Connors leads after third round of Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

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*Image credit: Golf Canada/Bernard Brault

August 6th, 2014 – Winnipeg, Manitoba (VIGolf.ca) – Corey Conners sits in the driver’s seat one-stroke in front of the field heading into the final round of the 110th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

The Listowel, Ont. native opened his third round by firing a 3-under 32 front-nine but closed with four bogeys over his final six holes to finish with a 2-under 68. His 8-under 204 total leaves him one-stroke clear of New Mexico’s Sam Saunders.

“I’m happy with my score, just kind of disappointed with all the bogeys,” Conners said. “I’ll try to smooth things out a little bit, I don’t know I just kind of got out of my rhythm towards the end, got a little antsy or excited.”

Now leading the way, the Team Canada member will face a familiar challenge on Thursday over the final 18 holes at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club. The 22-year-old has finished no worse than third in his last three attempts at the national amateur championship title.

“I came here with the mindset that it’s my time to win and I’m just trying to do my thing out here and see what happens,” he continued. “It would definitely be nice, still another round to be played but I’ll give it my best.”

Playing alongside Conners, Saunders carded a 1-over 71 on Wednesday. The Albuquerque, New Mexico native finished at 7-under 205 and cut Conners’ lead to a single stroke after his birdie putt found the bottom of the hole on the par-4 18th hole.

“That was really big, on the tee I knew I needed to play that hole well and not make a bogey because I had just bogeyed the previous two holes,” Saunders said.  “It was really important for me to play a good hole and I got lucky, I sort of hit in there as close as I think you can on that one and made a great putt.”

Brian Bullington of Frankfort, Ill. finished with a 1-under 69 to grab solo third at 6-under 206. Bullington currently sits one stroke ahead of Team Canada’s Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. and New Zealand’s James Beale who share fourth spot at 5-under.

For a full field list as well as starting times, live scoring and post-round results for the 110th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, click here.

The following are third round scores from the 110th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club (Par 70 – 6812 yards).
1. Corey Conners, Listowel, ON, *68-68-68-204 -8
2. Sam Saunders, Albuquerque, NM, *67-67-71-205 -7
3. Brian Bullington, Frankfort, IL, *66-71-69-206 -6
4. James Beale, New Zealand, *69-70-68-207 -5
4. Adam Svensson, Surrey, BC, *71-66-70-207 -5
6. Rico Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, *69-74-65-208 -4
6. Sean Walsh, Keller, TX, *68-70-70-208 -4
6. Chris Hemmerich, Kitchener, ON, *69-70-69-208 -4
6. Bret Thompson, Winnipeg, MB, *68-68-72-208 -4
6. Garrett Rank, Elmira, ON, *67-70-71-208 -4
6. Jonathan Garrick, Atherton, CA, *66-68-74-208 -4
12. Brett Hogan, Calgary, AB, *75-67-67-209 -3
13. Taylor Pendrith, Richmond Hill, ON, *69-73-68-210 -2
13. Tyler Saunders, Sturgeon County, AB, *70-71-69-210 -2
13. Matt Williams, Calgary, AB, *72-69-69-210 -2
13. Derek East, Winnipeg, MB, *72-68-70-210 -2
13. Blair Hamilton, Burlington, ON, *68-68-74-210 -2
18. Adam Schenk, Vincennes, IN, *74-68-69-211 -1
18. Lee McCoy, New Port Richey, FL, *68-70-73-211 -1
20. Todd Fanning, Winnipeg, MB, *71-72-69-212 E
20. Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, *74-68-70-212 E
20. Daniel Chian, Covina, CA, *68-73-71-212 E
20. Stuart MacDonald, Vancouver, BC, *69-71-72-212 E
24. Eric Banks, Truro, NS, *73-70-70-213 +1
24. Antonio Murdaca, Australia, *73-69-71-213 +1
26. Raoul Menard, Ange-Gardien, QC, *73-70-71-214 +2
26. Ian (Jae Hoon) Kim, Surrey, BC, *69-73-72-214 +2
26. Maverick Antcliff, Australia, *72-72-70-214 +2
26. Jooho Lee, Coquitlam, BC, *73-71-70-214 +2
26. Tony Gil, Vaughan, ON, *70-72-72-214 +2
26. Elliott Whitley, Hamilton, ON, *74-71-69-214 +2
26. Jordan Lu, Vancouver, BC, *70-75-69-214 +2
26. Matthew Negri, El Cajon, CA, *71-75-68-214 +2
34. Hugo Bernard, Mont-saint-hilaire, QC, *68-75-72-215 +3
34. Jim Liu, Smithtown, NY, *74-68-73-215 +3
34. Billy Kennerly, Alpharetta, GA, *75-69-71-215 +3
34. Esteban Restrepo H., Colombia, *73-68-74-215 +3
34. Greg MacAulay, Stratford, PE, *74-71-70-215 +3
34. Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, BC, *73-72-70-215 +3
34. Ricardo Celia, Colombia, *67-74-74-215 +3
34. Jared duToit, Kimberley, BC, *70-75-70-215 +3
34. Scott Secord, Calgary, AB, *73-73-69-215 +3
43. Michael Belle, Burnaby, BC, *72-71-73-216 +4
43. Osama Khan, Mississauga, ON, *69-73-74-216 +4
43. Jake Knapp, Costa Mesa, CA, *76-68-72-216 +4
43. James Fahy, Vancouver, BC, *72-70-74-216 +4
43. Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, ON, *73-72-71-216 +4
43. Robert Geibel, Pembroke Pines, FL, *70-71-75-216 +4
43. Yu-Chuan Hsiang, Taiwan, *71-69-76-216 +4
43. Chad Merzbacher, Eden Prairie, MN, *72-73-71-216 +4
51. Ally Tidcombe, Wolfville, NS, *73-71-74-218 +6
51. Nick Palladino, Highland Heights, OH, *73-72-73-218 +6
51. Scott Mazur, Winnipeg, MB, *73-73-72-218 +6
51. Woody Woodward, Bridgeport, WV, *75-71-72-218 +6
51. Dustin Yeager, Calgary, AB, *69-77-72-218 +6
56. Josh Wytinck, Glenboro, MB, *67-75-77-219 +7
56. Kevin Kwon, Maple Ridge, BC, *68-76-75-219 +7
56. Sean Yu, Beaumont, CA, *75-70-74-219 +7
59. Kurt Kitayama, Chico, CA, *73-70-77-220 +8
59. David Stewart, Prince Albert, SK, *72-70-78-220 +8
59. Conner Kozak, Vernon, BC, *74-70-76-220 +8
59. Jean-Luc Theoret, Hawkesbury, ON, *72-73-75-220 +8
59. Cory Selander, Prince Albert, SK, *75-70-75-220 +8
64. Robert Ellis, St. Catharines, ON, *67-76-79-222 +10
64. Patrick Grimes, Palo Alto, CA, *75-70-77-222 +10
64. Jonathan Kim-Moss, Mississauga, ON, *74-72-76-222 +10
64. Preston Valder, Yorba Linda, CA, *71-75-76-222 +10
64. Eric Johnson, Winnipeg, MB, *72-74-76-222 +10
69. Sean Romero, Texarkana, AR, *71-74-78-223 +11
69. Connor McLellan, Chilliwack, BC, *73-73-77-223 +11
71. Eric Seider, Victoria, BC, *72-74-78-224 +12
72. Josh Landine, Fredericton, NB, *74-72-79-225 +13

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