Brett Burgeson is on the verge of a PING Canada PGA of Alberta Club Professional Championship hat trick.
Burgeson shot a 5-under 67 Thursday, good for a two-shot lead over Kevin Broderson of Lacombe heading to the tee for today’s final round of the 36-hole event at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.
The Calgary Country Hills tutor is attempting to become the first player to win the provincial club pro title three times after taking top honours in 2003 and ‘04. He toured the front nine at the RDG&CC in 34 strokes and was 3-under 33 on the back.
Broderson, meanwhile, carded a 36 on the front and a 33 on the back for a 3-under total of 69.
Jason Vaughan of Fort McMurray was alone in third place after turning in a 70, while Scott Allred of Calgary Elbow Springs shot a 72 and Tim Sawatzky of Calgary Lynx Ridge came in with a 73.
Todd Fiske (36-38) of Red Deer River Bend and Joel Johannson (37-37) of Sylvan Lake Meadowlands were among four players recording a 2-over 74. The others were Ron Laugher of Priddis Greens and Shaun Piercey of The Ranch (Stony Plain).
Rounding out the Central Alberta contingent were Scott Bergdahl (42-41—83) of Sylvan Lake Lakewood, host pro Ken Frame (43-41—84), Wade Bearchell of Olds Central Highlands (44-41—85) and Greg Rissler of Stettler Pheasantback (43-43—86).
The final round of the tournament was scheduled to start at 7:20 a.m. today. The last groups were set to tee off at 8:20 a.m.