Area Golf Digest

Locals have work left in order to make cut at GSGA Amateur

The opening day of the Georgia State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Idle Hour Club in Macon didn't bring as much good fortune as hoped for four entries from Coweta County.

As the leaderboard stood at the end of Thursday's first round, there's a bit of work ahead if they hope to make today's cut.

Only Sharpsburg contender Jason Kimpel was in range of the cut at the end of Thursday following a 2-over 72 that left him in a tie for 42nd place, but three strokes within round one's top 16 players.

The field will be cut to the low 70 players following today's second round.

Mercer University senior Trey Rule of Eatonton sat alone in first place at 5-under 65 while taking a three stroke lead into today's action in the 93rd edition of the annual state championship.

Four players are tied for second at 2-under and another 11 sit at 1-under after day one.

Kimpel opened strong with consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 and 3 in an up-and-down first round. After splitting three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine, the Sharpsburg resident stayed even before running into trouble on No. 16 and 17, posting a double-bogey on the latter.

He then finished with a final birdie putt on the par-3, 18th.

Fellow Sharpsburg contender Cody Sapp closed his opening round at 3-over while able to right himself over his final nine holes playing even par. A double bogey on No. 14 came after picking up strokes with two birdies over a four-hole stretch to begin the back nine.

Coastal Georgia junior and former Newnan High varsity standout Trevor Smith closed at 4-over 74 after starting strong on the front nine and making the turn at even par. After five consecutive pars, Smith birdied the tournament's longest hole, the 629-yard par 5 sixth.

While finishing 1-under on the Amateur's two par 5s, Smith's was 4-over on par 3s for the day.

Reinhardt University junior and former Northgate High standout Connor Edwards will have the toughest road back to contention while opening with an 11-over 81. It included birdies on No. 8 and No. 17.

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