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Golf Canada – DUNCAN B.C. – American Zach Bauchou fought the heat with a 4-under-par 67 in Wednesday’s third round of the 114th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship to hold a two-stroke lead at Duncan Meadows. 

The 22-year-old Forest, Va., product sits at 13 under par for the tournament and has held the lead through the first three rounds. Bauchou, a junior at Oklahoma State, felt he left a lot of strokes on the course today.

“I didn’t really feel like I played that great today. I just didn’t hit it close to the hole so I didn’t have many great birdie looks,” said Bauchou, who was on his way to the practice range. “I was fortunate to only make one bogey which minimizes the damage a lot—I just need to play better tomorrow.”

Bauchou’s motivation comes from many sources, one of which included Oklahoma State teammate Sam Stevens, who now sits in a tie for third at 8 under. The pair shared a short exchange at the 17th tee to compare scores.

“I was asking Sam what he was at and he was 6 under,” smiled Bauchou. “So I was really gearing up to birdie the last two holes but I didn’t do that so that was disappointing. You know, I think I’m in a really good frame of mind to have a good day tomorrow.”

Trailing Bauchou is fellow American Philip Knowles, who shot a 64 to tie the course record (set this week by Australian Justin Warren). The Jacksonville, Fla., native sits at 11 under in solo second, narrowing Bauchou’s 36-hole lead by one stroke.

A trio of golfers sit tied for third place at 8 under par: Canadian Kaleb Gorbahn (Smithers, B.C.), Sam Stevens (Wichita, Kans.) and Cameron Young (Scarborough, N.Y.).

In 2017, Bauchou rallied from behind in the final round to win the title. On Thursday, he looks to close it out playing with lead. He tees off at 9:31 a.m. PT alongside Knowles and Gorbahn, the current low Canadian.

Team Canada graduate and NHL referee Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., sits in 6th place at 7 under for the tournament.  

In addition to claiming the title of 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur champion, the winner will earn exemptions into the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., and the 2019 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. from June 3-9.

The champion will also be eligible to receive an exemption into the U.S. Junior Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur or the U.S. Senior Amateur, if applicable.

Click here for full results and final round pairings.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Click here to download images from Wednesday’s third round (credit: Golf Canada).

2018 CANADIAN MEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS

1. Zach Bauchou, Forest, VA, *65-68-67-200 -13
2. Philip Knowles, Jacksonville, FL, *68-70-64-202 -11
3. Kaleb Gorbahn, Smithers, BC, *67-73-65-205 -8
3. Sam Stevens, Wichita, KS, *71-69-65-205 -8
3. Cameron Young, Scarborough, NY, *69-70-66-205 -8
6. Garrett Rank, Elmira, ON, *74-65-67-206 -7
7. Cole Bradley, West Lafayette, IN, *71-70-66-207 -6
7. Justin Warren, Little Rock, AR, *78-64-65-207 -6
9. Eric Ansett, Spokane, WA, *73-69-66-208 -5
9. Ryan Gerard, Raleigh, NC, *71-68-69-208 -5
9. Shawn Lu, Corvallis, OR, *73-67-68-208 -5
9. Julien Sale, Gatineau, QC, *67-69-72-208 -5
WILLINGDON CUP RESULTS (completed on Aug. 7)
 

1. QC – Hugo Bernard, Joey Savoie, Julien Sale, *134-140-274 -10
2. AB – AJ (Allan) Armstrong, Jesse Galvon, Patrick Murphy, *140-141-281 -3
3. B.C. –  Chris Crisologo, Kaleb Gorbahn, Kevin Carrigan, *140-151-291 +7
4. ON – Garrett Rank, Thomas DeMarco, Thomas Giroux, *144-148-292 +8
5. SK – Kade Johnson, Michael Herperger, David Stewart, *149-147-296 +12
6. NB – Nick Earle, Stuart Earle, Sam Reid, *146-152-298 +14
7. NFLD – Blair Bursey, Andrew Bruce, Nikashantess Penashue, *149-152-301 +17
8. NB – Jack Werhun, David Hill, Jordy Lutz, *149-153-302 +18
9. NS – Shaun Margeson, Bobby Dunphy, Mark Pothier, *154-150-304 +20
10. YT –  Dan King, Matthew Gibson, Philip Mullin, *163-158-321 +37
11. NWT – Andrew Couvrette, Gord Delorme, Brandonn Walterhouse, *168-175-343 +59
Click here for full results.
 
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