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August 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Canada’s Corey Conners, Ricardo Celia of Colombia and American Eli Cole all share something in common before teeing off at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. in the final round of the 109th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship Friday.

Each player sits at six-under par 206, tied for the lead with a three shot advantage over the rest of the field, and each faces the biggest challenge of their young amateur careers.  Royal Colwood’s, Kevin Carrigan is tied for 8th, and Jarred Callbeck is in a tie for 21st going into the final day.

With Files from Golf Canada

Celia, 21, of Colombia, carded the round of the day after a 4-under 66 on Thursday. His third round was highlighted by five birdies, three of which he rolled in during his final five holes with his Colombian teammate Mateo Gomez on the bag.

“He really helped me out there today, he gave me the right club on my second shot into 18,” Celia said. “I hit it to 30ft and finished with a birdie. Tomorrow I’m just going to go out there, have fun and enjoy the challenge.”

Tied for the lead at 6-under 206 with Celia are Team Canada’s Conners, 21, of Listowel, Ont., and Eli Cole, 24, of Beverly Hills, Calif, who carded a 1-under 69 on Thursday.

Cole, 24, of Beverly Hills, Calif, carded a 1-under 69 on Thursday. A recent graduate of Texas Christian University, wowed fans following the final group early in the third round. Through five holes, he was 5-under par after holing out from the green-side bunker on the par-3 4th and rolling in an 8ft eagle putt on the par-5 5th hole.

“You always think that kind of shot is possible but you know the chances are slim to none,” Cole stated about his hole out. “Fortune was definitely on my side the first few holes today.”

The California native isn’t long off recovery from a serious injury that halted his golf career. While at TCU, Cole suffered a double fracture of the tibia and fibula playing a fun game of soccer that sidelined him for an entire season.

“It would mean a lot to win this but I still have a long way to go, anything can happen out here” he said. “I’m just having fun, it was great with the volunteers and the crowd today. It’s just exciting and I’m happy to be back playing again tomorrow.”

Conners played alongside Cole in the final group and posted an impressive 5-under 30 over his opening nine, but struggled over his closing holes posting two late double bogeys for an even-par 70. Despite his back nine mishaps on Thursday, the Team Canada National Squad member is ready to make a run at the title tomorrow.

“It obviously would be really special to win, I can’t really put it into words,” Conners said. “I’m just going to try to do my thing (Friday) and make it happen.”

Sitting three strokes behind the leaders in a tie for fourth at 3-under par are Scott Secord, 20, of Calgary and Team Canada’s Taylor Pendrith, 22, of Richmond Hill, Ont. Secord posted a 2-under 68 on Thursday, while Pendrith carded a 1-under 69.

The 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship concludes Friday, with the final round at Royal Colwood Golf Club beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The winner of Canada’s oldest national golf championship will earn an exemption into the 2014 RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club. In addition, the winner will also be exempt from local qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Open and receives an exemption into the 2013 USGA Amateur Championship and, if applicable, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and USGA Senior Amateur Championships.

3rd Round – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

Thursday, August 8

T1 Ricardo Celia Colombia 70-70-66–206 -6

T1 Corey Conners Listowel, ON 66-70-70–206 -6

T1 Eli Cole Beverly Hills, CA 71-66-69–206 -6

T4 Scott Secord Calgary, AB 70-71-68–209 -3

T4 Taylor Pendrith Richmond Hill, ON 69-71-69–209 -3

6 Paul Misko Thousand Oaks, CA 69-69-72–210 -2

7 Andrew Whalen Ephrata, WA 67-72-72–211 -1

T8 Daniel Chian Covina, CA 70-74-68–212 E

T8 Kevin Carrigan Victoria, BC 72-71-69–212 E

T8 Stephen Powers Plainfield, IL 70-73-69–212 E

T8 Chris Worrell Enid, OK 67-74-71–212 E

T12 Garrett Rank Elmira, ON 72-74-67–213 +1

T12 Brett Hogan Calgary, AB 71-72-70–213 +1

T12 Chris Hemmerich Kitchener, ON 74-68-71–213 +1

T12 Dave Bunker Woodbridge, ON 72-69-72–213 +1

T12 Adam Svensson Surrey, BC 73-69-71–213 +1

T12 Thomas Dunne Dublin, OH 70-77-66–213 +1

T12 Kieran Standen Edmonton, AB 71-69-73–213 +1

T12 Justin Shin Pitt Meadow, BC 70-70-73–213 +1

T12 Yu-Chuan Hsiang Taiwan 70-65-78–213 +1

T21 Jake Mondy Blacksburg, VA 75-70-69–214 +2

T21 Cameron Jones New Zealand 69-75-70–214 +2

T21 Jarred Callbeck Victoria, BC 69-74-71–214 +2

T21 Kevin Kwon Maple Ridge, BC 72-74-68–214 +2

T21 Kevin Spooner West Vancouver, BC 70-76-68–214 +2

T21 Jake McLeod Australia 69-71-74–214 +2

T27 Jake Knapp Costa Mesa, CA 76-68-71–215 +3

T27 Riley Fleming Airdrie, AB 73-71-71–215 +3

T27 Keelan Kilpatrick New Zealand 72-70-73–215 +3

T27 Charles-Etienne Demers Quebec City, QC 75-72-68–215 +3

T31 Mathieu Perron St. Hubert, QC 76-69-71–216 +4

T31 Truman Tai Markham, ON 71-74-71–216 +4

T33 Matt Williams Calgary, AB 74-71-72–217 +5

T33 Aaron Cockerill Gunton, MB 73-70-74–217 +5

T33 Quinn Prchal Glenview, IL 71-70-76–217 +5

T33 Santiago Gomez Colombia 81-66-70–217 +5

T37 Craig Doell Victoria, BC 73-72-73–218 +6

T37 Miller Capps Denver, NC 72-72-74–218 +6

T37 James Fahy Vancouver, BC 72-72-74–218 +6

T37 Jesse Galvon Dewinton, AB 74-72-72–218 +6

T37 Enzo Perez France 76-70-72–218 +6

T37 Wesley McClain Diboll, TX 73-73-72–218 +6

T37 Ben Geyer Arbuckle, CA 74-72-72–218 +6

T37 Blair Hamilton Burlington, ON 74-72-72–218 +6

T37 Josh Wytinck Glenboro, MB 73-74-71–218 +6

T46 Chad Merzbacher Eden Prairie, MN 74-71-74–219 +7

T46 Elliott Whitley Hamilton, ON 77-69-73–219 +7

T46 Tyler Saunders Sturgeon County, AB 73-73-73–219 +7

T46 Matias Dominguez Chile 72-71-76–219 +7

T46 Aaron Pauls Chilliwack, BC 68-78-73–219 +7

T46 Dustin Pewarchuk Victoria, BC 69-78-72–219 +7

T46 Matt Rawitzer Bellingham, WA 75-72-72–219 +7

T46 Sang Gyun Lee Calgary, AB 79-68-72–219 +7

T54 Andrew Fogg Greenwood, IN 70-72-78–220 +8

T54 Maverick Antcliff Australia 74-73-73–220 +8

T54 Josh Zhang Vancouver, BC 69-78-73–220 +8

T57 James Beale New Zealand 74-71-76–221 +9

T57 Quinn Vilneff Amherstburg, ON 74-70-77–221 +9

T57 Conner Kozak Vernon, BC 73-74-74–221 +9

T60 Raoul Menard Ange-Gardien, QC 71-74-77–222 +10

T60 Jean-Philip Cornellier Granby, QC 71-76-75–222 +10

T60 Patrick Barrett Pinehurst, NC 73-74-75–222 +10

T63 Mitch Sutton London, ON 76-71-76–223 +11

T63 Andrew Harrison Camrose, AB 75-72-76–223 +11

T63 Josh Whalen Napanee, ON 74-73-76–223 +11

T66 Keegan Tyers Newmarket, ON 70-75-79–224 +12

T66 Marc Casullo Aurora, ON 72-71-81–224 +12

T66 Russell Bowie Mississauga, ON 73-73-78–224 +12

T66 Charlie Hughes Langley, BC 73-74-77–224 +12

70 Cristobal del Solar Chile 71-72-82–225 +13

71 Lockie Munro Toronto, ON 76-71-80–227 +15