British Columbia Am: Carrigan's lead shrinks
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia (July 11, 2013) -- Kevin Carrigan fired a three-under-par third round at the Springs at Radium but lost all but one of his four streak lead heading into the final round of the 111th BC Amateur Championship, co-hosted by the Springs at Radium in Radium Hot Springs and the Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere.

Carrigan, the 2012 Canadian Men's Mid- Amateur champion from Victoria, started the day four strokes ahead of his nearest competitors Kevin Spooner of West Vancouver and Maple Ridge's Kevin Kwon. After posting four birdies on the front nine and another two on holes 10 and 11, it looked like Carrigan was running away with the Championship. That, however, was not the case.

In the group ahead of him was a charging Charlie Hughes of Langley. The University of Washington Husky alum was making birdies from everywhere, posting a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 in his third round, jumping the leader board to finish the day a single stroke back of Carrigan's 201 total (-13) at 12-under-par.

"I felt pretty good for most of the day," stated Hughes.

"I felt good with the putter. Most of the day I felt good and I had a lot of birdie looks. My swing feels a lot better now so I just gotta go to the range, tune it up and try and make birdies [tomorrow]. Everyone is making birdies so that is the name of the game right now."

Carrigan, who didn't play poorly by any stretch of the imagination, was slightly dejected following his round thinking what could have been.

"I shot myself in the foot. I doubled the par three [14th] and then missed a short birdie putt on the next hole. I just struggled coming in and it had nothing to do with nerves just a couple of bad strokes and that is the way it goes."

Asked how he would prepare for tomorrow with the lead at the BC Amateur, Carrigan didn't hold back on his plans.

"Just go out there, hit drivers and keep it in play. The driver was going really well today so I am excited to go back out there and hit some fairways."

Playing in his group today was Spooner, a fellow U of Washington alum and former team mate of Hughes, who started his round off with a chip around double bogey before righting the ship and going seven-under-par over his next 17 holes to post a third round 67. With the 203 total, Spooner sits at -11 overall and will be paired with Hughes and Carrigan in tomorrow's final pairing.

"I had a couple of bad chips and made 6 to start out," said Spooner, a member of Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver.

"There was a lot of birdies out here so I was able to stay patient after that start, hit a couple of close iron shots and make a couple putts."

Sliding down the leader board after an even- par 72 on a day that had red numbers from most of the leaders was Kwon. After getting his round to -4 through 13 holes, Kwon would give four strokes back over his next three holes, capped by an uncharacteristic triple bogey on the 15th hole. Kwon now sits at -6 over and will be paired with fellow Team Canada Development Squad member Adam Svensson of Surrey and Nanaimo's Zach Anderson in tomorrow's final round.

Round of the day went to San Diego State University Aztec Kevin Ko of Coquitlam who posted an eight-under-par 64. Ko started his round by going eight under through his first eleven holes before hitting a cold streak and parring out. At one point, thoughts of a 59 were creeping into the gallery who was in attendance at the Springs at Radium.

The final round is set to take place tomorrow morning at 7:30am at the Copper Point Golf Course in Invermere.

The top-3 competitors from the 111th BC Amateur Championship will represent British Columbia on Team BC at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship to be held August 6-9, 2013 at the Royal Colwood Golf Club and Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.

Results For British Columbia Amateur Golf Championship
1CanadaCharlie HughesCanada40068-69-65-70--272
2CanadaAdam SvenssonCanada30071-68-68-65--272
3CanadaKevin CarriganCanada20070-62-69-72--273
4CanadaKevin KwonCanada20066-70-72-69--277
T5CanadaEric BanksCanada20067-71-73-67--278

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