Tennessee Amateur: Hudson leads by two

CORDOVA, Tn. (Aug. 4, 2011) -- Memphis’s Bobby Hudson, fired a third round 69 (3-under-par) to finish at 218 (2-over-par) and will take the lead into the final round of the 96th Annual Tennessee Amateur Championship which is being conducted on Colonial Country Club’s South Course in Cordova, TN.

Hudson, who recently graduated from Texas and plans to turn professional soon after this week’s event, captured the 2007 Tennessee Amateur Championship at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville.

Two shots back of Hudson is Hunter Green who shot a third round score of 74 (2-over-par) to finish at 220 (4-over-par). Green was also in contention at last year’s State Amateur Championship at Foxland Harbor Golf Club and ultimately finished second behind Jonathan Fly.

A group of four players are tied at 221 (5-over-par) and are only three shots back of Hudson’s lead. One of these players is Germantown’s Tim Jackson who is a four-time past champion of this event (1994, 1998, 2001, 2005) and has been a long-time member of Colonial Country Club.

The 7,334-yard South Course at Colonial Country Club is well known as being one of the most difficult and challenging golf courses in Tennessee which has proven to be the case today as the average score through three rounds is 78.3. The South Course, which was designed by Joe Finger, opened in 1972 hosted the Danny Thomas Classic (now St. Jude Classic) until 1988 when the tournament moved to its current location at TPC Southwind. The South Course is also famous for two events which happened in 1977. First, President Gerald Ford made a hole-in-one on the par-3 fifth hole during Wednesday’s Pro-Am and two days later Al Geiberger shot an unbelievable 59 (13-under-par) during the second round of the that year’s event.

ABOUT THE Tennessee State Amateur

Applications are open to amateurs who possess an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index of 8.0 or less from a TGA member club or course. An 18-hole stroke play qualifier is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria. Format consists of 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60 and ties after the second round.

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