Colombia’s Aguado leads Canadian Men’s Amateur, Canada’s Bernard one shot back

TORONTO — Camilo Aguado shot an even-par 70 Wednesday to take a one-stroke lead at 7 under after three rounds at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

The Colombian carded three straight birdies on holes six, seven and eight at The Toronto Golf Club to lead by as much as three strokes, but a triple-bogey on No. 16 limited his lead to one heading to the final round of the championship.

“I’m happy, leading by one heading to the last round,” he said, after making par on the 18th hole. “But I made a stupid mistake on 16, I shouldn’t have used my driver. I still feel good because I made three straight birdies on the front nine. I missed a couple chances on the back, but I also made some good saves, so it all worked out.”

Defending champion Hugo Bernard of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., shot a third round of 1-over 71 to secure his spot in the final grouping, one-stroke back of Aguado.

The 22-year-old Bernard entered the final day of the 2016 tournament championship three strokes back of Blair Bursey and ended up shooting a 5-under-par 65 to win the event by two strokes.

“I like to be the chaser, so I love where I am,” Bernard said. “I just need to play my game — if I can stick to that I know I will have a chance to win tomorrow.”

Tied with Bernard at 6 under are Americans Zach Bauchou and Stratton Nolen.

Bauchou, from Forest, Va., shot the lowest of the top four after he carded a 2-under 68 and moved himself to the final grouping. The 21-year-old made the turn at 1 over par but went bogey free down the stretch with three birdies.

Nolen, who was coming off a second-round start that saw him register six birdies in his first six holes, shot a 71 on Wednesday. The Austin, Texas, native opened his round with a birdie but made the turn at 1 over after bogeys on holes seven and eight.

He will tee off the final round with Calgary’s Matt Williams and Josh Whalen of Napanee, Ont., in the second-last group.

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