Burton in top spot for KSU golfers at Georgia Amateur
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Kennesaw State’s Georgia Amateur success continued Friday, this time with Kelby Burton taking a two-shot lead at the midway point in Macon.
<Br>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
Kennesaw State’s Georgia Amateur success continued Friday, this time with Kelby Burton taking a two-shot lead at the midway point in Macon.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Kennesaw State’s Kelby Burton shot 4-under par 66 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the Georgia Amateur Championship on Friday in Macon.

Burton, who tied incoming Georgia player Zachary Healy for the low round of the day, was one of only nine players to break par on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Idle Hour Club layout. He made five birdies, with his only dropped shot coming at the 454-yard, par-4 seventh hole.

Burton, who will be a fifth-year senior at Kennesaw State next season, leads a trio of players at 2-under — Healy, Stan Gann Jr. and Stephen Fisk.

Mercer’s Trey Rule, the first-round leader, struggled to a 74 and is in a pack of five players at 1-under.

Seventy-seven players, including 12 of the 20 players in the field with Cobb County ties, survived the 36-hole cut, which came at 8-over.

Kennesaw State assistant golf coach Chad Wilson, former Harrison High School and current South Carolina standout Blaine Woodruff and Acworth’s Rob VanGorder Jr. will each start today’s third round at 2-over, six shots behind Burton.

After shooting an opening-round 69, Wilson followed with a 73, while VanGorder matched him with rounds of 70-72.

Woodruff started his second round on the back nine with a birdie on No. 10, but four bogeys on the next eight holes left him making the turn at 3-over. Five birdies on the front nine helped offset a bogey and a double bogey and let Woodruff get in the clubhouse with a 72.

Former Whitefield Academy standout Ty Hampel was 4-under through his first 10 holes to get within three shots of the lead, but two bogeys and double bogey coming in left him with an even-par 70 and 3-over for the tournament.

Kennesaw’s Daniel Kim was 10-over par for the tournament with six holes left in his round, but two birdies and an eagle on the 351-yard, par-4 14th helped him finish at even-par for the day, 7 over for the tournament and safely inside the cut line.

A number of prominent players will not be playing on the weekend.

Travis Williamson, last year’s runner-up, could not recover from his opening-round 78. His 71 left him one shot outside the cut line.

Georgia’s Mookie DeMoss and Sam Straka also missed the cut. DeMoss shot an opening-round 69, but an 81 on Friday sent him home early. Straka, who opened with a 73, had an even more disappointing day as he had a triple bogey and a pair of quadruple bogeys, en route to an 84.

Former Whitefield Academy standout Anders Olsson (74-78), Kennesaw State’s Buster Bruton (80-72) and Harrison’s Luke Schniederjans (78-79) were among the locals who missed the cut.
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