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The best weather for the tournament so far awaited the players today in round 3 of the Victorian Boys and Girls Championships. It was a day to seize opportunities when presented, and to limit mistakes on the more challenging holes before the conditions become tougher tomorrow.
Sophie Yip (Concord, NSW) was the first to capitalise on the bright and still day, maintaining an even pace through all stages of moving day. She carded18 pars in a row to move up the leaderboard and sit tied in first position with overnight leader June Song (Avondale, NSW). The tide started shifting early for Song, two bogeys on each nine and one birdie opened the doors for Yip and the rest of the field to make their move. The girl’s 36-hole total of 218 is 4 strokes better than Huntingdale’s Jeneath Wong (Huntingdale), a 2-over par 74 today gives her a birth in the girls leading group tomorrow afternoon.
In the boy’s championships, overnight leader Daniel Gill (Commonwealth) continued his superb form, shooting a 68 this afternoon to take his total to 8-under par, upholding the one stroke lead he generated yesterday. Kazuma Kobori (Pegasus, NZ) also carded a 4-under par today to sit in second place, well within reach of Gill in the last boys group for the final round. Rounding out that group is Western Australian Hayden Hopewell (Royal Fremantle) a further 2 strokes behind the New Zealander with a total of 211.
With 7 players at either par or better for the championships, the deficit between these players and the leaders can easily be made up tomorrow, setting up for an exciting finish on the Open course tomorrow.
The round of the day was taken out by Lachlan Chamberlain (Federal, ACT), a round of 5-under par 67 that included 2 bogeys saw him move up 4 places on the leaderboard and break into the top 10 of the championships.
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