MACON - On a day when only a handful of players managed to come in under par, LaGrange’s Charlie Martin delivered a strong performance in the opening round of the Georgia Amateur Championship on Thursday at Idle Hour Golf & Country Club in Macon.
Martin, who will be a senior on the Georgia Southern golf team this fall, posted a 1-under par 69 in the first round, leaving him in a tie for sixth place.
Martin is five shots behind Trey Rule, who built a three-stroke lead after opening with a 65.
Four players came in with opening-round scores of 68, and Martin was one of 11 players who shot a 69.
LaGrange’s Ridge Purcell, meanwhile, opened with a 1-over 71, and he is in 29th place.
The second round is today, and the players who survive the cut will be around for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Martin began his round on the back nine, and he started quickly with a birdie on the 10th hole.
After a bogey on the 17th hole, Martin finished his first nine holes at even par.
He fell to 1-over with a bogey on the first hole, but after birdies on the second and fourth holes, he closed his round with five straight pars to finish at 1-under.
Purcell, who is coming off back-to-back top-10 performances in the Georgia Amateur, did a nice job of recovering from a difficult first nine holes.
Purcell also began on the back nine, and he had four bogeys and was 4-over par as he began his final nine holes.
Purcell got things turned around with birdies on the third, fifth and sixth holes to get to 1-over.
After a bogey at the eighth hole, Purcell finished his day with a birdie on the ninth hole to post the 1-over score.
Rule, a Mercer University golfer who won the Dogwood Invitational in June, had a clean scorecard with five birdies and no bogeys.
Rule plays frequently at Idle Hour since Mercer is in Macon, and he felt that helped him on Thursday.
“I play here a lot, and I’m just comfortable on this course,” Rule told the Macon Telegraph. “I knew it was going to be a tough day with the rain and everything. It was just a solid day. I was just staying patient, obviously, making a few putts here and there.”