The heavens opened on the field of 50 professionals playing alongside local amateurs from around South Australia, many avid supporters of what has become the marquee professional golf event in the state.

With play being suspended early into the round, Taylor Cooper from New South Wales was just getting warmed up on his way to a remarkable seven-under-par 61.

Even more incredible than the final scorecard was the fact that he only managed a par on his penultimate hole which is a 430-metre par five and closed out the round with a heart-breaking three-put bogey on his final hole.

“I was pretty annoyed at myself considering the score, 59 was certainly in the back of my mind with a few holes to play,” said Cooper who has established himself on the PGA Tour of China last year.

The Sydney based Professional is just getting started but he will take a two shot lead into the final round and will be hoping to fend off local South Aussie Jason Norris who carded another solid round of 3-under-par 65 to sit at (-6) total and is joined by Queenslander Tim Wood who shot a brilliant round of 6-under-par 62 to climb the leader board and find himself within two shots of the lead.

“The course has really held up well in the conditions and is an absolute gem of a course," said Norris who is hoping to continue his good form as he prepares to head to the One Asia Tour next month in Korea.

The tournament is the feature event in SA which makes up part of the 2017 WA/SA PGA Subaru Pro-Am Series and is an event which has been supported by the Rural City of Murray Bridge and several other key partners including the Murray Bridge Hotel.

The final round begins Friday morning at 10:00am with entry free for spectators.