Healy eyes another big round at Georgia Amateur

sports@macon.comJuly 12, 2014 

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Zachary Healy watches his tee shot on the Par 4 13th hole at Idle Hour Club during the Georgia Amateur Championship Saturday.

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Zachary Healy entered Saturday’s third round of the Georgia Amateur Championship as a frontrunner following a low round Friday.

He’ll enter Sunday’s final round at Idle Hour Club seeking another big round to move up the leaderboard.

A 5-over-75 on Saturday dropped Healy from near the lead into a tie for 12th. His 3-over total score places him nine shots behind leader Stan Gann Jr.

One day after his 4-under 66 included four birdies, Healy managed two birdies and bogeyed five holes and had one double-bogey Saturday.

“I just left a lot out there. I didn’t have a lot of birdies,” Healy said. “There’s just a lot more birdies (that can be made) out here.”

The Peachtree Corners golfer and Georgia signee entered Saturday at 2 under and stayed that way through the first six holes before three consecutive bogeys dropped him to 1 over at the turn following the ninth hole.

Healy bounced back to start the back nine. A birdie on No. 10 brought him to even par. On the 13th hole, he moved to 1 under as he carded a birdie on the par-4 hole.

Healy, however, was unable to sustain the momentum on a course that he says puts an emphasis on taking advantage of shots from the fairway toward the green.

“It’s a second-shot golf course. You have to hit the ball at the right spot into the greens,” Healy said. “You can miss greens, you just have to miss them at the right spot, they’re so small.”

A bogey on No. 14 dropped Healy back to even par where he would stay until three holes remained in the round.

Following a bogey on No. 16, Healy needed to rally back on the 466-yard 17th hole, the longest tee shot on the course. His fortunes went the opposite direction. His tee shot landed off to the right of the fairway, setting up a tough approach toward the green. From there, Healy overshot the hole and ended up with a double bogey.

“No. 17 was the only one I really hit it bad,” Healy said “Other than that, I just didn’t hit it bad, I just didn’t hit it in the right places.”

A two-putt on the final hole capped Healy’s day, saddling him with an uphill climb heading into Sunday’s final round.

“You just have to go out and try to get birdies,” Healy said. “I’m (nine) back, I’ll try and move up the leaderboard a good bit and try and sneak into the top three or five and see how it goes.”

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