Pendrith leads Shin by 1 at Porter Cup

Justin Shin's victory at the Northeast Amateur is the biggest of his career.

Justin Shin's victory at the Northeast Amateur is the biggest of his career.

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Oh, Canada.

Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ontario, shot a third-round 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Canadian National Team teammate and first-round leader Justin Shin into the Porter Cup’s final round. Pendrith’s three-day total is 13-under 197.

Texas A&M's Tyler Dunlap sits in third at 10 under.

Pendrith got off to a much better start at Niagara Falls Country Club on Friday, going out in 3-under 32. He birdied Nos. 3, 5 and 7.

The fifth hole has played as one of the toughest holes on the golf course this week. It was No. 1 handicapped hole in the first round, and over the last two days, it has played as the third toughest hole.

Pendrith made birdie when he stuck it to 10-feet from a 140-yards with his gap wedge.

“I played pretty solid today,” he said. “I made a lot of putts.”

He continued his strong play with key up-and-down par saves on Nos. 11, 16 and 17 to maintain his bogey-free round.

“The greens are just so undulated,” Pendrith said about the difficult closing holes, Nos. 16-18. “If you can get through them in even par or 1 over, I’d say that’s pretty good.”

Pendrith, a senior at Kent State, finished those three holes in 1 under.

Shin was playing pretty good golf himself as he finished with a 3-under 67. He was even par for the front side, but No. 10 was yet another momentum swing for him. He has birdied that hole every day this week.

He proceeded to make 6-foot birdie putts on Nos. 12 and 13, and then hit it to ‘an inch’ on the short par-4 15th to take his total score to 13 under. But on 17, he got ahead of himself, pushed his drive right and made bogey.

Shin is looking for his first victory since the 2012 Northeast Amateur.

“Tomorrow is going to be exciting,” he said. “I just want to make as many birdies as possible.”

Pendrith and Shin are just two of four Canadian National Team members here this week at the Porter Cup (Garrett Rank and Chris Hemmerich are the others).

“It’s pretty nice to see that,” Pendrith said when asked about how good the Canadian National Team has played as of recent weeks. “It’s nice to see that golf in Canada is improving.”

Pendrith and Shin are paired together for tomorrow’s final round (tee times have been moved up 30 minutes due to impending weather in the area tomorrow afternoon).

Each player has a measure of familiarity with the other and they each look forward to playing with one another.

“It’s very exciting. We’re going to have fun. We met each other this year, but we’re good buddies,” added Shin, a senior to be at New Mexico State.

It may be good to be Canadian tomorrow, eh?

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