Jones, Stepp take Round 1 lead at Georgia Four-Ball

COLUMBUS, Ga. (April 29, 2011) -- Chase Jones and Jayce Stepp of Cartersville, who tied for third place in this competition a year ago, fired an 8-under par 63 in the opening round of the 40th annual Georgia Four-Ball Championship, taking place April 29-May 1 at Green Island Country Club.

Jones and Stepp hold a one-stroke lead over John McKenzie and Scott Reid, both of St. Simons Island. Five groups -- including four-time champions Wright Waddell and Carter Mize of Columbus -- are tied for third at 65, two strokes off the pace.

The second round of the Four-Ball Championship gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. After 36 holes, the field of 80 teams will be cut to the low 40 and ties for Sunday's final round.

ABOUT THE Georgia Four-Ball

Entries: Open to two-man teams of male amateur golfers

Field: 80 teams with the lowest combined USGA Handicap Indexes

Format: 54 holes of four-ball stroke play; field cut to the low 40 teams and ties after 36 holes

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