Spirit of America: Three tied for lead

DECATUR, Alabama (July 3, 2010) -- Chase Parker and Robbie Van Riper have caught up with 36 hole leader Jace Long of University of Missouri, who posted 69-64 in the first two rounds (for a 6 shot lead) but had trouble keeping up with that pace on Saturday.

After three straight bogeys and a double at the fourth, Long righted the ship with back-to-back birdies at No's. 6 and 7, then went 1-over the rest of the round to shoot 75.

Meanwhile, Parker posted a bogey free 69, while Van Riper bogeyed his first two holes, but came back with five birdies the rest of the way for a 3-under 68 at the 7005 yard, par-71 Burningtree Country Club.

Getting off to a good start on Sunday will make all the difference to the final outcome -- the 476-yard second hole and the 435-yard fourth hole played as the two hardest holes among the field.

Results For Spirit of America Golf Classic
1TNBrett PattersonMcMinnville, TN30072-70-68-70--280*
2MOJace LongDixon, MO20069-64-75-72--280
3FLRobbie Van RiperTallahassee, FL10073-67-68-73--281
4GAChase ParkerAugusta, GA10071-68-69-74--282
5LAAndrew NotoLuling, LA10071-69-73-71--284

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ABOUT THE Spirit of America

The Spirit of America Golf Classic is Burningtree Country Club's long-running, fundraising tournament held annually in conjunction with Decatur’s Spirit of America Festival, which itself is one of the largest, free Fourth of July festivals in the south. Established in 1967, this unique "college team and individual" format event has been home to collegiate players and top amateur players from across the nation. The format is 72-holes of stroke play, with a 54-hole collegiate team division. The "Spirit" tournament boasts many top graduates, like 1995 Champion-turned-PGA tour player Heath Slocum, and 1989 Junior Champion-turned-PGA tour player Stewart Cink.

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