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Knox is 2 back in Georgia Amateur

In Kennesaw, Ga., Kelby Burton fell back, but 50-year-old Augustan Jeff Knox moved into serious contention after the third round of the Georgia Amateur Championship at Pinetree Country Club.

Burton, of Evans, was in second place after two rounds, but had 7-over-par 78 on Saturday and dropped into a tie for 13th place.

Knox, who was five back after 36 holes, is now two back after shooting 73.

He was able to pick up ground on David Noll Jr., of Dalton, who has led after each round. He still leads by one shot despite 76 on Saturday and is at 1-over 214 for 54 holes.

Fred Purcell, of LaGrange (69) and Travis Williamson, of Brunswick (72) are tied for second place.

Knox is tied with two others for fourth place.

Knox, a two-time Georgia Mid-Amateur champion, is seeking his first Amateur Championship title.

Also moving up was Cody Shafer, of Evans. He had 66, the day’s low round by three shots. Shafer, who opened with 72-80, is now tied for seventh place, four shots off the lead. He’s tied with former area golfer Chris Waters (74).

Of the other area golfers to make the cut, Austin Vick (72) and Chase Parker (71) are tied with Burton for 13th place at 219, Brian Carter (71) is tied for 22nd place at 220, Jacob Tilton (77) and William Sigg (77) are tied for 56th place at 228.

• In Edgefield, S.C., Lewis White and Greg Scurlock are the leaders after the first round of the Perry Watson Memorial, which is making its return to the Regions Bank Amateur Series.

In the regular division, White shot 4-under-par 68 at Pine Ridge Club and leads Keith Downs and Nix Duncan by three shots.

Scurlock, playing in the senior division, opened with 70 for a one-shot lead over Tommy Carpenter and Billy Rangos.

The Perry Watson Memorial is being played for the first time since 2009.

• In Kannapolis, N.C., David Lynn, of Lillington, N.C., held off all challengers to win the eGolf Tour’s Southern Open.

Lynn, who led by four shots at the start of the final round, finished with that margin of victory after 3-under-
par 68 for 19-under 265. He won $18,500.

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd closed with 66 and tied for fifth place.

Brandon Cobb, of Louis­ville, Ga., opened with 64-70 but closed with 73-74 and finished in a tie for 34th place.

Minor League Baseball

Jackets win 4-1 over RiverDogs

In Charleston, S.C., the Augusta GreenJackets scored a pair of runs in the third inning on a fielder’s choice from Matt Duffy and single from Mitchell Delfino and the team moved back to .500 in the second half with a 4-1 road win at Charleston on Saturday.

Delfino, Joseph Rapp and Rafael Rodriguez each had a pair of hits for the GreenJackets (10-10), while starter Matthew Lujan (3-0) went seven strong innings on the mound, allowing one earned run and striking out three.

Closer Tyler Mizenko picked up his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

America’s Cup

Opening race is rout from start

The first real race of the America’s Cup challenger series was a runaway for Emirates Team New Zealand before it hit the starting line on San Francisco Bay.

Kiwi skipper Dean Barker trapped Italy’s Luna Rossa during the pre-start maneuvers and then accelerated, gaining a five-length lead approaching the starting line.


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