Nottingham took a major step toward his third Ridgefields title, shooting a 5-under par 67 on Saturday to pull ahead by six strokes. The Clemson golfer was at 133, 11 under par, through 36 holes.
That was six shots ahead of defending champion Lucas Armstrong, who shot 69 but lost a stroke.
Meanwhile, Green put together his second subpar round, a 2-under 70 on Saturday to seize the lead in the Senior Division. It left the 67-year-old from Kingsport at 141, 3 under par.
“I just hung in there,” Green said. “I hit some really stray shots and I was able to get up and down a couple of times. On the par-fives, I missed three putts inside of three feet. They either broke out of the hole or I cut them a little bit. I was fortunate to shoot that. It could have gone the other way easily.”
As it turns out, Green will take a three-shot lead into the final round. Mike Poe lost three strokes on the final two holes to shoot his second consecutive 72 to stand at even par. Mark Halvorsen was 1-over par after a 72.
First-round leader and defending senior champion Tim Dinwiddie followed his opening 70 with a 77 and fell into seventh place.
“It’s never enough of a lead because all those guys are great players,” Green said. “You can have a two-shot swing on one hole. It’ll take a good round of golf because there’s a lot of good golfers, champions who know how to get it done, and they’ll be bringing it.”
Poe was 3-under par and likely tied for the lead standing on the 17th tee. He bogeyed the par-three hole before getting behind a tree on No. 18 and making double-bogey.
Before the round started, Poe said he’ll be OK if he could just make some putts. Afterward, he said it didn’t happen.
“I hit a lot of good shots,” he said. “I just didn’t make anything. I had a lot of 10- to 15-footers and hit a lot of good putts. They just didn’t go in. I keep getting the line. When I get the speed right, maybe they’ll start going in.”
Green, Poe and Halvorsen will be in the final group on Sunday. They’ll go off at 10:50 a.m.
“Tony’s awful good for his age and what he’s gone through physically,” Poe said. “He amazes me what a good player he still is. And he’s a great competitor.”
Cary Daniels, Bill Lewis and Lyman Fulton are five shots back.
Hal McHorris added to his lead in the Super Senior Division, firing a 74 to stand at 3-over par through 36 holes. He is on top by 15 shots.
In the Championship Division, Nottingham and Armstrong will be joined in the final group by Scotty Hudson, the only other golfer to break par in both rounds. He shot 70 Saturday and was at 141.
Also at 141 was Chance Taylor, who authored a 69 of his own.
Jon Wes Lovelace, a 16-year-old who plays for Volunteer High School, was at 142. Five players were under par heading into the final round.
The final group is scheduled to tee off at noon.