ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Dru Love of Sea Island holds the lead through three rounds of the Georgia Amateur Championship after posting a 1-under-par 69 on Saturday. The 94th playing of the annual state championship is taking place on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club, July 9-12.
Love, who calls Sea Island Golf Club his home course, finished round three at 8-under-par 202 (66-67-69). He will begin the final round of the Georgia Amateur three strokes ahead of three players at 5-under-par 205. Those individuals include Greyson Sigg of Augusta (69-69-67), Will Chandler of Atlanta (69-69-67) and Zachary Healy of Peachtree Corners (71-64-70).
Those three competitors are no stranger to GSGA competition, as Sigg won the Georgia Junior Championship in 2011 at Augusta Country Club, Chandler tied for runner-up at last year's Georgia Amateur at Idle Hour Club in Macon and Healy won the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Rivermont Country Club in Johns Creek in 2013. Sigg and Healy play golf at the University of Georgia and they will welcome Chandler to the team next fall.
For the first time since teeing it up on Thursday, Love fell out of the top spot on the leaderboard. Healy held the lead briefly on Saturday while Love struggled over the first nine holes. Healy recorded two birdies and one bogey to post a 34 on the front side of the golf course. Meanwhile Love struggled on the front with bogeys on two and nine for a 37.
Love continued his strong play on the back nine holes with birdies on 11, 12 and 14 for a 3-under-par 69. The previous two days saw him post back-to-back 31's on holes 10 through 18 on Thursday and Friday. Through 54 holes of the Georgia Amateur Championship, Love is 11-under-par on the back side of the Seaside Course.
Fourteen players are under par through three rounds. Gus Wagoner of Duluth is 4-under-par 206 (70-70-66). Trey Rule of Eatonton (73-64-70), Tim Arnoult, Jr., of Decatur (71-67-69), Luke Schniederjans of Powder Springs (69-69-69) and Shea Sylvester of Roswell (70-67-70) will begin the final round five strokes back and within striking distance at 3-under-par 207. Benjamin Shipp of Duluth (70-66-72), Sean Elliott of Sandy Springs (74-69-65), Parker Derby of Columbus (67-72-69) and S.M. Lee of Buford (70-67-71) round out the current top 10 at 2-under-par 208.
The defending champion, Robert Mize of Columbus, posted a 2-over-par 72 on Saturday, giving him a 54-hole total of 1-over-par 211 (69-70-72).
Sunday's final group of the Georgia Amateur Championship will consist of Love, Sigg and Healy and will begin at 9:50 a.m. off hole one.
After 36 holes of play, 71 players made the cut at 8-over-par 148 or better.
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