Moving day proved to be one of excitement and intrigue at the NSW & ACT PGA Trainee Championship as the trainees battled the elements on the Riverside Oaks Gangurru Course.
Only 12 trainees managed to break par in round 3, with Port Macquarie Trainee Thomas Biron being the standout.
Starting the day two-shots behind 36-hole leader Brayden Petersen, the first-year trainee from Port Macquarie managed to break away from the pack and return a round of 7-under 65 that included eight8 birdies and an eagle on the par-5 12th.
“I hit a lot of fairways today which helped me keep the momentum and hit more greens in regulation. What helped me the most were the few times I holed some good par putts to maintain the momentum,” Biron said.
“Going into tomorrow I think I will need to keep up the positive intent, stick to the game plan and keep that ball in play.”
Overnight leader Brayden Petersen is sitting in second place with four shots to make up in order to take the top honours while Frazer Droop sits in outright third after carding a 2-under par 70.
“Felt like a bit of a nothing day compared to how Tom was hitting it, but I wasn’t hitting it close enough to do any damage,” Droop said.
“My body is getting better with each day and with the weather forecast being pretty ordinary tomorrow anything can happen.”
First-year trainee from Everglades Country Club, Kirt Anthony, recorded the second-best score of the day with a 4-under par 68.
“A few putts went my way too and although I have quite the deficit to make up tomorrow, I am hoping to get off to a hot start which may put some pressure on the top end of the leaderboard.”
It was also a tale of two nines for Goulburn Trainee, Luke Humphries, who at the turn was sitting at 4-over par for the day. His 5-under par back-9 saw him get back to be tied at fourth place with Jordan Widdicombe (Concord GC).
“I was a bit nonchalant about how I approach my shots on the first 9 today, however I tried to change my thinking and intensity going into the back-9 and that got me in with three birdies and an eagle to finish the day,” Humphries said.
“If I can go out tomorrow with the same intensity and give myself more opportunities I think I may be in with a chance.”
Victorian Trainees Jack Sandic and Lachlan Armour are also in the mix with their scores of 71 and 70 respectively have them sitting inside the top-10.
Haydn Garner from Queens Park Golf Club and Thomas Pritchard-Davies from Royal Sydney Golf Club carded rounds of 3-under par to move further up the leaderboard.
With the forecast set to be cold, windy and wet it is still anyone’s guess who will take out the top honours.
The final round will begin at 9am Friday 30 August 2019. Live-scores will be available here.
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