Colombian David Vanegas used his local knowledge to good effect to shoot a two under par 69 and grab the outright lead at the Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia, the opening tournament of the 2010 Challenge Tour season.
Vanegas, from the Club Campestre El Rodeo Sede La Macarena where the event is being played, started the third round one stroke behind the leaders but by the end of it he was one clear of Vince Covello, the American who also carded a 69.
Another shot back in third place at the US $220,000 event co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour and the Tour de las Americas were Spaniard Alvaro Velasco, Nathan Smith of the United States and Colombian Oscar Alvarez, who led after the second round by slipped back after a 72 on day three.
Defending champion Peter Gustafsson of Sweden posted a joint best of the day 67 which left him four shots behind the leader at four under.
Vanegas had a three shot lead after nine holes but then bogeyed the par five 16th. “I was a little nervous earlier in the day, but that was something I managed to control. I started with bogeys on the first and sixthbut then I found the strength to recover and finish well,” said the 23 year old who is aiming for his first professional win.
“I was careless on my second shot at the 16th. I thought it was so easy that I lost my concentration and made a bogey. Then a parred the last two, but I’m okay, I feel good.
“I think you have to be lucky to have a tournament of this magnitude at home, on a golf course you know so well. It would be huge for me to win, but I know it’s going to be a tough final round. There are many good players here, separated by only a few strokes.”
Covello said: “I’m excited to be in this position. It’s my first time at this kind of stage and I’m looking forward to playing well tomorrow.”
One of the highlights of the third round was a hole in one for Argentinian Miguel Rodriguez, who aced the 171-yard 17th with an eight iron.
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