By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
SAUCIER – Clay Homan was looking for that one low round. He found it Saturday in the 98th annual MGA State Amateur Championship.
Fulton’s Homan, the two-time defending champion and four-time winner of the event, posted a 5-under-par 67 to move back into contention headed into today’s final round at Grand Bear.
The Mississippi State golf coach has a three-day total of 2-under 214, which has him six shots behind the leader, 2007 State Am winner Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs.
“I’m proud to get back in there,” Homan said. “You never know what’s going to happen. I could have another good round. We’ll see what happens.”
Homan opened Saturday’s round with three consecutive birdies.
“I got off to a great start,” he said. “I never got into very much trouble.”
GOLF’S HIS GAME
Michael Collie was a baseball player before he helped lead Blue Mountain to a third-place finish in the 2012 TranSouth Athletic Conference Golf Championships.
Collie, who pitched and played the outfield for Northeast Mississippi CC, finished fifth overall in the conference tournament last year. He also finished 13th in last year’s State Am at Reunion.
The Collierville, Tenn., resident, didn’t play high school golf.
• Next year’s State Am is scheduled to be played at Dancing Rabbit in Philadelphia.
It was played there in 1998 and 2006.
The 100th State Am in 2015 will be played at the Country Club of Jackson. Tupelo’s Fletcher Johnson won his State Am title there in 2010.
• Tupelo’s Don Hershfelt is the tournament director for the Mississippi Golf Association. He was in charge of setting up the Grand Bear course for play this week.
• Golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed this course. He shot a 68 – 4-under-par – during his first round on the pine tree-lined 7,000-yard layout.