David Denham leads Georgia Mid-Am by Three
20 May 2017
by Georgia State Golf Association

see also: Country Club of Columbus

Cartersville Country Club  <br>(Cartersville Country Club Photo)
Cartersville Country Club
(Cartersville Country Club Photo)

CARTERSVILLE, GA (May 20, 2017) - David Denham of Athens took over the top spot and leads the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship at 11-under-par 133. The 36th edition of this event is taking place at Cartersville Country Club, May 19-21.

Denham put together a six-birdie, bogey-free performance for a 6-under score on Saturday to give himself the advantage. Through 36 holes, Denham has recorded six birdies and one bogey. Three strokes behind the leader is a three-time Georgia Mid-Amateur champion and two-time Georgia Amateur champion, David Noll, Jr., of Dalton, at 8-under-par 136 (67-69).

The Athens native played college golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of the 2005 national championship squad. He won the Georgia Amateur Championship a year earlier in 2004. He's now looking for his first Georgia Mid-Amateur title while playing in his first Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship.

Vance Embry of Dalton turned in the round of the championship so far with a 64 on Saturday, putting him in third at 7-under-par 137 (73-64). The 2015 Georgia Mid-Amateur winner, Jack Hall of Savannah (74-65), shares fourth-place with 18-hole leader Jon Kennedy of Macon (66-73) and Edward Bannister of Loganville (69-70) at 5-under-par 139. Taylor Smith of Convington (73-67), who earned runner-up honors at last year's competition, and Georgia Golf Hall of Famer and two-time Georgia Mid-Amateur champion, Jeff Knox of Augusta (72-68), are tied for seventh at 4-under-par 140.

Another day of the Georgia Mid-Amateur means another hole-in-one recorded on the 16th hole. Jack Hall of Savannah scored an ace on the hole on Saturday's second round, while Matthew Hayes of Marietta made one of his own on Friday.

Through 36 holes, 74 players at 8-over-par 152 and better made the cut and advance to Sunday's final round. The final round gets underway Sunday at 8:00 a.m. with the leaders going off at 10:00 a.m.

ABOUT THE Georgia Mid-Amateur

Entries: Open to male amateur golfers age 25 or older as of the first day of the championship

Field: 144 players; non-exempt players enter through one of seven statewide 18-hole qualifiers

Format: 54 holes of stroke play; field cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes

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