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
3GASteven FiskStockbridge, GA30070-68-64-68=270
4KYAustin SquiresUnion, KY30067-68-70-68=273
5FLDillon WoodsJacksonville, FL30066-65-69-74=274

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ABOUT THE Southeastern Amateur

National invitational traditionally played during U.S. Open week, Wednesday through Saturday. Field is limited to 90 players. The format is 72 holes of stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties after 54 holes.

$295 entry fee includes practice round, at least three tournament rounds, and breakfast/lunch each day.

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