MARK
DRURY

A former Glynn Academy standout golfer who would become a four-year letterman for the University of Georgia golf team while enjoying a brilliant amateur career.

 

At Glynn, Drury won the region individual championship in both his sophomore and junior years as the Red Terrors captured the team title both years. In his senior year, he finished second in the region tournament, losing in a playoff to eventual PGA touring professional Gene Sauers. However, Drury led Herman Hudson's Terrors to the 1981 state championship that senior season, the first of eight state titles Glynn would win under Hudson.

 

Playing four years at UGA, Drury participated in approximately 15 tournaments for the Bulldogs.

 

Outside of prep and collegiate competition, Drury twice won the prestigious Golden Isles Invitational at the Brunswick Country Club, the first in 1981 when he was just 17 years old and the second in 1992. Drury also recorded several runners-up and high finishes in that tournament. He won the Okefenokee Invitational in Waycross five times, including one string of three consecutive victories. Drury captured the title of the Jack Oliver Invitational in Valdosta and also won the Valdosta Open. He also won the Peach Blossom Invitational in Macon and the Oglethorpe Invitational in Savannah.

 

He qualified for the prestigious U.S. Amateur no less than five times and the U.S. Mid-Amateur twice while qualifying for the U.S. Junior once. In all, he qualified for nine USGA national championship events. He also finished in the top 10 in the PGA National Junior.

 

Drury won the Georgia State Junior in Tifton at age 16, captured the Georgia Junior Challenge Cup title four times and won the Georgia Junior PGA twice. In the Georgia State Junior World qualifier, he finished first to advance to the world junior tournament at Torrey Pines. There, Drury finished in eighth place in a field representing 43 countries. He won more than 10 Georgia State Junior titles and more than 90 golf tournaments in Georgia and Florida.

 

At age 17, Drury finished second in the Future Masters, and at age 18, he qualified and played in the Heritage tournament on the PGA Tour. He also played in two Georgia State Golf Association Professional versus Amateur Challenge Cups and one Georgia-Florida-South Carolina Challenge Cup.

 

Though he had all the talent and credentials to enter professional golf, Drury instead opted to remain an amateur while going into private business. He currently lives in Camden County with his wife Dawn, sons Adam and Dalton and daughter Ferrell.

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