U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein beat British Amateur champion Jin Jeong in the 14th annual Georgia Cup golf match, staged a week before the Masters Tournament.
Uihlein, 21, a junior at Oklahoma State University, closed out the match with a par on the 16th hole at the Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside course in Alpharetta. Uihlein held an insurmountable four-hole lead with two holes remaining.
Uihlein became the fourth Oklahoma State player to win the U.S. Amateur when he defeated Stanford’s David Chung in August. He’ll head back to college for a few days before returning to Georgia on April 1 to prepare for his first appearance in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
“I’m looking forward to next week,” Uihlein said in an interview. “It’s nice to get a win and get the competitive juices flowing. It certainly helps.”
Uihlein, the son of Wally Uihlein, the chief executive officer of Fortune Brands Inc.’s Titleist golf unit, led the entire match. He held a four-hole lead through nine holes and had a chance to close out the match on the 15th after hitting an approach shot from the fairway to within three feet of the cup. Jeong then rolled in a birdie putt from about 15 feet to extend play for another hole.
Jeong, a 21-year-old South Korean who lives in Australia, will turn pro after the Masters, the first of golf’s four annual major tournaments. Jeong defeated Scotland’s James Byrne in June to win the British Amateur Championship and a berth at the Masters.
Previous Georgia Cup winners include U.S. PGA Tour players Danny Lee (2009), Ryan Moore (2005), Ricky Barnes (2003), Sergio Garcia (1999) and Matt Kuchar (1998).
The U.S. Amateur champions hold an 8-6 lead in the match that was first played in 1998.