'Great' chance for local pro

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Strathmore's Dustin Risdon has emerged as Canada's best bet at the only Nationwide Tour stop north of the border.

Risdon made three eagles yesterday, firing a 5-under 66 and climbing into a tie for sixth spot at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic at Georgian Bay in Clarksburg, Ont.

The 28-year-old is sitting at 11-under, seven strokes behind American leader Roger Tambellini.

The top Canadian on the leaderboard, Risdon should have plenty of support today as he guns for his first victory on the Nationwide Tour, the PGA's top minor-league loop.

It'd certainly be a great spot to claim his first trophy.

Not only is the Wayne Gretzky Classic the only tour stop in his home country, it also boasts one of the biggest purses on the schedule.

Whoever is sitting atop the leaderboard after today's final round will pocket a $144,018 paycheque.

Risdon, a Nationwide Tour rookie who won twice on the Canadian Tour, currently sits 29th on the money list with $69,831.

He was one of a half-dozen Canadians to make the cut this week.

Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ont., is two strokes behind Risdon -- and nine off the pace -- after firing a 66 yesterday.

Calgary-born Chris Baryla tumbled down the leaderboard after carding an eight on a par-3 yesterday and is tied for 54th at 1-under.

Halpen in CanTour contention

Calgary's Todd Halpen is tied for third at the Canadian Tour's Saskatchewan Open in Saskatoon.

Halpen is at 6-under through three rounds at Dakota Dunes, four strokes behind South Africa's George Coetzee.

Halpen is shooting for his first career Canadian Tour victory.


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