Blyth began the day two shots behind the 36 hole leader, Aron Price, but recorded an equal best third round of 66 to move clear of the field. Four birdies in his first six holes was just the start Blyth was looking for although he stumbled late in his opening nine when he dropped three shots in three holes.
He re-gathered however and produced a closing nine of 31 to set up his first win on any recognised professional tour.
Blyth leads by three over Perth based New Zealander Michael Long, Canberra’s Matthew Millar and West Australian Stephen Dartnall with Price, Scott Strange and Victorian amateur, Zach Murray, sharing 5th position.
Blyth, originally from Yeppoon but in more recent years based in Brisbane, has been a professional for more than ten years and does have several runner-up finishes to his name in Asian Tour events but that important win has proven elusive.
Blyth may have a comfortable lead at this stage but there are a lot of very well credentialed players even as far back as seven shots behind so any stumble by the leader tomorrow could open the door for any one of fifteen or so players.
In the Oates Victoria Open for Women England’s Ladies European Tour player, Georgia Hall, retained her overnight lead with a third round of 2 under 71 to lead by two over the defending champion Marianne Skarpnord of Norway with Frances Justine Dreher and Denmark’s Nanna Madsen another shot back.
The leading Australian is local Su Oh who is six shots from the lead and perhaps not yet without a chance.
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