MACON, Ga. - Trey Rule of Eatonton fired a 5-under-par 65 to open the Georgia Amateur Championship and takes a three-stroke lead into round two. The 93rd playing of the annual state championship is taking place at Idle Hour Club, July 10-13. Rule, who recently finished his junior campaign at Mercer University, recorded a bogey-free round with birdies on one, six, 10, 13 and 17. His 65 is three strokes better than four other players - Seth Sweet of Port Wentworth, Jake O'Bryan of Athens, Will Chandler of Atlanta and Shawn Hodge of Kathleen each posted a 2-under-par 68. "My swing felt great and just keeping it in play was key," said Rule. "The putter was really good today too; I made five or six 10-footers. I knew it was going to be a tough test and I had to be patient out there to leave myself the best chance to make birdie or par." The 21-year-old Rule recently was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and the Division I PING All-America Honorable Mention. This past collegiate golf season Rule posted a 71.25 scoring average, while finishing inside the top-15 in nine of 12 tournaments played. His season also included a pair of individual titles at the SunTrust Gator Invitational and the Atlantic Sun Championship. Most recently, the rising senior won the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. Eleven players finished the first 18 holes at 1-under-par 69, including Steven Fisk of Stockbridge, Brad Davis of Lawrenceville, Will Duma of Atlanta, Chad Wilson of Calhoun, Mookie DeMoss of Athens, Matt Mierzejewski of Suwanee, Charlie Martin of LaGrange, Christian Humber of Fayetteville, Charles Huntzinger of Duluth, Michael Standard of McDonough and Robert Mize of Columbus. Two-time Georgia Amateur winner (2003, 2011), David Noll, Jr., of Dalton, finished his opening round 2-over-par 72. Bill Brown III of Dublin, who won his state championship in 2006, finished 4-over-par 74. Shot of the day went to Jamie Weeks of Marietta, who recorded a hole-in-one on the 177-yard par 3 eighth hole. Weeks finished at 3-over-par 73. The Georgia Amateur Championship is conducted by the Georgia State Golf Association and brings together 144 of the state's best male amateur golfers for the prestigious state title first won by 14-year-old Bobby Jones in 1916. Idle Hour Club is hosting this event for the record eighth time, and first since 2008. This week Idle Hour is playing to 6,727 yards and a par 70. The Championship format is 72 holes of stroke play over four days. After 36 holes of play, the field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the leader.
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