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George Cunningham almost walked away from golf during his sophomore year at the University of Arizona.

Cunningham, who just completed his senior year, is the father of a three-year old girl. He and her mother split during his second year at school and, coupled with a tailbone injury, his game suffered.

Eventually, things turned around in his personal life and his game rebounded during this, his senior year.

He won his first college tournament in the fall and  now, is just 18-holes from his first professional win.

Cunningham fired an impressive nine under 62 Saturday to assume the 54-hole lead at the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club.

After missing the cut in the first two events of the Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada, Cunningham exploded out of the gates during Saturday's third round.

He opened the round with back-to-back birdies before acing the 175-yard par three to go four under for the day after just three holes. He backed that up with a birdie at five.

Another birdie spree in the back nine, four birdies in five holes, vaulted him into the lead.

Cunningham has a three-shot lead over a half dozen golfers including second round leader Jared du Toit of Kimberley.

du Toit, also looking for his first professional win, and the first by a Canadian on the Mackenzie Tour in more than two years, hung on to his lead over the front nine, getting to 13 under at the turn.

But, a two hole stretch sent him tumbling down the leaderboard, and threatened to erase any hope of a high finish.

He bogeyed the tenth, then took a seven on a par 4 11th to fall to nine under. Birdies on 15, 16 and 18 salvaged his round.

He shot a one under 70 to stay within striking distance at 12 under.

Russell Surber (64), Andrew Dorn ( 65), P.J. P.J. Samiere (67), Corey Pereira (68) and Zach Wright (68) also sit three back at 12 under.

First round co-leader Mark Anguiano is alone in eighth at 11 under.

Toronto native Taylor Pendrith shot a two under 69, to share ninth with two others.

The final round of the $200,000 GolfBC Championship tees off Sunday morning.

The winner will walk away with a cheque for $36,000.

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