Roger Tambellini continued his rock-solid performance at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic with a 66 in the third round of play – a score five under par.
He is at 18 under for the event and leads by two shots over South African Garth Mulroy.
Blake Adams and David Branshaw are tied for third at 14 under and Chris Anderson is in fifth at 12 under.
“It seemed more exhausting today. It was so windy—probably a good day to fly a kite but a bit tougher for golf,” Tambellini said beside the 18th green. “But it was a good solid round. I made a lot of four and five footers for par and was able to hang in there.”
He has held the third-round lead only one other time in his career at the 2003 Albertson's Boise Open, the first of his two victories on the Nationwide Tour.
Tambellini has also played two full seasons on the PGA Tour (2004 and 2006). He is currently 17th on the Nationwide Tour official money list. At the end of the year, the 25 leading money-winners earn PGA Tour cards for the 2010 season.
Tambellini played alongside Mulroy, who started the day three shots behind.
“I wasn’t watching the leader board, but it was nice to see him rolling in some putts too,” Tambellini said of his playing partner.
“When you have somebody doing that in your group it gives you a good positive feeling.”
In the amateur competition, the team of former Olympic speed skater Catriona Le May Doan and Nationwide Tour professional Derek Lamley lead by three strokes at net 37-under par.
Former women's hockey player and Hockey Night in Canada reporter/analyst Cassie Campbell sits in third, just five strokes back.
Last year's defending celebrity winner, Brett Hull, struggled with his putting game and did not make the cut after two rounds.
Tournament host Wayne Gretzky and Derek Gillespie are in second place at 34 under.
Calgary native Dustin Risdon became the first player of the 2009 season to make three eagles in the same round.
He did it in impressive fashion with a hole-out from 40 yards on the par-four ninth, a 30-foot downhill putt on the par-five 13th and another hole-out on the par-four 15th with a gap wedge from 128 yards.
Risdon finished the day with a five-under 66, 11 under overall and is tied for sixth.
The last player to make three eagles in a round was Kyle Reifers in the opening round of the 2008 Bank of America Open.
Reifers opened the tournament with a course-record 11-under-par 61 in the first round, had a rollercoaster one-over second round, and sits eight strokes back, tied for 11th place, through three rounds.
Blake Adams posted the low round of the day with a seven-under-par 64.