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Tuten leads by 3 after opening 66

Shad Tuten could never wrestle the Augusta City Amateur lead away from eventual winner Jeff Pope in 2012.

The 21-year-old Tuten, who finished second to Pope last year in the 54-hole event, is the one being chased after one round this year.

He opened with 5-under-par 66 on Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club, which is playing to a par of 71 because the par-4 12th has been converted to a par-3 because of standing water.

Tuten has a three-shot lead over Lance Johnson and Kelby Burton, a two-time winner this season on the Regions Bank Amateur Series.

Brendan Fisher and Georgia Regents University golfer Meechai Padung opened with 70s.

Pope had 71, along with Hogan Kaney and John Wade.

Nix Duncan, the 20-year-old former Aquinas soccer player who has turned his attention to golf, shot 73.

Aiken’s Jeff Roberts leads the senior division with 68. Phil Nunnery had 69 and Paul Arrington shot 70.

• In Conover, N.C., two former Augusta State golfers made moves in the third round of the eGolf Tour’s HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn.

Major Manning shot 5-under-par 67 to close within four shots of the lead and Taylor Floyd had 68 and is five back.

Fielding Brewbaker, of Salem, Va., and Will Bowman, of Greensboro, N.C., share the 54-hole lead at 12-under 204.

Brewbaker shot 66 on Friday and Bowman had 69.

• In The Woodlands, Texas, Georgia Regents University’s Maverick Antcliff is near the back of the pack after three rounds of the Southern Amateur.

Antcliff, who made the cut on the number, had 3-over-par 75 on Friday and is at 221 for 54 holes, or 16 shots behind leader Zachary Olsen.

Olsen, who won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in 2012, shot 68 and has a two-shot lead over University of Georgia golfer Joey Garber, who had 67

Olsen, 19, is from Memphis and will play golf at Oklahoma State.

High Schools

Razorback heads to Lenoir-Rhyne

Cross Creek football player Rob Cheek has signed with Lenoir-Rhyne.

The place-kicker booted a 43-yard field goal this past season against Westside.

Auto Racing

Aerial camera is nixed by NASCAR

NASCAR has suspended the use of aerial camera systems that hang over tracks until the investigation into what caused a failure that interrupted the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May is complete.

ESPN had planned to use the Batcam system for next weekend’s Brickyard 400 and the Aug. 11 road-course race at Watkins Glen.

Track

Gatlin sprints to Monaco victory

In Monaco, Justin Gatlin, of the United States, proved that he will be the toughest rival for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at August’s world championships by running 9.94 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Herculis meeting on Friday.

Tennis

Federer labors in win over Mayer

In Hamburg, Germany, top-seeded Roger Federer struggled to a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 victory over Florian Mayer and a place in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships. The match lasted more than two hours.

Federer is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon.

A four-time champion on the clay courts of Hamburg, Federer needed 2 hours to overtake Mayer.


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