Zhang takes 7-stroke lead

Nicole Zhang of Calgary Silver Springs is a near cinch to capture the Alberta Ladies Amateur golf championship after carding an even-par 71 Thursday to stretch her lead to seven strokes heading into today’s final round.

DEWINTON — Nicole Zhang of Calgary Silver Springs is a near cinch to capture the Alberta Ladies Amateur golf championship after carding an even-par 71 Thursday to stretch her lead to seven strokes heading into today’s final round.

With a 54-hole total of 207, Zhang has a comfortable lead over both Andrea Kosa of Calgary Glencoe and former Red Deer resident Jocelyn Alford of Calgary Earl Grey, both at 214. Kosa carded a third-round 73 while Alford had the best round of the day — a 2-under 69. Cara Vanderham of Innisfail was tied for 22nd after 54 holes after shooting an 85. Her three-round total is 248. Daryl Lynn Nepoose of Ponoka missed the 36-hole cut.