Atkinson leads City Am by two

Atkinson

Bert Atkinson finds himself in the driver’s seat once again heading into today’s final round in the 62nd Charleston Men’s Amateur Golf Championship at Municipal Golf Course.

Atkinson, a six-time winner with his most recent victory coming in 2010, shot a 6-under-par 66 Saturday for a 136 total. He holds a two-shot lead over Jeff Chapa and is four shots in front of Matt Laydon and Caulder Moore, who share third. Laydon matched Atkinson’s second-round 66, while Moore posted his second straight 70.

Atkinson, who started his round on the back nine, birdied the first two holes and then added a string of three birdies starting at 15 for a 31 as he made the turn. His only birdie on the front nine was the par-5 seventh hole as he managed to avoid making any bogeys.

Chapa had three birdies and two bogeys on each side for matching 35s and a round of 70.

Play in today’s final round begins at 7 a.m., with the leaders scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m. A field of 192 golfers is competing in the tournament.

LEADERS Bert Atkinson 70-66—136

Jeff Chapa 68-70—138 Matt Laydon 74-66—140

Caulder Moore 70-70—140 Bart Branan 72-70—142

Brian Phillips 68-74—142 Steve Agazzi 70-73—143

Andy Gianoukos 73-70—143 Jon Giesin 70-74—144

Ben Sloan 71-73—144 Jimmy Hyams 72-72—144

A.D. Lewis IV 74-70—144 Kris Niemi 72-72—144

Mark Hoover 76-69—145 Jarrett Swan 71-74—145

Clark Truluck 72-73—145 Matt Wood 70-75—145

John Assey 69-77—146 Tadd Brown 67-79—146

Kevin Driggers 72-74—146 Ralph Edwards 72-74—146

Brooks Harlow 72-74—146 Garris Killingsworth 72-74—146

Ross Tooley 72-74—146 Taylor Zoller 73-73—146

Kurtis Luedtke 71-76—147 Blake Banks 78-69—147

Paul Conway 76-71—147 Lushen Evans 77-70—147

Blake Maull 75-72—147 Jonathan Smith 72-75—147

Scott Glaze 72-76—148 Patrick Mallard 71-77—148