ATLANTA, (GA) — Saturday was moving day and the excitement was all around the course during third round! With the golf course open for scoring, 28 of the 66 players shot rounds under par in the 71st playing of the L&J Golf Georgia Open Presented by Philip Jones and EHDH. Leading the pack is St. Simons Island resident Austin Morrison, a former Forme Tour player. Morrison shot an easy 5-under par 67 with five birdies sit at 11-under par 205 for the tournament.
Alone in second at 9-under par 207, is Ryan Elmore of Dunwoody after a third round 3-under par 69. Tied for 3rd at 8-under par 208 is amateur Jackson Buchanan of Dacula and Forme Tour player Stanton Schorr of Columbus. Buchanan was on 59 watch after 10 holes. He fired a 7-under par 29 on the front nine, birdied number 10 to get to 8-under par, but bogeid the 12th, 13th and 16th holes to cool off and finish at 6-under par 66 for the round.
Rounding out the top five is amateur Max DuPree of Eatonton at 7-under par 209. Defending Champion Matt Nagy of Buena Vista sits tied for 29th at 3-over par 219.
Tee times for the final round begin at 8:00 AM Sunday, with the leaders teeing off at 9:40 AM. An online leader board, featuring all competitors’ complete scorecards, will be available during the tournament at www.georgiapga.com. The final round will feature live, hole-by-hole scoring for all the competitors.
Jennings Mill Country Club was designed by legendary golf architect Bob Cupp in 1986 and is playing to a par 72 and 7039 yards for the championship. Cupp succeeded in retaining the beauty of the area while building a course that is fun and challenging for golfers of all levels. It has hosted Georgia PGA events, Nationwide Tour events, and many of the top amateur competitions in the state.
About L&J Golf: L&J Golf, a boutique golf company based in Snellville, Georgia, currently owns and operates four golf courses in the state, Jennings Mill Country Club, Lane Creek Golf Club, Country Club of Gwinnett, and Trenton Golf Club. With 100 years of experience on their team, L&J’s goal is to help grow the game of golf and help club owners build the best clubs in the industry.
About the Georgia PGA: The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes nearly 890 PGA professionals working at over 260 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 35 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA’s primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print, radio, and television media.