TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf redshirt senior Harry Ellis did his country proud yet again when he defeated United States Amateur Champion Doc Redman, 6 & 5, in Sunday’s 21st Georgia Cup played at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta.
The Georgia Cup annually pits the British Amateur Champion (Ellis) versus the U.S. Amateur Champion in an 18-hole match play format. It is always a prelude to the upcoming Masters, which Ellis will be competing in as an amateur beginning April 5 at Augusta National Golf Club.
The Georgia Cup is final: Ellis downs Redman 6 and 5. The British Amateur has now won 5 of the last 6 Georgia Cup matches! @FSUGolf @ClemsonMGolf @GSGA @bkatrek @Harryellisgolf @GlobalGolfPost @bkatrek pic.twitter.com/lmXI3bhd2s
— Golf Club of Georgia (@TheGCOG) March 25, 2018
The matchup was nearly over just halfway through when Ellis delivered a birdie on the 10th hole to go 5 up with just eight holes remaining. Redman then fell 6 down on the 11th hole with a bogey, and the match was called when both players halved over each of the next two holes.
For Ellis, no deficit is seemingly too large to overcome despite being on the upper hand throughout the Georgia Cup. Ellis, who hails from England, gained an exemption to the Masters, delivering a stunning comeback at the Amateur Championship when he defeated Australian Dylan Perry after being 4 down with 5 holes left at Royal St. George’s Golf Club.
Ellis took Perry to sudden death on June 24, 2017, and wound up clinching The Amateur on the second sudden-death hole. The victory also gave Ellis exemptions to the 2017 Open Championship held at Royal Birkdale and the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Ellis, who has won two tournament titles this season with the Seminoles, will become the third FSU amateur to compete at The Masters. Drew Kittleson played as an amateur in 2009 and Downing Gray was crowned as the low amateur in 1965, winning the Silver Cup that is credited to the lowest-scoring amateur who makes the cut.
Last year, University of Southern California’s Stewart Hagestad earned the Silver Cup after shooting 6-over and tying for 36th at The Masters.