British Amateur Champions a 9-8 lead in the all-time series of The Georgia Cup.

It was the first All-England match in the history of The Georgia Cup, which started in 1998 with U.S. Amateur Champion Matt Kuchar emerging as the inaugural champion.

“The Georgia Cup was just a great experience,” Porteous said. “When you look up on the wall (in the clubhouse) and see all the people who have played in this event, it was just a fantastic opportunity. ... The course was set up fantastically. The greens were flawless. It was great preparation for next week.”

The event is held annually before the Masters, in which Porteous and Fitzpatrick will be among six amateurs competing next week at Augusta National Golf Club.

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