Parr leads Amateur by five

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Andrew Parr came to the Ontario Amateur in Oshawa with a chip on his shoulder after failing to defend the championship at Redtail Golf Course.

"Last year put a little fire in my belly," the 23-year-old from London Hunt and Country Club said.

Parr shot a four-under-par 67 yesterday after a 64 Wednesday and takes a five-stroke lead into today's final round of the 72-hole Ontario Amateur at the Oshawa Golf and Country Club.

Parr has a three-round score of 10-under 203, five shots better than Kevin Blue of Toronto and six better than defending champion Graham Hill of Sarnia. Blue shot 68 yesterday; Hill had a 69.

Parr led last year at Redtail heading into the third round but fired an 80 to fall out of contention. He served notice yesterday, with a round that included eight birdies and a double bogey, that he wanted to regain the championship and wasn't content sitting on a lead.

"I learned something from last year that really helped me out today and is going to help me out tomorrow," the Texas A&M all-American said. "I was definitely really determined and fired up today being in a similar situation. My mindset was, it's a separation round (from the field) and I wanted to increase that lead.

"Last year, I didn't have that mentality."

Parr said that although he is 10-under, he's not putting any limits on his final round. "I'm going to try and crank it up a notch," he said.

Hill said he made two bogeys on the final three holes or would have been right there with Parr. "Right now I'm kind of frustrated," Hill said. "I didn't finish well. I'm still in there, but there's lot of work to do. I'm just going to have to play well like I did last year in the final round."

Hill said he had a four-stroke lead heading into the final round last year when he set a tournament scoring record of 10-under.

"Andrew's playing well, so I don't think I will get a lot of help from him. I'm just going to need to have a great round."

Bill Hutcheson, a former London resident, shot 73 and is in 16th place with a seven-over 220 score.

Zach Faulds of West Lorne shot 71 and is tied for 25th with Chad Walker of St. Thomas, who shot 72. Both have 54-hole scores of 223.

Sunningdale's Lee French shot 77 for 227 and Britt Pronk, also of Sunningdale, shot 83 for 235.


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