Jeff Hull of Watkinsville, the 2007 Georgia Open champion, and mini-tour professional Jonathan Fricke of Snellville, are the co-leaders after the third round of the 59th annual Georgia Open presented by Club Car at The Legends at Chateau Elan in Braselton.
Hull, a PGA professional and former assistant coach for the University of Georgia women’s golf team, had a two-shot lead heading into the 18th hole, but an errant tee shot led to a double-bogey 6. That, coupled with Fricke’s birdie on the 18th hole, allowed him to pick up three shots on the leader on the final hole.
Hull shot a two-over par 74 after he carded the low round of the championship with a 67 on Friday.
Fricke was 1-over par for his first 13 holes, but turned around his round by making an eagle 3 on the 520 yard par-five 15th hole with a towering approach shot from the left hand rough to less than six feet from the hole.
He converted to move to 1-under par for the day. Fricke made a bogey on the difficult par three 15th hole, but was able to birdie two of his final three holes to card a 2-under par 70 and to seize a piece of the lead.
In a tie for third place at 2-under par for the championship are 2010 Georgia Open champion Sam Del Val of Augusta, Matt Nagy of Kennesaw — who both fired even par rounds of 72, and Eddie Lee of Duluth, who had the best round of the day with a three-under par round of 69. Billy Mitchell of Roswell stands at 3-over par 219, 6 shots behind Hull and Fricke after shooting a 2-over par 74 today.
An online leader board, featuring all competitors’ complete scorecards, will be available during the tournament at www.GeorgiaPGA.com. The final round will feature live, hole-by-hole scoring for several of the leading groups as well as nine-hole updates for all the other groups.