Saturday, 27 September 2003
Australia's David Good lived up to his name when he carded a fabulous seven under par 65 to take a one shot lead into the final round of the inaugural Merseyside English Seniors Open at Hillside Golf Club in Southport.

Good goes into the final round on eight under par 136 but just one shot ahead of England's Carl Mason who would win the Seniors Tour Order of Merit title if he collects the £22,500 first prize on offer this week. Mason carded a six under par 66 to end the day on seven under par 137 and a further three shots ahead of Scotland's Bill Longmuir, the current Number Two on the money list . Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan duplicated Longmuir's 69 to go into the final round in fourth place on three under par 141.

Good started the final round four shots off the pace but raced to the turn in four under par 32 and then added further birdies at the 13th, 14th and 17th. He also hit a six iron into nine feet on the 440 yard 18th but could not convert the putt that would have given him his eighth birdie of the day.

"That's the best I have played for quite a while," said the 56 year old from Tasmania.

"It's been a long and tiring season but I'd like to think I still have enough left in me to post another good score tomorrow.

"The secret round here is to be as careful as possible," he added. "It's not a course you can attack. There's far to much trouble for that."

Good's main opposition may well come from the irrepressible Mason who came into the event holding a 48,000 euro (£34,000) advantage at the top of the Seniors Tour Order of Merit after wins at both The Mobile Cup and the Daily Telegraph/Tusismo Andaluz European Seniors Match Play Championship.

Mason won the latter of those events last Sunday and might well make it two in-a-row after producing a fine 66 that included five birdies and just one solitary dropped shot when he three putted from ten feet at the 147 yard par four tenth hole.

During the first round Mason had been as much as four over par after his first four holes. However, 24 hours later, he started much more strongly, with birdies at the 399 yard par four first, the 195 yard par three fourth and the 504 yard fifth to go out in in 33. Coming home, he also carded consecutive birdies on the 398 yard 13th and the 400 yard 14th before finishing his round off with a three on the 440 yard par four 18th.

"It was nice to finish with a birdie and get to within one shot of David," said Mason. "I'm playing well. We will just have to see what happens in the final round."

The best comeback of the day came from England's Nick Job who recorded three bogeys and a triple bogey in his first five holes but then turned thing round by carding seven birdies over the remaining 13 holes. His two under par 70 means he goes into the final round in a share of 19th place on two over par 146.

Ireland's Joe McDermott and South Africa's John Fourie share the lead in the race for the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over. The pair go into the final round tied with Job after recording a 73 and a 75 respectively.

The main casualty on a perfect day for golf was Trinidad and Tobago’s Alan Mew who led after a first round 67 but dropped back alongside Fourie, Job and McDermott after a ruinous seven over par 79. “It was just one of those days,” said Mew. “I started poorly and never got going after that.”

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