Field turns tables

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

With one round to go, the hunted is now the hunter.

After spending most of the tournament atop the leaderboard, Ontario's Judy Dotten lost her place yesterday and has just 18 holes to get it back.

"I've got my work cut out for me," said Dotten, after a third-round 78 dropped her from first to fifth at the Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship.

GOOD START

"I thought today was going to be good - I started off birdie, birdie and they were both tap ins. I thought it was going to be a solid day. Then I missed a couple of short putts, hit a couple of bad shots ..."

The 33-year-old had four birds on the front, but a pair of doubles wiped out all of her hard work. She's now sitting at six-over par, four shots back of leader Nicole Forshner of Banff, who's been a model of consistency at the Petroleum Club (73-75-73--221).

Last year's champion 19-year-old Bari Erais of Lethbridge is positioned to make it two in a row, sitting in a three-way tie for second place at five-over par after a third round 75.

Edmonton's Jade Polonich (73-75-76--224), and Jacklynn Miller (74-77-73--224) of North Bay, Ont., are also in the mix at five-over.

Polonich, 24, was tied for second at the halfway mark, but lost ground yesterday. Her 76 dropped her to three shots back of the lead instead of one.

SHOT LOW ROUND

Dotten's opening round 71 is the low round of the tournament, and she'll likely need something in that neighborhood today to wrestle the title away from Forshner.

"I'll have to have the game that I had on Tuesday," she said. "The course isn't very long, so a lot of holes you have short clubs coming in, you just need to get it tight to the pin and you're good. There's a lot of birdies to be had out there."

WESTERN CHAMPION: Shane O'Neill of St. Albert outduelled Daniel Kim of Toronto in a four-hole playoff yesterday to win the CN Future Links Western Canadian Championship in Grande Prairie.

O'Neill and Kim were back and forth over the final 18 holes, until Kim birdied four in a row to hold a three-shot lead on the 16th tee box. The pressure got to him, though, and he bogeyed 16 and doubled 18, while O'Neill parred his way in.

"I thought Daniel definitely had it entering the final hole," said O'Neill, who shot 70-68-70 to finish five-under par. "I'm excited to have won and really excited to be heading to the Canadian Junior Boys Championship."


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