NeSmith’s lead now three shots
In Alpharetta, Ga., North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith shot another round in the 60s – he had 4-under-par 66 on Thursday – to take a three-shot lead after three rounds of the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions.
NeSmith, who opened with rounds of 68-67, is the only player in the field to break 70 each day at Capital City Club’s Crabapple course.
He’s at 9-under 201, three in front of Brad Dalke (66 on Thursday), of McKinney, Texas, and four in front of Jordan Niebrugge (67), of MeQuon, Wis. The final round is today.
NeSmith, who will be a freshman on the South Carolina golf team in the fall, won the AJGA’s FJ Invitational on June 15.
“I’ve had a super good year,” NeSmith said. “I love winning, the competition and the people I’m playing against, so it would be satisfying to win.”
Augusta’s Greyson Sigg shot 72 and is tied for 37th place at 219.
In the girls division, Strom Thurmond golfer McKenzie Talbert leads the locals. She shot 72 and is 13th at 216, 11 shots behind leader Jaye Maria Green, of Boca Raton, Fla.
Former Martinez resident Ashlan Ramsey, now of Milledgeville, had 73 and is tied for 17th place at 220. North Augusta’s Jessica Hoang had 83 and is tied for 51st place at 235.
• In Atlanta, Lee Knox, of Augusta, is tied for 20th place in the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Country Club.
Dykes Harbin (74-71) is tied for 30th and Brian Carter (73-73) is tied for 36th.
Bruce Woodall (69-64) leads at 11-under 133.
• InWintergreem.Va., former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 to move into the top-five in the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Wintergreen Resort.
Norlander, who was tied for 21st place after an opening- round 70 for 9-under 135, is now tied for fifth at the halfway mark.
Peter Malnati had 63 and is the leader at 131. Three golfers – Tadd Fujikawa (64 on Thursday), Cam Burke (68) and first-round leader Travis Ross (69) – are tied for second place at 133.
David Robinson, of Sandersville, had 66 for 140 and former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz had 77 and missed the cut at 150.
• In Newcastle, Northern Ireland, former Clemson golfer Corbin Mills and ex-Georgia Tech golfer James White helped the United States take 6½ to 1½ lead over Europe on the first day of the Palmer Cup.
In team matches at Royal County Down, Mills teamed to win one match and halve another while White went 1-1.
• In Acworth, Ga. teenager Emily Kurey, of Alpharetta, won the Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic at Governors Towne Club by three shots.
Kurey, 17, shot 69-71–140 to be only player in the field to post consecutive rounds of under par.
Mary Alice Murphy, of Lookout Mountain, finished second.
Augusta’s Mary Helen McElreath finished fifth in the third flight after rounds of 82-77–161.
Buescher takes race in Kentucky
In Sparta, Ky., James Buescher held the lead for most of the way in temperatures approaching 100 degrees, fending off challengers to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Buescher took the lead for the first time just 27 laps into the 150-circuit race .and dominated the rest of the way.
Brad Keselowski started 17th but climbed back to finish second. Ty Dillon was third.