Sarah Gallagher Makes a Move on Moving Day at the Mizuno National Junior Championship
Dunphy, Matthews & Cranston maintain their leads heading into tomorrows final round.
Innisfil, Ontario (August 29, 2018) – Defending Mizuno National Junior Champion Sarah Gallagher made her move on Wednesday at National Pine Golf Club, putting together a solid round of even-par (72) that included five birdies on her score card. The third-round score gives her a three-day total of 15-over (231) and she holds a four-shot lead over Erin Kim of Toronto going into the final round.
Gallagher, starting one shot back of Kim and playing in the same group, struggled on her opening nine, carding two bogeys and one double bogey to go with two birdies and went out in 2-over (38). She managed to get things back under control on the back nine however, posting three consecutive birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14 to get her score down to one-under. A difficult bogey on the closing par five 18th hole however saw hopes of her first under-par round of the week dashed, closing with a 2-under (34) on the back-nine for an even-par (72) total.
Speaking after her round 14-year-old Sarah didn’t really have anything bad to say about her round despite her opening nine on Wednesday.
“It was a very good round, I stayed calm and didn’t make any mistakes which is good”.
She plans to keep the same mindset that brought her success in round three heading into her final round of competition.
“I’m going to keep my strategy tomorrow about the same as today. Just stay calm and think about every shot.”
Brendan Dunphy (Whitby, ON) continued his steady play in the Junior Boys (U19) division and maintains a narrow lead over Gerry Mei (North York, ON) heading into tomorrows final round. Dunphy’s third round 73, puts him at 5-over (220) for the tournament one stroke better then Mei who made his own move on Wednesday, carding an even-par (72) and sits just one-shot back of Dunphy at 221. Yuqi Liu (Thornhill, ON) also shot a 72 in round three and sits in solo third place just two shots back of the lead.
Dunphy was all smiles after his round, despite being over-par. He spoke about the great conditions at National Pines and the great job the maintenance crew has done with the course over the past few days.
“I found the course in great condition, especially after how wet it was in round one. The maintenance crew has done a great job with all the rain that we’ve gotten, making sure the course is in great condition and playable”.
Dunphy plans to focus on the same strategy tomorrow that has put him in the lead, keeping the ball in the fairway giving himself as many puts for birdie as possible.
In the Bantam Boys (U15) division, second round leader Justin Matthews (Little Britain, ON) faltered a bit in round three but managed to maintain the lead heading into the final round. His third-round score of 5-over (77) puts him at 7-over (223) total for the tournament just one shot ahead of Bradley Parker (Toronto, ON) who sits at 8-over (224).
Parker who began the day seven-shots back of Matthews posted his best round of the tournament on moving day, a 1-under (71) which helped to propel him up the leaderboard as Matthews fell back.
Bradley attributed his improved putting in round three to be the difference that helped him make his move.
“I just started to see some putts fall today. My ball striking has been pretty good all week so really its my putting that made the difference today”.
Katie Cranston (Oakville, ON) manage to maintain the five-shot lead she started day three with over Vanessa Borovilos (Toronto, ON) going into the final round. Playing together in the final Bantam Girls (U15) group, both girls carded rounds of three-over (75) on Wednesday but in very different ways.
Cranston struggled at the start of her round, with early bogeys on holes 1, 3 and 5. Those bogeys were followed with birdies on holes 6, 7 and 9 to go out in even-par 36 on the front-nine. The early half of her back-nine wasn’t much better with back to back double bogeys on holes 11 and 12 followed by another bogey on 13. The 14-year-old managed to regain her composer again however to close out the round with birdies on 15 and 18 to stay at three-over (75) on her day.
12-year-old Borovilos’ had a little less excitement in her round, opening the day with a birdie on the first hole, she would follow with a bogey two holes later, on hole number 3. A bogey on hole 8 and a double bogey on hole 9 saw her go out in three-over 39. Her back nine featured one bogey and one birdie in the first four holes followed by five consecutive pars to come in with at 36 and finish the day with 3-over (75).
The Final Round of the Mizuno National Junior Championship begins tomorrow (Thursday, August 30) at 8:30 am.
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National Pines Course & Yardage
Course Par – 72
Junior Boys (U19) – 6840 yards
Junior Girls (U19) – 6005 yards
Bantam Boys (U15) – 6005 yards
Bantam Girls (U15) – 5220 yards