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Green fires 66 to lead

COLUMBUS - Michael Green of Augusta carded a pair of 33s for a 5-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead over past champion David Noll Jr. of Dalton in the opening round of the 88th annual Georgia Amateur Championship on Thursday.

Green, who started Thursday's round on the Country Club of Columbus' 10th hole, turned at 2 under with birdies on No. 11 and 17. On the front side, he carded five birdies but also suffered a double bogey on the 178-yard, par-3 eighth hole.

Noll, who won the 2003 Georgia Amateur, enjoyed a bogey-free day with four birdies (holes 4, 8, 11, 18) for his 67. Noll also won the 2007 Georgia Mid-Amateur championship at the Columbus course.

Five players are tied for third at 3-under 68, including 2007 champion Harris English of Thomasville, Jason Personette of Atlanta, John Stembridge of Norcross, Robert Sheats of Atlanta and Casey Willis of Tifton.

Defending champion Russell Henley of Macon is among five players tied for eighth at 69, along with Brian Carter of Evans, Adam Cooper of Columbus, reigning Georgia Mid-Amateur champion Jeff Knox of Augusta and Mark Lyons of Mableton.

Duluth's Ben Greene is five shots back after firing a first-round, even-par 71. The group of golfers who shot 72 includes Lilburn's Jacob Keen, Buford's Shawn Yim and Lawrenceville's Zach Estep, Greene's teammate on Peachtree Ridge's golf team.

Stackhouse youngest champ at Ga. Open

NEWNAN - Mariah Stackhouse, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at North Clayton High, emerged victorious in a playoff against Newnan's Jackie Szymoniak on Thursday, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the Yamaha Georgia Women's Open.

Stackhouse shot 71 in the second round, tying Szymoniak at 5-under-par 139. She won on the first playoff hole with a par.

Suwanee's Kendall Wright, who plays out of Bear's Best, shot 68 and 72 in the two-day event, tying former Georgia Bulldog Angela Jerman for third at 4-under 140.

Mill Creek grad Emilie Burger (71-74) tied for seventh and Suwanee's Sloan Shanahan (78-74) was 15th.