A rookie professional leads the DVS Pegasus Open going into the final day for the first time in his young career.

Auckland based professional Mason Lee fired a five-under 67 in trying conditions to lead by a single stroke going into day four of the championship.

Playing in the penultimate group, Lee came out of the blocks early making four birdies in a row on holes five through eight after bogeying his opening hole. He made the turn in three-under par to tie the lead going into the back nine.

Lee made another four birdies on the back nine mixed in with a bogey to shoot five-under on moving day.

“I putted really well today. I holed a really nice putt on 15 to keep the momentum going so that was a bonus,” said a happy Lee.

He isn’t phased about leading a Jennian Homes Charles Tour event for the first time going into the final day. He’s happy to go about his business as usual.

“I’ll play my own game tomorrow. There are plenty of guys that can win tomorrow so I’ve just got to do my own thing. I’m pretty happy to have the same mindset as the first three days,” Lee said.

He leads overnight leader Lachie McDonald by a shot. The Manawatu professional carded a third round of even-par to remain at 10-under for the tournament.

“I’ll happily take that score in those conditions out there today. It was really tough out there,” McDonald commented.

“I didn’t play as well as the first couple of days, but I managed to keep the same calm state of mind. I was tested though, I didn’t hole quite as many putts which was frustrating, but I’ll take that round in those conditions out there that’s for sure.”

“I’ll be going about my business as I have the first three days tomorrow. I’m pretty happy to have a shot going into tomorrow, I’ll just go and play my best golf and we’ll see what happens,” said McDonald.

Equalling the round of the day to jump up the leader board and into contention was Tauranga based professional Luke Toomey. He posted a five-under round to be two-shots back going into the final round.

“I’m really with that score in pretty trying conditions today. I thought if I could shoot anywhere in the 60s it would give me a chance to make up some ground on the leading pack.

“The goal is to win the golf tournament. I’ll adjust my plan based on the conditions tomorrow and we’ll see what happens,” said Toomey.

Play gets underway from 8.30 tomorrow morning.


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