Date: November 19, 2011
Author: Jon Shineberg

Saturday sizzles at NSW Open

Moving day has seen a number of contenders challenge overnight leader Paul Donahoo who will take a 2 shot lead into what is shaping into an exciting final round. With scores of 68, 66 and 3 under par, 67 today. Donahoo sits comfortably at the top of the leaderboard at 9 under par, 2 shots ahead of Anthony Summers and James Nitties who share 2nd position on 7 under par. Donahoo appears unfazed by his current position nor nervous about being at the top of the leaderboard, “I’m really happy with my play this week, my coach and I have worked hard on my pre shot routine, so I think less about the outcome and more about the process. Its helped with handling the pressure and if I can start well tomorrow I will be in a good position to win”

Summers had 4 birdies and 14 pars to round out his 3rd round with a great score of 66- he has played his last 44 holes bogey free. Crowd favourite James Nitties stormed home with an eagle and birdie from his last 3 holes.

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Queenslander Adam Crawford scored joint low round of the day 65, to boost his hopes of winning the title, his fine play moved him up the leaderboard to within 4 shots from the lead at 5 under par. Joining Crawford in a tie for 4th is current leading amateur Jake Higginbottom who finished with a spectacular birdie on the 18th.

Sunday’s final round play commences at 9:15am with the final group of Donahoo, Summers and Nitties due to tee off at 11:00am.

The Newcastle Golf Club is providing spectators and fans the opportunity to watch the Presidents Cup live on one of our large electronic screens. The course is a child friendly environment offering a great atmosphere for a family day out. There are a host of food and beverage services available and entry to the course is free.

With the weather forecast for clear skies this should bring out the best in all the golfers. Just a reminder that free parking and a shuttle service operates from Stockton ferry terminal and Ballast ground parking area, which are all prominently sign posted.