Beaufils moves at Rice Planters

Ray Beaufils has moved to within three strokes of the leader, American Austin Cody, following the third round of the Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club in South Carolina.

Beaufils has fired rounds of 69-70-67 to be at 10-under-par and in outright third position. Michael Smyth, winner of the 2009 New South Wales Amateur Championship, also made his move during the third round and is in a tie for 9th position at 4-under-par after rounds of 72-72-68.

Luke Bleumink is a stroke behind Smyth at 3-under-par, after the 2008 Victorian Stroke Champion fired rounds of 74-71-68.

Beaufils' campaign so far this season in the US has seen a mixed bag of results with a tied 29th finish at the Monroe Invitational last week, whilst the week before he finished in a tie for 35th at the Sunnehanna Amateur after opening strongly to be in a tie for 6th following the first round.

This week Beaufils has managed to play consistent golf and has prevented any blow out rounds from damaging his placing on the leaderboard. That's been the difference and the result is there for all to see.

All five Australians playing at the Rice Planters made the 54-hole cut for the low 60 and ties following the third round. Ryan Lynch is at even-par after rounds of 74-69-73, whilst Ben Weatherly is a 1-over-par with rounds of 73-73-71.

Australians have traditionally performed well at the Rice Planters Amateur, winning four of the last five tournaments. Last year, Matthew Griffin won his maiden US amateur title when he fired a closing round 3-under-par 69 to equal Aron Price's 2004 tournament record of 17-under-par to finish a stroke ahead of American Mike Stern, at 16-under-par. The year before Australia's Michael Foster won the title.

Beaufils has been knocking on the door of claiming a major amateur title for some time. The likeable Queenslander has moved himself into contention at Snee Farm Country Club and with the Australian record at the event, it would be fitting should Beaufils make the statistic five Australian winners from six events at the Rice Planters following tomorrow's final round.

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