Though 54 holes at the Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Wisconsin pro Charlie Danielson holds a slim one stroke lead.
On a warm day where the winds gusted to nearly 30 km/h a few golfers persevered to shoot low scores at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s National Capital Open to Support Our Troops, and Danielson was one of them.
The 23 year-old, who spent his collegiate days under legendary coach Mike Small at the University of Illinois, got off to a hot start on Saturday with birdies on four of his first six holes, and continued a strong pace throughout the day, Ultimately he would make just one bogey and post a 64. That brings him to a -15 total (67-67-64), one better than a trio of competitors.
That grouping includes Canada’s Blair Hamilton along with Americans Kramer Hickok and Mark Blakefied.
Danielson was pleased with how he got out of the gates in round three.
“I hit a lot of shots close. I got off to a great start and wedged some balls close to where I didn’t have to make many putts, and getting off to a nice start out here is key. I kind of kept it going the rest of the round,” said Danielson.
Blakefield and Hickok, who co-held the 36-hole lead with Quebec’s Raoul Menard, shot matching 3-under 68s, while Hamilton raced out to a 7-under 64 to earn a spot in the final threesome on Sunday.
19 year-old Noah Steele continued to perform in an impressive way. Despite a bogey on his closing hole the college sophomore from Kingston, Ontario turning in a 69 to follow his opening rounds of 67 and 68. At -9 overall he shares 16th place.
Austin James of Bath, Ontario added an even par, 71, to his week. With scores of 72, 67, and 71 he is tied for 57th through 54 holes.