Sullivan, who recently completed his freshman year as a golfer at Georgia College and State University, will compete in the Georgia Amateur from July 12-15 at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Course on the Cherokee-Fulton county line.
Sullivan also made last year’s Georgia Amateur, making the cut at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta.
On Thursday, Sullivan recovered from a shaky start on the 6,830-yard Woodmont course, in which he scrambled for par on the first hole and bogeyed his next three. He retook control of his round for good at the par-3 11th hole, when he holed out from the bunker for birdie.
“I was 1-over, and it got me back to even, and when you’re even, you know, if you have a couple of holes left, you’re going to stay even because you’re hitting it well,” Sullivan said of his bunker shot.
He went on to birdie the par-4 14th and par-5 18th to land in a seven-way tie for fifth place.
Two experienced Marietta golfers will make up Cobb County’s representation at the Georgia Amateur.
Scott Davenport birdied two of his final three holes for a 2-under 70 to return to the field after failing to qualify for last year’s event. Jeff Belk made six birdies as part of a roller-coaster round to shoot even-par 72, but he had to par the second hole of an eight-man playoff to secure his spot.
“I made some putts when I really needed to,” Davenport said. “There’s just some holes you have to get by out here, and I got by them, and that’s what happened.”
Belk qualified for a 16th-straight Georgia Amateur by atoning for an early mistake. After finding a hazard on the way to a double bogey on the 195-yard par-3 second hole during his round, he returned to the same hole in the playoff, hit the center of the green with his tee shot and two-putted for the clinching par.
The last time the Georgia Amateur was played at Settindown, in 2007, Belk led after three rounds but struggled on the back nine on Sunday and ended up tied for fifth with a final-round 77.
That year, he slipped into the field as an alternate. Now, his place in the 144-player field is certain.
“I want to get back there and see if I can redeem myself a little bit better,” Belk said.
Jerry Witt of Acworth will be the second alternate after a double-bogey 5 on the second playoff hole left him just short of the automatic qualifiers.
Former Milton golfer Zack Jaworski topped the qualifier with seven birdies and a 5-under 67.
Jaworski, who is heading to Vanderbilt to play golf this fall, had worked hard to straighten out his irons in the immediate lead-up to the qualifier. On Thursday, it was his putter that propelled him to the day’s low round down the stretch after a bogey-bogey start.
“I made a few good putts coming in — made about a 30-footer for birdie on No. 13 — and that kind of started it,” Jaworski said. “I missed a few, but I definitely caught fire with the putter on the back nine.”
Former Mercer golfer Ryan Blackburn started eagle-birdie and hit 16 greens in regulation to finish one shot back of Jaworski in a tie for second with Augusta’s Brian Carter, who just completed his sophomore season at Georgia.
In all, the qualifier awarded 20 spots and four alternates for the Georgia Amateur.