After fog, lightning and heavy rain that stalled play the first two days, the LECOM Health Challenge still has not gotten back on schedule heading into Sunday's play at Peek'n Peak.
Only 36 of the 70 golfers left in the field were able to complete their third round on Saturday on the 7,058-yard par-72 layout on the resort's upper course at Findley Lake in southwestern Chautauqua County. Play was called because of darkness around 9 p.m.
Ryan Brehm, a strapping 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Midland, Mich. was 8 under-par through 17 holes before the tournament lost the battle to beat the sunset.
Brehm had four birdies on his front nine for 4-under 32, then went birdie, eagle, birdie on Nos. 11-13 on the back nine leaving him 16-under for the tournament.
Also at 16-under were Australian Jamie Arnold and second-round co-leader Tim Wilkinson, a 40-year-old veteran from New Zealand.
The overnight leader at 15-under was Zach Wright, who was able to complete his round of 65 on Saturday. Byron Meth also was at 15-under with one hole to complete. Five others were at 14-under when play was called.
When the second round was finally completed Saturday morning veteran pro Wilkinson and Will Cannon, a 2016 Alabama-Birmingham graduate, were tied at 12-under par atop a tightly-packed leader board.
Up to now, Cannon, 25, has struggled on the Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA's developmental tour. He's earned only $11,858 so far with no top 10 finishes.
Wilkinson has finished in the top 10 four times and has earned $98,046 so far but no titles.
The halfway leaders were quickly challenged on Saturday by a gang of five who were not in the top two groups after the second round. Wright, Blayne Barger, Andres Gonzales, Meth and Arnold all made early charges to move into the lead at 13-under. But it was Brehm who made the biggest move of all. He started with a 70 in his first round, six strokes off the lead.
With the field cut to 70 for the final two rounds, three winners on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 did not make the 36-hole cut including last week's champion in Utah, Kristoffer Ventura. Also, former U.S. Open and Masters champion Angel Cabrera missed the cut as did two other age 48-49 category veterans, Mark Hensby and Dicky Pride.
Casey Wittenberg, the 2003 Porter Cup champion as a collegiate player at Oklahoma State, also did not advance.
Also missing the cut was Rick Lamb, one of the two former LECOM champions in the field. However, last year's winner Nelson Ledesma of Argentina was very much in contention at 10-under entering the third round.
Of the LECOM challengers heading into Sunday's final round, none has more at stake than former University of Alabama All-American Robby Shelton, who sat at 10-under. Shelton, the third-leading money earner, has won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour this season. A third title would earn him the automatic "battlefield commission" and make him eligible for the PGA Tour immediately, starting with next week's John Deere Classic.