VIDEO: Connelly's 64 Gives Him the 54-Hole Georgia Am Lead
Justin Connelly takes the lead into the final round<br>(Mercer photo)
Justin Connelly takes the lead into the final round
(Mercer photo)

AUGUSTA, GA (July 15, 2017) - Justin Connelly of McDonough posted the low round of the day on Saturday to move into the lead at the Georgia Amateur Championship at 11-under-par 202 (69-69-64). The 96th edition of the state championship continues at West Lake Country Club, July 13-16.

Related: VIDEO: O'Kelley Takes the 36-Hole Georgia Amateur Lead

Connelly holds a one stroke advantage over Connor Coffee of Peachtree City, who finished at 10-under-par 203 (69-69-65). Connelly, who played golf at Mercer University in Macon, started fast with an eagle on the 483-yard par 5 second hole. He added birdies on three, seven, nine and made four-straight on 11, 12, 13, 14, with bogeys on six and 17. Coffee, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at Kennesaw State University, recorded a bogey-free round with six birdies.

Nathan Mallonee of Lexington (69-70-67) and Jared O'Kelley of Canton (67-68-71) are tied at 7-under-par 206 and will begin the final round four strokes off the lead. Steven Fisk of Stockbridge (71-68-68) and Jacob Bayer of Lawrenceville (69-67-71) round out the top 5 heading into Sunday at 6-under-par 207.

After 36 holes of play, 71 players made the cut at 6-over-par 148 and better.

West Lake Country Club is playing to 6,816 yards and a par of 71.

Entries were open to male amateur golfers who are GSGA members and residents of the state of Georgia. The field of 144 players compete over 72 holes of individual stroke play with the field cut to the top 70 and ties now that 36 holes have been played.

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A field of 144 of the state's best will compete over 72 holes of stroke play with the field cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes. Open to male amateur golfers; non-exempt players enter through one of 11 statewide qualifiers

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