- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Four golfers are tied for the lead heading into the final round Friday of the 109th Ohio Amateur Championship at the Zanesville Country Club.

Jack Sparling of Dublin shot a 1-over par 73 during the third round Thursday and is tied at 4-under par with Logan Lagodich of Canton, Jonathan Feldkamp from Cincinnati and Dublin’s Jared Howard.

Sparling began the round holding a one-stroke lead over Feldkamp and Dennis Holub of Reminderville with a 5-under-par total of 139 after completing his second round earlier in the day. Several golfers had to complete Wednesday’s round after play was stopped because of rain. Holub shot 79 Thursday and is seven shots back.

The third round began on an auspicious note for Sparling when he double-bogeyed the par-5, 530-yard first hole. After a par on the next hole, he bogeyed three, four and five before sinking birdies on the seventh and ninth holes. He completed the back nine at 2-under with birdies on 13 and 15.

Howard and Lagodich each birdied the par-4 17th hole and finished with 71s. Feldkamp overcame an opening round 74 with a 66 in the second round and an even-par 72 on Thursday.

Blake Foutty of Canal Fulton had a 68 for the lowest score of the third round. He is tied for fifth with Todd Humrichouser of Westerville at a 1-under-par.

Medina’s Patrick Luth is seventh at even-par 216 after a 71.

Two-time defending champion Andrew Dorn is six strokes back of the leaders at 2-over-par after shooting 69.

The field consisted of 144 players, 105 of them under age 25, and was trimmed to 67 players after 36 holes. After Thursday’s cut at 7-over, 40 golfers will compete in the final round Friday.

Zanesville Country Club is a par 72, 6,932-yard course with 48 bunkers. It has previously hosted the Ohio Amateur in 1955, 1960 and 2005.

The Ohio Amateur has regional qualifiers from Coldstream Country Club, Fox Meadows Country Club, Maumee Bay State Park Golf Club, Miami Valley Golf Club, Oakhurst Country Club and Trumbull Country Club.

Six former champions began play on Tuesday.

Past competitors in the Ohio Amateur include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, former Ohio State and PGA pro John Cook and 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis.

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