PGA Trainees competing in the 2018 ADH Club Car WA PGA Trainee Championship were treated to perfect Spring weather around the pristine Hartfield Country Club for the first three rounds of the tournament.

Through the first round, which was incorporated with the pro-am, Mount Lawley’s John Boulton shot out of the blocks to lead the field by three with 2-under par 70. Roshan Fernando was in second place after 1-over par 73, followed by defending champion Conor Brown at 2-over par 74.

Players were greeted by a cool, sunny Perth morning but with 36 holes ahead in the day, they were no doubt going to warm up.

Overnight leadrer John Boulton posting 7-over par 79 opened up the leaderboard for the field to make their move. Conor Brown moved a step closer to holding on to the title for another year posting low round of the morning, even par 72 and moving into the lead at 2-over par total.

Correy price and Dale Howie shot 1-over par 73 which moved them into outright 3rd and 4th position with Lakelands Trainee Ethan Andrew shooting a 77 to be 8-over total and tied 5th with Victorian Marcus Hakkinen.

The Westerly kicked in testing the players through round three, low round went to Secret Harbour Trainee and consistent performer throughout the year Dale Howie, who posted 1-under par 71 to take the clubhouse lead at 6-over par.

The 2017 winner Conor Brown moved closer to back to back wins posting 2-over par 74 to be outright leader at 4-over par. Round one leader John Boulton bounced back with a 74 to be third at 7-over par followed by Ethan Andrews shooting an even-par 72 to be fourth outright and four back.

With testing conditions in today's final round it looks like the battle for State Championship will come from the top handful of players.

Round four is underway.