Kountakis takes 3rd-round lead at Palmetto Am

Friday, June 6, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. – Emmanuel Kountakis fired a 3-under 67 Friday to jump into the lead at the Palmetto Amateur.

Kountakis, who plays at Mercer University, leads by a shot over Clemson's Billy Kennerly, who stormed into contention with the round of the day, a 5-under 65.

First- and second-round leader Will Long stumbled in Round 3, shooting a 3-over 73 and falling to third place. His 65-68 start had built a two-shot lead entering Friday's third round.

Kennesaw State's Jimmy Beck remains in contention and sits in fourth place with a Friday 69 while Spencer Ciesla of Vanderbilt and South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith shot 67 and 68, respectively, to sneak into a tie for fifth place.

Other notable Friday movers include: LSU's Curtis Thompson and Zachary Bauchou, a highly-ranked junior golfer from Virginia (T-7), Ross Thomson of Charleston Southern (10th), Azalea champ Will Murphy of South Carolina (T-11), Memorial winner and Texas A&M signee Cameron Champ (T-14) and Georgia's Michael Cromie (T-14).