PAWLEYS ISLAND - Andrew Novak of Mount Pleasant continues to lead by two strokes after a tumultuous third round of the 83rd SCGA Amateur Championship at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island.
Two weather delays, including heavy rains and significant lightning, kept the field off the course for nearly four hours. A saturated course also forced SCGA Tournament Officials to make the course play as a par 71, changing the short par-4 16th hole into a 135-yard par 3.
Undeterred by the delays and conditions, many players came out swinging including the 36-hole leader. Novak chipped in three times on holes 3, 4 and 6, making two birdies and saving par. He also ran in a putt from off the fringe on the par-5 13th hole for eagle. There were four bogies on the scorecard though, leaving Novak with a third-round score of 1-under-par 70 and a three day total tournament lead of 8-under 207.
Jonathan Hardee of Greer, who will play for Alabama in the fall, is in second place at 209 after seven birdies and just one bogey, coming on the final hole, in a round of 6-under 65.
Six other players are under par, including Ross Thomson (67) of Daniel Island and Caleb Sturgeon (69), who are three shots off the lead. The rest of the field will be trying to chase down Novak as he vies to go wire-to-wire.
Rhyne Jones (70) of Johns Island is tied for 10th at even-par 215.
Final-round pairings will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday off the No. 1 and 10 tees. The leaders will tee off at 9.50 a.m. on No. 1. For pairings, full scores including individual hole by hole scores and other information, go to www.scamateur.com.