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Trio shares first-round lead at GSGA Am

ROSWELL -- Robert Sheats of Alpharetta, Scott Weeks of Savannah and 2010 champion Lee Knox of Augusta all turned in scores of 3-under-par 69 to share the opening round lead of the 91st annual Georgia Amateur Championship on Thursday at Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek.

Weeks, 32, posted a clean round with three birdies and 15 pars. Knox, 21, a golfer at the University of Alabama, collected five birdies with two bogeys. Sheats, 46, who finished in a three-way tie for runner-up honors when the Amateur was last held at Settindown in 2007, had four birdies with one bogey (par-3 17th).

A total of 15 players finished under par on the 7,104-yard course, and after the three 69s, the field is bunched together. Six players -- Jimmy Banyas of Duluth, Bill Faith of Eatonton, Michael Garretson of Acworth, William Mitchell of Roswell, Travis Snyder of Fayetteville, Chris Waters of Athens -- finished at 2-under 70. Mitchell, the reigning Georgia Public Links Champion, was runner-up in last year's Georgia Amateur. Another six players came in at 71, while 11 players came in at even-par.

Defending champion David Noll Jr. of Dalton carded a 1-over 73.

Knox is the son of two-time Georgia Mid-Amateur champion Jeff Knox, who shot an 81 in today's round, and is looking to become the 16th golfer in Georgia Amateur history to win at least two titles.

The Georgia Amateur Championship is conducted by the Georgia State Golf Association and brings together 144 of the state's best male amateur golfers for the prestigious state title first won by Bobby Jones in 1916.