Leighton Bearchell has a lot to play for heading into his final round at the provincial men's golf championship.
Leighton Bearchell. File photo
The local golfer shot a four-over 75 and slipped to eighth place Wednesday at the 103rd Saskatchewan Amateur Men's Championship in Prince Albert.
Bearchell is now seven shots off the lead heading into the final round, but there is still plenty on the line. The top three finishers at the Men's Amateur will be on the provincial Wellingdon Cup team that will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship. In addition, Golf Saskatchewan also has six additional quota positions that will be awarded to the next highest finishers.
Beachell's 75 was his highest round of the tournament thus far. He opened with a 69 and carded a second round 73.
Bearchell double-bogeyed the fourth and ninth hole at the Cooke Municipal Golf Course and was five-over at the turn, but then dropped four birdies on the back nine. A double-bogey on 18 put a damper on a strong finish to his round.
Martin Ring from Prince Albert had the only below-par round of the day and he made up four strokes to move into a tie with Justin Wood from Unity for first place.
Ring and Wood are both three-under for the tournament and enjoy a four-shot lead over Saskatoon's David Stewart.
While Bearchell sits in eighth, he is only four shots behind Stewart for the final spot on the Wellingdon Cup team.
Bearchell was the only local golfer to make the cut.
Trevor Benson finished in a tie for 58th after he shot a 78 for the second day in a row. Benson opened with a 79 and put three consistent rounds together and moved up the leaderboard each day.
Mike Flegel finished tied for 71st after shooting a 79 in his final round.
Nick Lepine drained a couple of birdies, but finished with an 86 to close out his tournament and finished in a tie for 84th.