Higginbottom holds lead but Stieger Hot

Jake Higginbottom's form continues as he holds a three stroke lead at the Keperra Bowl in Brisbane.

Higginbottom fired rounds of 67-67-69 to be at 13-under-par and in the process set up possible back-to-back victories following his win last week the Queensland Amateur with a 2&1 victory over Tim Hart at Arundel Hills.

"It's always good to get a "W" each season," says Higginbottom, 17.

"Winning the Queensland Amateur showed that I'm moving in the right direction with the work I've been doing. I was able to get off to a good start at Keperra and have held onto it. I'm looking forward to trying to get another win, but we'll see what the final round brings."

Any seasoned campaigner knows that a three shot swing in main amateur events can happen quicker than you can blink.

"I'll just play my game and do what I've being doing all week," says Higginbottom.

"If you take advantage of the par 5's then you will get to 5-under for the round. That's the plan and to make sure you capitalise on attacking the greens. I won't necessarily play aggressive, but assertive golf tomorrow to get the job done."

Hot on Higginbottom's heels are Rory Burke at 10-under-par in outright 2nd position, with Michael Smyth and Queensland Men's Stroke champion, Daniel McGraw, at 9-under-par and in a tie for 3rd position.

Burke a fortnight ago played impressive golf during the closing stages of the Golf SA Classic to finish in 3rd place at Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide. Yet to win a main amateur title, Burke best effort is a runner-up finish at the 2010 Portsea Open Amateur.

Smyth recently took a period of absence from top level amateur golf and has returned refreshed and better from his time away from the game.

The 2009 New South Wales Amateur champion has the experience and game to make his move to collect another main amateur title at Keperra and it will be interesting to monitor his final round.

Originally from Bankstown, Smyth is based with the NSW Institute of Sport and is eager to reclaim lost territory with his world ranking, which at one stage had Smyth inside the world's top-50, with a win at Keperra.

In a tie for 5th position and five strokes behind Higginbottom is a class pack of potential 2011 Keperra Bowl winners with current Australian Amateur champion, Matt Stieger firing the day's low round of 67 to move to 8-under-par.

Also at 8-under-par is Brett Drewitt, winner at the recent SA Golf Classic. Drewitt is a player capable of scoring low to make a final day charge for the title. Cory Crawford is also with Drewitt and Stieger after rounds of 69-68-71.

We are again faced with a classic finish to another Keperra Bowl and as usual the cream has risen to the top.

Higginbottom will take some stopping with the momentum he carries from winning the Queensland Amateur on the weekend.

Drewitt is hot on Higginbottom's heals with his recent win in Adelaide. Bourke is in need of a National Selection title to prove his mantel, while Smyth is in search of a win to resurrect his career as a main amateur.

That's not to discount Stieger, who already has to his credit wins this season at the Tasmanian Open and the Australian Amateur championship.

The world number 16 and Australia's top ranked amateur is a passionate and fierce competitor once the glove is on. Stieger will be striving for another win this season before heading to the UK and US next month.

Either way the final round at Keperra is sure to deliver an interesting result.

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