Canadian David Schultz of Calgary, Alberta and American Jay Blumenfeld of Parsippany, N.J., share the lead heading into the final round of the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at the Briars Golf Club in Sutton West, Ontario.
On a day when everyone took a step forward, Chip Lutz, the second-round leader, took a step backward. He opened the door for the new leaders after posting a 4-over 75 on Thursday that included a double- and triple-bogey.
Schultz, playing alongside Lutz, took his share of the lead by rolling in three-straight birdies on Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to get to 7 under. He then carded three straight bogeys on his closing nine to finish at 1-over 72 for the day and a 4-under 209 three-round total.
“I made three in a row and then I made three in a row the wrong way on the back-nine,” Schultz said. “A few sloppy shots, nothing awful just not a very good back-nine.”
Playing in the group behind the leaders, Blumenfeld, who was the New Jersey State Golf Association player of the year in 2007, fired a 2-under 69 to move his name to the top of the leaderboard alongside Schultz.
Blumenfeld, who finished in 54th place at the British Senior Amateur earlier this year, said, “I didn’t do anything great today. I took advantage of a couple of good shots and made a couple of nice putts.”
“I’m really shocked that Chip is only at 2 under,” Blumenfeld said. “He’s a good buddy of mine and a great player.”
“I play for one simple reason,” Blumenfeld said in an earlier interview. “I love the game, I love the sport. I took it up when I was about 14 or 15 years old, started caddying and loved it. I got pretty good right away, and my parents were supportive.”
After graduating from the University of Miami he toyed with the idea of turning pro, but as sometimes happens, his life took him in a different direction. “I decided to go to work instead and got married,” Blumenfeld said.
If Blumenfeld can pull off this victory, it would then become the biggest of his amateur career.
Howard Broun, a Calgary native, sits in third place after shooting an even- par 71. His three-day total of 210 will put him in the final group on Day 4 alongside his good friend Schultz.
“It’s nice to play with someone from where you’re from,” Broun said. “Today I was a bit shaky starting with a bogey, but then made eight pars in a row and a couple of birdies coming in but bogeyed the last- but I’m happy with it.”
Neither Schultz or Broun have an exemption into the USGA’s Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C., September 21-26 and both golfers said they would love to earn the winner’s exemption into the prestigious event.
Heading into Friday’s final round, two-time defending champion Chip Lutz, who currently sits in solo fourth at 2 under for the championship, will be paired with Duke Delcher of Bluffton, S.C., who carded a third-round even-par 71.
If Lutz can make up the two-shot deficit and win the Canadian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship, he will become the first American to win the title three times in a row.