It was a moment that summed up Oscar Cadenhead’s week at the Poverty Bay Golf Club.


The Canterbury golfer walked up the 18thof the links layout in Gisborne and with his final shot of the day hit his pitching wedge to within 18 inches of the hole to set up a tap in birdie.


“I don’t know the distance but I just hit it with feel and was happy with the result,” said Cadenhead following his round.


It has been that sort of week for the 18-year-old from the Clearwater Golf Club. It has been all feel and he is making Poverty Bay look a lot easier than it is playing in the North Island Stroke Play Championship. 


He signed for a five under par 67 today to jump to an incredible 15 under par three round total and earn a seven shot lead over Auckland rep Nick Voke (70) on eight under par.


Landyn Edwards (Rotorua), Josh Munn (Manawatu) and Peter Lee (Rotorua) are all a further shot back on seven under par in a share of third place.


There is only one man that the locals are talking about heading into tomorrow’s final round.


Cadenhead, who is in line for his first national win in wire-to-wire fashion, is struggling to get his head around his dominance this week over a quality field.


“I don’t really know what is going on to be honest. I am hitting my wedges really well and that is giving me a lot of opportunities for birdie and I am putting well. I just went out there to play really and to finish on that number after three rounds is really good.”


He knows he is on the cusp of something special but he is trying to not get ahead of himself.


“I have never been in this position before – nothing even close to it really - but I am looking forward to the final round. I have played well so far and put myself in a good position.


“It would be nice to win for sure. It is just a good experience for me to play alongside some of these really good players and to play well is great.”


Tomorrow he’ll look to win his first national title at the North Island Stroke Play Championship in style. 





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