Brian Maurer retains lead in Spring Hill Classic
Rousey, Hoag one shot back
Tifton, Ga. – (March 2, 2013) –Brian Maurer has two top-10 finishes on the NGA TOUR Pro Series, but if the former Ball State standout can keep up his solid play on Sunday, he may claim his first victory in the Spring Hill Classic.
Maurer of Richmond, Ind., took the early lead with a 66 in the first round of the $200,000 event and will start the final round one shot ahead of Nick Rousey and Bo Hoag after shooting a 2-under 69 in the third round on Saturday.
Maurer, who also posted a 3-under 69 in the second round, was even par through 14 holes in the third round on Saturday, but he birdied four of his last five holes to keep himself atop the leaderboard and in position for a $28,000 payday. Maurer is 9-under par following the third round of play.
Rousey, a multi-time NGA TOUR winner from Pensacola, Fla., also posted a 3-under 69 in the third round. The former University of Alabama All-American had a chance to carry the outright lead into the final round but a double bogey at the final hole left him at 8-under par and tied for second with Hoag.
Hoag, a former Ohio State stalwart from Columbus, Ohio, posted four birdies and two bogeys on Saturday to join Rousey in a tie for second at 8-under par. Hoag’s best finish on the NGA TOUR Pro Series is a tie for sixth.
Hernan Piri Borja (68), Zack Fischer (68), Justin Lower (68) and Erik Barnes (71) will begin the final round tied for fourth at 6-under par, while Brian Richey (67), Justin Hueber (68), Brad Schneider (71), Marc-Etienne Bussieres (71) start Sunday play tied for eighth at 5-under par.
Rookie Will McCurdy will start the final round 13th at 4-under par. James Vargas (70), Paul Apyan (70), Clayton Rask (73), Gabriel Costa (69) and 2011 U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft (66) are T14 and 3-under par.
The final round of the Spring Hill Classic is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. As always, admission is free to the public.
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