Port St. Lucie, Fla – South Carolina’s Matt NeSmith shot a 2-under 70 on Friday at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course to take a two shot lead into the final round of Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Q-School.
With weather delays from earlier in the week pushing back play, round four began Friday afternoon and was suspended due to darkness at 7:33 p.m. Play will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.
NeSmith, who has held or co-held the lead after each of the first three rounds, was bogey-free for his third round.
“I just kind of played solid. I didn’t play quite as well today as I did the first two days, but I made some big putts, a lot of 5-footers for par,” said NeSmith. “Even though the scores are really good, I didn’t play bad by any stretch of the imagination. I didn’t quite get out in front like I wanted to, and there’s still a long way to go, but I’m happy.”
Two shots behind NeSmith was Kitchener, Ont.’s Chris Hemmerich and Florida’s Alex Medinis. Hemmerich, who finished 80th on last year’s Order of Merit, carded his third straight round under par and credited a strong performance tee-to-green for his round.
“It was pretty much the same story as the first two rounds. I hit a lot of greens, and I might have only missed one or two again today. Once I get that putter rolling, I know there’s a low one in me,” said Hemmerich.