Area Golf Digest

Crow makes cut at GSGA Amateur

Coweta golfer Zac Crow held on to make the cut following the second round of this week's Georgia State Golf Assocation Amateur Championship on Friday at Pinetree Country Club, but the rest of the local field wasn't able to carry on into the weekend.

Crow was unable to duplicate an even--71 from Thursday's first 18 holes, but managed to stay the course for a two-day effort that put him 8-over at the halfway point of the event.

The former Northgate High standout and University of Georgia student shot a 79 that included a birdie on the par-5 second hole.

A day after posting 12 pars, Crow had 8, while his bogeys rose from just three in the opening round to nine on Friday.

Two-time tournament champion David Noll Jr. maintained his day one lead on the field, despite being unable to match Thursday's opening 67.

An even 71 in the second round gave him a three-stroke lead on both David Watts of Chatsworth and Kelby Burton of Evans.

Mookie DeMoss of Athens posted his second consecutive round of 71 to remain even while alone in fourth place.

Three other competitors from Coweta County were unable to make the cut of 78 players from a field of 153.

They included Newnan's Michael Budgen, who improved on Thursday's first round with a 6-over 77. His second 18 holes included 12 pars while finishing just 1-over on the course's four par-3s.

Also failing to qualify were Newnan golfers Barry Reading and Trevor Smith.

Reading managed three birdies on Friday after a roller-coaster opening round that included 11 pars and 7 bogeys. An 8-over 79 began with two birdies over his first five-holes, posting them backto- back on No.s 13 and 14, both par 4s.

A quadruple-bogey on No. 16, however, pushed him further out of contention despite finishing up with a final birdie on No. 9 to close his outing.

Smith, a sophomore golfer at Coastal Georgia and a former Newnan High varsity standout, came through with his first two birdies of the tournament, but couldn't translate them into a better outing than Thursday's opening 78.

Four consecutive bogeys, including a double on No. 15, to close the round left Smith with a 10-over 81 on Friday.

ATLANTA JUNIOR GOLF RETURNS TO COWETA THURSDAY: Atlanta Junior Golf hosts a tournament on Thursday in Coweta County at Newnan Country Club with at least 10 local players scheduled to participate.

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