Southland golfer Vaughan McCall and Waikato rep Luke Toomey made the most of moving day at the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship in fine and hot conditions at the Hastings Golf Club today.

The New Zealand rep McCall, who began in a share of fourth place, fired a seven under par 65 in the third round to claim the outright lead in the clubhouse at a 10 under par total.

Toomey, who shared the round one lead, responded to the challenge and made a great birdie at the last for a four under par 68 to also post that number.

McCall has shot rounds of 73, 68 and 65 at Bridge Pa this week and is feeling much more comfortable after a change in game plan.

“I hit the ball really well and I was always in play and it was one of those days where everything was on form,” said the 20-year-old from the Gore Golf Club.

“Wedges were good, chipping was good, recovery was good and yeah obviously putting was good as well, it was pleasing to put it all together.

McCall, who is one of the shorter hitters of the local amateur scene, recorded his best round at Hastings and is focused on playing his own game.

“It is pretty demoralizing at times, on number nine today I was 80m behind Daniel it can get you down but you play to your strengths which I did and a number came my way as well.

McCall won the South Island Stroke Play in 2010 and is excited about the prospect of adding the New Zealand Stroke Play to his resume.

“It‘s really exciting. I have given myelf a chance. I just need to keep my head in the right space and play my game.”
The New Zealand rep knows that performances in 2012 are important with selections in the Eisenhower World Teams Championship in the back of his mind.

“It’s a goal but those sorts of selections are a reward for playing well. Goals are good but the process comes first.”

Meanwhile, Toomey is just enjoying the occasion of being in contention at the New Zealand Stroke Play.

“I was a little more nerves today,” said the 18-year-old from the Ngaruawahia Golf Club.

“It is a little bit different when the draw gets seeded but I am absolutely stoked to get through with four under and put myself in a good position going into tomorrow. “

Toomey said playing with fellow Waikato reps Mathew Perry and Nick Coxon made him feel more comfortable.

Like McCall, he just wants to play his own game in the final round.

“I can’t do much about what the other guys do. I am just worried about myself and playing well . I will go about my business tomorrow and hopefully it’s good enough.”

Overnight joint leader Perry went the other way in round three with a one over par 73 dropping him back to a share of third place with Coxon, three shots back from the leaders.

“It was a little bit frustrating,” said the 24-year-old from the Hamilton Golf Club.

“It was a tough long day but I look forward to tomorrow where I’ll go out and chase the leaders down.

“The course is there to be had – there have been a couple of great scores out there today – put one of those next to my name tomorrow and we’ll be right.”

Fraser Wilkin (Royal Auckland) had a three under par 69 in the third round to climb into outright fifth place while former Hastings local Daniel Pearce is in sixth after an even par 72.

Bay of Plenty rep Landyn Edwards shot the round of the tournament so far with an eight under par 64 setting a new course record at Bridge Pa.

The Hastings Golf Club’s is celebrating 100 years of golf at the famed layout at the Hastings Opera House tonight and two New Zealand golfers will be inducted to the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame.




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