Looking back on another Idle Hour victory

A local kid won the trophy on his home turf last time.

Macon's Russell Henley beat out University of Georgia roommate Harris English for the 2008 Georgia amateur championship. Six years later, they both have wins on the PGA Tour. Idle Hour's Director of Golf, Ray Cutright, still smiles about it.

"I'll never forget Russell's. That was my favorite."

This time, a Columbus kid took the prize. Robert Mze plays golf at Columbus State, and won the tournament by four strokes.

"I knew I had to make a little bit of a run, and I was fortunate enough to get a few putts to fall," said Mize.

The young golfer has fortunate strokes in his blood. His dad, Larry, hit a chip shot to win the 1987 Masters. Before that, he won the 1979 Peach Blossom at Idle Hour.

"It was exciting to have Robert play here as well," the elder Mize said. "To win on this golf course was a tremendous win. It's a challenging golf course. You have to really play well around it."

The next win at Idle Hour will come after Cutright retires.

"We won't get it here for another 10 or 12 years, and I'll be gone," he said.

A lot can happen in 10 to 12 years after a win at Idle Hour.

Just ask Larry Mize and Russell Henley.


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