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Denham takes three shot lead in Georgia Mid-Am at Cartersville Country Club

David Denham of Athens fired rounds of 67-66 (11-under par) Friday and Saturday at Cartersville Country Club to take a three-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Georgia State Golf Association’s Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship.

David Noll, Jr. and Vance Embry — both of Dalton — are in second and third place with totals of 8-under par and 7-under par, respectively.

The Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship is open to players at age 25 or older and the field at Cartersville Country Club was comprised of 144 players, but was narrowed to the low 70 players and ties following Saturday’s round.

The tournament began with qualifying with seven different 18-hole qualifiers around the state — including Cartersville — in April and May. There were 370 total entries this year with 115 spots earned through the qualifiers and 29 player exemptions.

Local notable players in the championship and their results are listed in the graphic below along with the overall leaders and their starting times for Sunday’s final round.

Chase Jones putting on the 9th green in Saturday's second round of the 2017 GSGA Mid-Amateur Championship

PHOTO: Chase Jones of Cartersville putting on the ninth green during Saturday's second round of the 2017 GSGA Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship.

The tournament length for Cartersville Country Club is 7,006 yards and plays to par 72. This is the fifth GSGA-sanctioned championship hosted by Cartersville Country.

John Engler, Jr., of Augusta is the defending champion, winning last year on his home Augusta Country Club course. Engler shot rounds of 73-75 Friday and Saturday and is tied for 42nd place at 4-over par.

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