In a stellar show of skill and composure, Kitchener’s Chris Hemmerich is making the most of his professional debut at The Great Waterway Classic.
Playing on a sponsor's exemption as a recent graduate of Golf Canada's National Amateur team, the 21-year-old took the solo lead during yesterday’s third round at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Bath, ON, before play was suspended due to darkness
He reached 17-under with a birdie on the 15th hole, his last of the day, to lead by two over England’s Kelvin Day.
Despite being up against stiff competition, Hemmerich said he doesn’t expect to feel too many extra nerves today, and that he’ll rely on his existing competitive experience.
Day, who began the third round T1 with Micah Burke of the U.S., had carded two birdies, an eagle and a bogey before play was suspended to sit in solo second spot at 15-under.
Argentina’s Tommy Cocha, who fired a 6-under 66 in round three, and Burlington, ON’s, Michael Gligic were one shot further back at 14-under when play was suspended.
Day makes the most of local knowledge
While he may be a native of England and calls Charlotte, NC, home, Kelvin Day is putting some local knowledge to use this week at Loyalist Golf and Country Club. The Charleston Southern University alum is staying at the home of current Charleston Southern player Austin James, just off the 18th hole.
That would be the same Austin James whose father, Geoff, is the head professional at Loyalist, and comes from a family that boasts arguably more local knowledge than anyone. Austin, 18, is the reigning Canadian Junior Boys Champion, and sister Augusta, 21, is the reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion.