James Clark holds 54-hole Southeastern Amateur Lead
James Clark feels right at home at the Country Club of Columbus <br>(Georgia Tech photo)
James Clark feels right at home at the Country Club of Columbus
(Georgia Tech photo)

COLUMBUS, GA (June 16, 2017) - James Clark, a native of Columbus, GA, fired his second 7-under 63 of the tournament and at 15-under he will carry a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus.

The rising senior at Georgia Tech, who also shot a 63 in the first round, started the day tied for the lead but thanks to a bogey-free round he was able to pull ahead on Friday. An All-ACC performer as a junior, Clark got off to a quick start with birdies on the first two holes and then added birds on Nos. 6 and 7 before capping his 6-under 30 on the front side with a hole-out eagle on the par-4 9th.

Eight consecutive pars followed before Clark added a closing hole birdie to provide himself with a bit of cushion heading into the final round.

Second round co-leader Jonathan Hardee, 13-under, will begin the final round in second place thanks to a flawless 4-under 66 on Friday that included two birdies on each side. For the senior to be at Alabama, the birdies came in bunches as Hardee recorded his circles on Nos. 1 and 2; 10 and 12.

North Florida's Dillon Woods is third at 10-under, Steven Fisk of Georgia Southern sits in fourth at 8-under while Georgia's Will Chandler and Archer Price of Georgia Southern are sharing fifth at 6-under.

Results: Southeastern Amateur
1SCJonathan HardeeBoiling Springs, SC50065-66-66-65=262
2GAJames ClarkColumbus, GA40063-69-63-71=266
5FLDillon WoodsJacksonville, FL30066-65-69-74=274
3GASteven FiskStockbridge, GA30070-68-64-68=270
4KYAustin SquiresUnion, KY30067-68-70-68=273

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ABOUT THE Southeastern Amateur

The Southeastern Amateur is a top-level amateur golf tournament with a rich history dating back to 1922 - when the tournament was created by Fred Haskins. Each year, the Southeastern Amateur has the great honor of hosting many of the nation's top amateur golfers, from Division I NCAA National Champions to the nation's top Mid- Amateurs.

Field is limited to 90 players. The format is 54 holes of stroke play with no cut. Open qualifier held the day before the tournament.

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