By Chris Richards (@AJGARichards), AJGA Communications
- Three players from North Carolina made the 54-hole cut, which fell at 18-over-par. Stephen Franken (Raleigh) moved into a tie for fifth after shooting a third-round 71. He is 1-over-par for the tournament, just four strokes off Charles Huntzinger, who leads at 3-under-par.
“It’s meant a lot to play well this week,” Franken said. “Playing at Sedgefield is pretty homey to me. I’m a McConnell member [Raleigh Country Club], so it’s pretty special to play at a great course and great tournament. It’d be even more special to win it.”
- Sedgefield Country Club's Donald Ross Course has proven to test AJGA players and PGA TOUR players in a similar fashion.
- The FJ Invitational to PGA TOUR connection has been well documented, but past champs have also excelled as amateurs. Matthew NeSmith, the 2011 FJ Invitational champion, qualified for the U.S. Open after winning his Sectional Qualifier with rounds of 63-64. Earlier this year, Austin Connelly, winner of the 2014 FJ Invitational, teamed with Sam Burns and advanced to the semifinals at the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.