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Noll stays in lead at Mid-Amateur Championship

DULUTH -- David Noll Jr. continued to master the Berkeley Hills Country Club golf course as the Dalton resident fired a six-under 66 in the second round of the 31st Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship on Saturday.

Noll's 66 was just two shots shy of the course record 64 held by current PGA and former Georgia Tech golfer Stewart Cink.

Noll, who carded a five-under 67 in Friday's first round, posted a pair of 33s in his round on Saturday and sits at 133 -- good for a seven-shot lead going into today's final round.

"It was another good day out there for me," said Noll Jr., the 2007 champion. "Once again, the course was in great shape and the greens were perfect. The conditions were pretty tame when I played and I didn't have to battle the wind too much. So I just went after it and posted another good score."

Chase Jones of Cartersville shot a three-under 69 to go along with Friday's 71 and sits at four-under (140), good for a second-place tie going into the final round.

Jones is tied with Jeff Knox of Augusta at four-under (140).

Knox shot a four-under 68 on Saturday after Friday's even-par 72.

Rounding out the top five are Chris Waters of Athens at three-under (141), followed by Greg Kennedy of Duluth and Jeff Belk of Marrietta each at two-under (142).

Kennedy is the 2000 champion when the tournament was played at Lanier Golf Club in Cumming.

Only six golfers are sitting below par after the first two rounds and another two -- Bob Royak of Alpharetta and Travis Steed of Macon -- sit at even-par 144 after 36 holes.

Mark Strickland of Woodstock, the 2011 champion, is at six-over (150) after rounds of 77 and 73.

On Saturday, just eight players broke par with another two shooting even-par 72 on the Berkeley Hills course.

A total of 71 golfers made the cut at 10-over (154) and will hit the course today beginning at 8 a.m.

Noll will go out at 9:50 a.m. with Knox and Jones while Waters. Kennedy and Belk will get started at 9:40.

"All I can do is go out there, put my head down and play," said Noll Jr., the 2011 GSGA Player-of-the-Year and Georgia Amateur Champion. "If I go out and play not to win, that won't work. I have to keep doing what I do best and play to win. It will take a low score to win and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Gwinnett County residents also making the cut include Rob Roy of Buford, Mitch Kim of Norcross, Mike Cromer of Peachtree Corners, Todd Eaker of Lawrenceville, Donny Phillips Jr. of Suwanee, Jeff Koontz of Suwanee, Richie Taylor of Snellville, Dave Poteet of Suwanee, John Riordan of Duluth, Terry Rush of Buford, Tom Parker of Suwanee, DeWitt Weaver III of Suwanee, Matt Kubis of Norcross, Timothy McCabe of Suwanee and Fred Rescigno Jr. of Suwanee.

There was a hole-in-one on Saturday as Greg Cottrell of Powder Springs aced the par-3, 177-yard fourth hole with a five-iron.