Victorian Chris Gaunt continues to lead the WA Goldfields PGA Championship following the third round played today at the Kalgoorlie Golf Club.
Media release, courtesy of the PGA of Australasia.
Keeping his nerves under control, Gaunt fired a third round of 3-under 69 to be 13-under for the tournament and maintain his position on the leaderboard heading into the final round.
“I was surprised, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I was going to be,” said Gaunt, who opened his round with a birdie.
“I had a good start which settled me down, I felt like I was fitting in quite well and just continuing on from the first two days.”
“I made a couple of bad swings with the driver on a couple of key par-5’s but apart from that it was a pretty solid round.”
Gaunt leads by two shots from West Australian Amateur Jarryd Felton but will be concentrating on his own game as he aims to close out the tournament tomorrow.
“It’s only numbers at the end of the day so it doesn’t matter who is behind me,” added Gaunt.
“I think I have to keep going the same way, I can’t change the game plan, it seems to have worked so far.”
After a course record equalling round yesterday, Felton consolidated his second place on the leaderboard with a 3-under 69 today.
“It was tough to back up a really low one from yesterday but I managed to do it,” said Felton.
“A couple of soft bogeys on the 9th and 11th holes halted me from going really low but I did well to keep my head and make a couple of birdie coming in.”
Ready to strike in the final round, Felton is feeling more comfortable on the PGA Tour of Australasia in his fourth appearance.
“I am pretty relaxed considering it’s a Pro event but I have played a couple of these now and know what to do,” added Felton.
“I have shown that I can shoot the scores for the week and the birdies are out there, hopefully I play well.”
On 10-under the card South Australian Peter Cooke is outright third on the leaderboard and will play in the final round with Gaunt and Felton.
While a further shot back again and rounding out the top-5 are Daniel Valente (VIC), Ben Campbell (NZ) and Peter Lee (NZ) who is the third player this week to equal the course record, 7-under 65.