British Columbia Amateur: Michael Belle up by three
NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada (July 17, 2014) -- Michael Belle retains his lead as the only competitor under par (-2) at the 112th British Columbia Amateur Championship presented by Blue Shore Financial finishing even par again on Thursday at Seymour Golf and Country Club.
Belle heads into the final round of competition with a three stroke lead over next nearest competitor with a two-day total of 211. Playing conservative appears to be working for the 22-year-old Burnaby native.
“The course was set up a little bit different today, it was a little bit longer and the par 3’s were playing a little bit differently,” said Belle post round.
“It was set up really good, you had to get a little bit more aggressive off the tee but still keep it in play. It took a lot of thinking today.”
Adam Svensson will begin the final day of the Championship solo in second place finishing +2 (214) on Thursday. The Barry University Sophomore’s day was highlighted by back-to-back birdies on numbers five and six, and on number 18 to finish out the day.
Jordan Lu, James Fahy and Spencer Weiss follow one stroke behind Svensson in a three-way tie for third at 215.
“It really is a tough course. You’ve got to stay on the fairways. I got in the rough on the back nine and made three straight bogeys to finish up,” said Weiss, of Sammamish, Washington.
One of the youngest Championship’s youngest competitors, Roy Kang, 15, finished +1 today and will begin play tomorrow tied at sixth with Jacob Vanderpas, who shot the day’s best round a 2-under-par 69, and Colin Gilliam.
“It’s a really good experience just to compete out here, the guys I’ve played with a really nice guys,” said Kang.
“I’m really excited for tomorrow, I just had a good round and I’ve got the last day tomorrow to come back a little bit so hopefully I play okay tomorrow.”
Two competitors recorded holes-in-one on day three of competition. Dylan Hughes had the third hole-in-one of the competition on number 11 at 158 yards, followed just moments later by a 127-yard ace by Stuart Bell on number 14.