SNOW HILL, N.C. – (June 22, 2013) – While many names graced the top of the leaderboard in the third round of the Cutter Creek Classic presented by Bojangles’ on Saturday, Adam Hogue’s was the only one there at the end of play.
After starting the third round in a tie for seventh, Hogue, a former N.C. State golfer from Bradenton, Fla., carded a 6-under 66 on Saturday to reach 11-under par for the event and will carry a one-shot lead over Hunter Green into the final round of the $150,000 event.
“I started off pretty good today; I birdied the first hole and eagled the second hole,” said Hogue, who is looking for his first NGA TOUR victory. “After that, my confidence was going and the putter felt good for once.”
With the hot start, Hogue made it a six-way tie for the lead early in the third round and not even a steady drizzle cool the Wolfpack alumnus. He added birdies on Nos. 5 and 11 to remain tied for the lead and moved out front for the first time of the week with a birdie on No. 15. Despite the conditions, Hogue finished the day without a bogey and will be playing in his first final group on the NGA TOUR.
“I’m excited,” said Hogue. “I’ve really focused on course management this week and missing in the right spot. If you’re on the wrong side of the hole around here, you’re going to have to work hard. I’m hitting a lot of fairways and greens. I’ve never really been in this position before. It’s a learning experience. We’ll go out and see how it goes on Sunday.”
Green, a Middle Tennessee State alumnus from Evensville, Tenn., will also be making his first appearance in the final group of an NGA TOUR event on Sunday. The former Blue Raider posted six birdies and three bogeys in the third round en route to a 3-under 69 and solo second place at 10-under par.
“I think I’ve been over par after a few holes in two out of the three rounds, but I’ve stayed patient,” said Green, who is the only player in the field to card three sub-70 rounds. “I’ve been practicing a lot and my game is starting come around a little bit. Hopefully, I can get off to a better start on Sunday. If I don’t get off to a good start, I’ll just try to stay patient.”
After shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round, Brian Richey will join Green and Hogue in the final group on Sunday. Richey, a former Florida Southern golfer from Lakeland, Fla., carded eight birdies and two bogeys on Saturday to match Hogue for the low round of the day and moved into a tie for third with Paul Apyan, Matt Hendrix and Jin Jeong at 9-under par.
Jeong and Apyan also made large gains on Moving Day. Apyan, a Southern Mississippi alumnus from Cleveland, Tenn., rode a hot putter to a 5-under 67 on Saturday, while Jeong, the 2010 British Amateur champion from Melbourne, Australia, excelled in the tough conditions, shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round.
Hendrix, a Clemson alum from Greenville, S.C., was 3 under for the day and 11-under par for the tournament on No. 11, but two late bogeys left him with a 1-under 71 on Saturday and tied for third.
Mitchell Gregson (69), Travis Hampshire (70) and Jesse Hutchins (71) will start the final round of play tied for seventh at 8-under par, while Ken Looper (70), Chris Wolfe (70), Ben Silverman (70) and former PGA TOUR winner Eric Axley (70) begin the final round T10 at 7-under par.
In addition to earning $22,000 on Sunday, the winner could walk away with an event exemption into the Utah Championship. The leading money winner from last week’s Avoca Classic and the Cutter Creek Classic will earn a spot in the field at the Web.com Tour event. If there is a tie in the exemption standings, the exemption will go to the player higher on the season-long money list.
The final round of the Cutter Creek Classic will start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. As always, admission is free to the public.
-(Per NGA Tour)