(Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, October 04, 2013 8:50 PM
Devin Carrey used solid putting to hold on to a share of the third-round lead in Kohl’s Open Championship at Gray Plantation on Friday.
He’ll tee off with on-charging Shawn Jasper in the final twosome today as the Adams tournament completes a four-day, 72-hole run and the finale of the tour’s schedule.
Jasper posted a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to move into the top spot with Carrey who shot 68. Both golfers were at 202, one shot up on Chris Thompson and Paul Haley and two shots ahead of David Chung, Blake Trimble and Derek Smith.
An on-and-off rain has hampered play in the tournament and participants were allowed to pick, clean and place their balls on Friday. Gary DeSerrano, president of the Adams Golf Pro Tour series, said the same procedure could be in place for the round. He said a decision will be made prior to tee off.
Players will begin teeing off at 8 a.m. with the final group to go off at 9:40 a.m.
Due to rain and darkness, play had been suspended on Thursday with about half the field having to finish that round Friday morning. Local golfer Neithan Allen, who is making his professional debut in the tournament, was one of those, and he wound up playing 30 holes. He made the cut and was tied in 28th place at 210.
Locals who did not make the cut were Greg Sonnier, Austin Duhon, Tyler Kuhn and amateur Kendall Magee. Also, defending champion Brian Rowell missed the 3-under-par cut (141) by a shot.
Carrey, a former player at Louisiana-Lafayette who has one other win this season (Santa Marie in Baton Rouge), shared the 36-hole lead with Cody Gribble at 134, but Gribble fell back after shooting 72 on Friday for 206.
“Putting probably carried me today,” Carrey said, noting that he had used 26 putts. “I was able to make some pars with my putting … a 10-foot putt for a par on No. 1 and an 8-foot putt for a par on No. 5.
“I didn’t take advantage of the par-5s today and tomorrow I will have to.”
Coming in he said that key up-and-down efforts with putts for pars on Nos. 12 and 13 kept his game going.
Jasper’s 7-under 65 was the day’s lowest round along with that posted by Case Cochran, who is at 205.
A former Web.com player, Jasper also had a good day putting, sinking a 25-footer for birdie on No. 3 and running in several from 8-10 feet. His nines were 33 and 32 and he birdied four of his last six holes.
Allen had a tough start to his day and wound up with an even-par 72 for his second 18. He began his final 18 holes Friday on the back nine and said he got momentum going when he parred No. 15 after dunking his tee shot into the water. He got his score to 2-under but bogeyed his final hole — No. 9 — after hitting a tight approach shot and wound up at 71.
Mark Walker, the tour’s leading money winner, is expected to claim that crown as none playing today can overtake the $59,000 he has won. First-place money today is $15,000.