THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD (Bold denotes Canadian)
Will Strickler - Dallas, TX - 69-66-68 (-7)
Michael Gligic - Burlington, ON - 70-66-67 (-7)
Alan McLean - London, ON - 70-69-65 (-6)
James Allenby - Langley, BC - 65-69-70 (-6)
Wes Heffernan - Calgary, AB - 70-66-69 (-5)
Garrett Frank - Youngstown, OH - 65-69-71 (-5)
Hugo Leon - Chile - 69-67-70 (-4)
Joe Panzeri - Meridian, ID - 65-73-69 (-3)
Five players tied at -2
(August 18, 2012 - Windsor, ON) - Burlington, ON native Michael Gligic and Dallas, TX resident Will Strickler will head into the final round of the Jamieson WFCU Windsor Roseland Charity Classic with a share of the lead at 7-under par. The two long bombers have managed to navigate around the 6,900 yard par-70 Donald Ross layout with minimal difficulty.
The story of the tournament continued to be the demanding Roseland Golf Course which was recently renovated from a par-72 6,500 yard layout to a 6,900 yard par-70. The city owned golf course also added 20 bunkers moving the total from 63 to 83. With fast greens and 5 inch rough, players that miss the narrow fairways either in the bunker or in the long grass are paying the price.
Gligic, who had the outright lead at 9-under par for much of the third round, stumbled coming home on the difficult closing stretch at the city owned Roseland Golf Course. Gligic was 5-under on his round before posting 3-under 67.
"It wasn't the finish I was looking for, but I grinded out some nice pars and holed a few nice putts," said Gligic. "I'm happy with the way I'm playing."
If the 23-year-old Gligic is able to pull off a win tomorrow he would become the first two time winner on the Canadian Tour this season. With a victory Gligic would also move into first position on the Order of Merit heading into the Canadian Tour Championship.
"I feel like I've improved a lot over the past year," said Gligic, who has become one of the top young Canadians in the game in 2012. "I've been working hard with my putting coach Gareth Raflewski, and I'm getting more out of that area of my game."
Strickler, meanwhile, posted a solid round of 2-under par 68 which include five birdies and two bogeys. The 2011 PGA TOUR member is looking for his first win after losing in a playoff just three weeks ago at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open.
"I made some really solid up-and-downs out there," said Strickler, who jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a three-under par front nine.
"I gained a lot of confidence from that close call in Saskatoon and I'm really looking forward to having a chance to win again tomorrow," sadded Strickler.
The round of the day belonged to London, ON resident Alan McLean. McLean matched the round of the tournament with a 5-under par 65. The long time Canadian Tour member has two runner up showings to his credit and is in search of his first Canadian Tour win.
"I made some really important putts today which kept my momentum going," said McLean, who is originally from South Africa. "I've been working on my putting with my friend Walter (Keating) and it's helped me tremendously," added McLean who knows Keating from his days on the Canadian Tour.
Langley BC's James Allenby is tied with McLean in third spot after a even par round of 70. Allenby, also in search of his first win, has played solidly this season and sits in 18th spot on the Order of Merit.
Wes Heffernan, a four time Canadian Tour winner is just two shots off the pace along with Garrett Frank.
A number of past winners on the Canadian Tour are within striking distance of the lead and they include Hugo Leon at -4 , Joe Panzeri at -3 and Roger Sloan who is also at -3.
The final pairing of Gligic and Strickler will tee off at 1 p.m. EST.