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New leader at Gallagher's

Another day, another leader at the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club.

Lorens Chan fired a third round four-under 67 for a 54 hole total of 13-under 200, and a one-shot lead over three golfers entering the final round of the third stop on the MacKenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada stop in Kelowna.

Chan, who opened the third round two shots behind co-leaders Jake Knapp and Jonathan Garrick, got off to a shaky start, send his opening drive into the rough, settling for a bogey-five.

He bounced back with a birdie on two, then eagled the par-five sixth and closed out the opening with a birdie on the closing par five.

Chan sailed along on the back-nine with eight pars and a single birdie on the eighth.

The UCLA grad and Honolulu native, owns a one-shot lead over Garrick, Knapp and Kyler Dunkle, all at 12-under 201.

Chan's pursuers are no stranger. He spent three seasons as teammates with both Garrick and Knapp at UCLA from 2012 to 2015.

The co-second round leaders both fired one-under 70s during Saturday's third round.

Dunkle, 22, has been steadily improving as the tournament has worn on. His five-under 66 Saturday came after rounds of 68 Thursday and 67 Friday.

“I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well the last two days just trying to make some more putts, and the putter didn’t let me down on the front nine,” Dunkle said.

“I made a lot of putts and it started to cool down on the back nine, I made some hiccups coming in. But the front nine got me started off to a good day and I tried to ride it out from there.”

Paul Barjon, who leads the money list after winning the previous event in Victoria two weeks ago, is third, just two-shots back.

Riley Wheeldon remains the top Canadian. Wheeldon sits at nine-under after firing his third consecutive 68.

He enters Saturday's final round four off the pace.

The leaders tee off at 12:50 Sunday.

Golf fans are reminded admission is free for Sunday's final round courtesy of MuHusky app and other sponsors, including Castanet.



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