David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., and Vaita Guillaume of French Polynesia shared the lead Saturday at 9-under par after 54 holes of the Niagara Championship at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont. The Niagara is the 11th event of the 2016 Mackenzie Tour, Canada’s PGA Tour.
Tyler Cone of Concord, N.C. is among a group of five one stroke back at 205 after he shot Saturday’s best round, a 7-under-par 64. Others at 205 are Wil Bateman of Edmonton, Erick Justesen of Murphys, Calif., Mike Miller of Brewster and Dan McCarthy of Syracuse. McCarthy is the Order of Merit leader on the Canadian Tour.
Twelve players will begin Sunday’s final round within three shots of the lead. Round Four will be played in twosomes off the first tee from 8:11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Pastore, who led after 36 holes, shot even-par 71 on Saturday.
“Today was a bit of a struggle, and I kind of had to grind through the round, but to be tied for the lead, that’s really all I could ask for,” said Pastore, who played at the University of Virginia. He had a chance to take the lead with an eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole but ran it by and had to settle for par.
Guillaume, who played at Campbell University in North Carolina, shot 66 to jump from a tie for 13th after Friday’s round.
Paul McConnell of Plano, Texas, who shot a competitive course-record 63 in the opening round, shot 72 on Saturday and is tied for eighth place at 206.
NCAA Champion Aaron Wise birdied four of his first six holes Saturday to take the lead at 11-under. But the 19-year old stumbled with two bogeys and a double coming in and finished with a 71 and a 206 total.