Gann, from the central Georgia town of Bonaire, made six birdies at the 6,727-yard, par-70 Idle Hour Club in Macon to reach 6-under par heading into today’s final round.
After playing the front side in even par, Gann birdied No. 10, and then ran off three birdies in a row at 13, 14, and 15. A bogey at 17 temporarily dropped him back to 5-under, but a birdie on the par-3 18th pushed the lead back to three.
Kennesaw State’s Kelby Burton shot 71 and is in second place, with three others — Georgia Southern’s Matt Mierzejewski, Mercer’s Trey Rule and Columbus State’s Robert Mize — one shot farther back at 2-under.
Burton held the lead most of the day and was 5-under with four holes to play, but two late bogeys derailed his round. Still, the rising fifth-year senior will be playing in the final pairing with Gann and Rule.
Mierzejewski used four back-nine birdies to shoot 69. Rule, the first-round leader, bounced back from Friday’s 74 by birdieing four of his last six holes for a 69, and Mize, the son of 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize, had two birdies and an eagle on way to a 3-under 67.
Statesboro’s Carter Collins, the associate head coach at Georgia Southern, is the only other player in red figures as his even-par 70 left him at 1-under and in sixth place alone.
Georgia’s Sepp Straka matched Gann’s 66 for the low round of the day to pull himself back to even for the tournament.
Kennesaw’s Daniel Kim, along with former Harrison High School and current South Carolina standout Blaine Woodruff, led the remainder of the locals in the field at 6-over. Kim shot a third-round 69, while a pair of pair of triple bogeys derailed an otherwise promising round for Woodruff, who finished with a 74.
Kennesaw State assistant coach Chad Wilson, who was tied for sixth after an opening-round 69, did not make a birdie Saturday, shot 77 and is tied for 41st at 9-over.
Former Whitefield Academy standout Ty Hampel, who was within three shots of the lead through 10 holes Friday, played his next 24 holes in 15-over par. The rising junior at Berry finished Saturday’s round with an 81 and fell to 64th at 14-over.