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Former UK golfer Winings leads Hooters Tour event in Georgetown

Andy Winings, a former All-SEC golfer at the University of Kentucky, shot 64 in the third round of the NGA/Hooters Tour's Cherry Blossom Classic to move one shot ahead of Scott Feaster and Casey Wittenberg in Georgetown.

For the first time all week, Winings, of Brownsburg, Ind., was able to play the 6,842-yard course without a bogey. He had eight birdies to move from third place to the outright lead.

Winings has shot rounds of 70, 66 and 64 for a three-day total of 200.

In his second season on the tour, Winings' best showing came earlier this season when he finished tied for sixth at the Charter Childhood Cancer Awareness Classic in Gainesville, Ga.

Feaster, of Columbia, S.C., started the day with a three-shot lead, but the former University of South Carolina Gamecock shot an even-par 72 on Saturday. Feaster could have slipped further back in the field after playing the front nine at 2-over, but he rebounded with birdies at Nos. 13 and 15 to get back to even par for the day.

Wittenberg, of Memphis, shot a 69 on Saturday, the third day in a row the former NGA/Hooters Tour Player of the Year shot in the 60s.

Justin Smith, of Franklin, Tenn., picked up 10 spots on the leader board by shooting a 65. He is tied for fourth with Jeff Corr, of Longwood, Fla. Both are two shots back.

Former Eastern Kentucky University golfer Brandon Brown is also two shots back after shooting his second straight 66.

Two-time Cherry Blossom champion Mark Blakefield of Maysville moved into a tie for eighth with a 67. Blakefield also starred at the University of Kentucky.

The final round of the Cherry Blossom Classic will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the public.

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