Gold Coaster Becky Kay holds a commanding three-shot lead going into the final round of the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic in Perth, with the defending champion on track to record her third victory in a month.
Kay, white hot after winning the Riversdale Cup in Melbourne before adding the Rene Erichsen Salver in Adelaide last week, extended her overnight four-shot edge with a couple of early birdies, but had to scramble late in her round of 75 that left her five over in total.
Fellow Queenslander DeeDee Russell was the big mover of the third round, with an even-par 72 elevating her into the chasing pack of WA's Kirsten Rudgeley and Victorian Stephanie Bunque at eight over.
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard also gave herself a chance after a one-over-par 73 moved the West Australian to 10 over and five shots back, alongside New South Welshwoman Doey Choi.
With the National Rankings title – a huge factor in the Karrie Webb Series scholarships – on the line in the season-ending women's event, the stage is set for a dramatic final round at the superb Cottesloe Golf Club.
The back nine proved difficult once more for all players, with even Kay enduring three bogeys on the run home.
Russell maintained the pressure on her counterpart with three birdies and three bogeys, while local hope Rudgeley parred all but two holes to hold her share of second.
The Karrie Webb Scholarship includes valuable US Women's Open experience with the Aussie legend and money towards international travel and tournaments.
Janice Gaudet has taken the lead from Lisa Taylor in the 54-hole mid-amateur, with her one-shot lead setting up an enthralling final round tomorrow.
Janine Northrop remains in control in the 54-hole senior competition, taking a three-shot lead into the final round.