Posted: Saturday, March 23rd 2013 at 9:16pm
Rain knocks out 3rd round of Milton Martin Honda Classic; McCarthy still leads
By staff reports
GAINESVILLE –– After facing a tough layout over the first two rounds of the Milton Martin Honda Classic, NGA TOUR players were granted a reprieve on Saturday, albeit and unwanted one.
Heavy rains forced the third round at Chattahoochee Golf Course to be postponed until Sunday and shortened the 72-hole event to 54 holes. Daniel McCarthy will carry the lead into the final round in pursuit of his first NGA TOUR victory.
McCarthy backed up his first-round 70 with a 3-under 69 in the second round of the NGA TOUR’s Milton Martin Honda Classic on Friday to take the lead at 5-under par.
McCarthy, a former a former Le Moyne College standout from Syracuse, N.Y., posted four birdies and one bogey at Chattahoochee Golf Course in the second round of play and finished the day one stroke clear of Seth Fair.
Fair, a former All-American at the University of Indianapolis, also shot a 3-under 69 in the second round of the Milton Martin Honda Classic. Fair, of Fishers, Ind., posted six birdies and three birdies on Friday to reach 4-under par for the event. Like McCarthy, Fair is also searching for his first victory on the NGA TOUR.
After holding a share of the first-round lead, Will McCurdy of Auburn, Ala., slipped to third with an even-par 72 in the second round. The former University of Auburn stalwart is 3-under par going into the final round. McCurdy will join Fair and McCarthy in the final pairing, which goes off at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.
Warner Robins’ Chris Wolfe, who also held a share of the first-round lead, posted a 1-over 73 in the second round to slip into a tie for fourth with rookie Trent Whitekiller at 2-under par. After shooting a 2-under 70 on Thursday, Whitekiller, an Oklahoma State alumnus from Sallisaw, Okla., carded an even-par 72 in the second round.
Jack Newman, the 2008 U.S. Public Links champion, shot a 2-under 70 in the second round to move into a tie for seventh with Kent Bulle (72), Andrew Medley (71) and Will Mitchell (72) at 1-under par.
Through the first four events of the NGA TOUR season, four first-time winners have been crowned – and it looks as if that trend may continue. The top nine on the leaderboard have yet to break into the winner’s circle on the top-rated developmental tour.
Past NGA TOUR winners Justin Lower and Chas Narramore will be looking to put an end to the streak on Sunday. Lower, who won the Spring Hill Classic earlier this season, matched the low round of the tournament with a 68 in the second round to join Narramore, a 2012 NGA TOUR winner, in a tie for 10th at even par. Patton Kizzire and Tyler Brown are also T10 and even-par going into the final round.
The final round of the Milton Martin Honda Classic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and the awards ceremony will follow immediately after the tournament. As always, admission is free to the public.
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