Sports

July 14, 2013

‘Difficult’ day, but Noll hangs on to lead entering final round

After the first three rounds of the Georgia Amateur Championship at Pinetree Country Club, not a single golfer is under par for the week.

That’s how difficult the course conditions were during Saturday’s third round.

Not only did the golfers cite the greens’ speeds, but many pins were placed near the slopes, making it a challenge to keep the ball underneath the hole and avoid downhill puts. Other holes were placed at the edge of the greens, and the rough was longer than usual, making it difficult to play balls away from the fairway.

“When you hit it close to hole and come away with par more than a handful of times, it’s frustrating,” said LaGrange’s Ridge Purcell, who shot 2-under 69 on Saturday to move into second place. “The way to overcome that is to be level-headed and look at things in different perspective. Par is never a bad score. You have to look at it that way.”

Dalton’s David Noll Jr. maintained the lead he’s held throughout the tournament, but saw it shrink to one stroke after a 76 put him at 1-over. He shot 67-71 in the previous two rounds.

“It was difficult,” Noll said. “The wind was tricky and the green speeds were a lot slower. I don’t know if it was the humidity in the air or what. I played pretty good, but I just got into a rut with my putter for four or five holes and it went into a spiral. I was able to bring it back on the last couple of holes.”

Noll struggled on the front nine, shooting bogey or worse on five straight holes, including a double bogey on the par-4 No. 3. But he managed to preserve his lead with consecutive birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.

Text Only
Sports
  • DHS at SE soccer 4 mlh.jpg Region 7-4A championship

    If recent history is any indication, this week’s Region 7-4A championship game may not be the last time the boys soccer teams at Dalton and Southeast Whitfield stand opposed to one another this season.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • St Louis at Rampage 4 mlh.jpg No Attack for Rampage

    The Georgia Rampage’s offense didn’t do anything in the first half — evident by the scoreboard.
    By the time new quarterback Bart Gloyd stepped in, a comeback was out of reach.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former Dalton, Auburn QB Carter passes away

    When former Dalton High School football coach Bill Chappell learned one of his former players had died Saturday, he was shocked. His second reaction was sadness, not just because of Loran Carter’s athletic legacy but also his outstanding character.

    April 19, 2014

  • Golf at NobNorth 1  mlh.jpg Prep golf: DHS, rain steady for Nob Invite

    With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled for Tuesday at Nob North Golf Club, Dalton coach Hunter Johnston was pleased that his team finally got its first victory of the season Saturday in Cohutta at the Nob North Invitational.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doug Hawley: Cancer will not hinder Run for John’s finish

    With the seventh annual Run for John races scheduled for Saturday in Dalton, there is a community focus this week on the family of the late John Bruner.

    April 19, 2014

  • DSC women win finalé

    The Dalton State College women’s tennis team earned a 5-0 win in a rain-shortened match at home against Snead State to conclude its season.

    April 19, 2014

  • Play ball on the Westside

    The long-awaited Westside Park opened to rave reviews on April 10, with baseball teams ranging from 6 to 12 years christening the the newest Whitfield County recreation facility.

    April 19, 2014

  • DHS at Heritage 1 mlh.jpg Generally disappointed

    Dalton High School’s baseball team started the fifth inning of Friday’s crucial Sub-region 7B-4A game against Heritage-Catoosa with four consecutive hits.
    The only problem for the Catamounts was that was where their good hitting started and stopped.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup: Upset puts N. Murray in baseball playoffs

    Over the past few seasons, a late-season game with Sonoraville has been the deciding factor in whether the North Murray High School baseball team advanced to the state playoffs.

    April 18, 2014

  • Miller, Mariners off to NAIA title tournament

    Former Dalton High School golf standout Chase Miller is finishing his senior year at College of Coastal Georgia on a high note.

    April 18, 2014