After opening in Adelaide with a round of 70, followed by a course record second round, 64, Brett Drewitt made sure that his third round 1-over-par, 72, was enough to give him another chance to claim his first main amateur stroke title at the South Australian Classic in Adelaide.
In tough conditions Drewitt managed to keep his game and card tidy on a day where only six players in the thirty-seven field broke par.
Drewitt enjoys a six stroke lead over Daniel Bringolf and Brad Moules moving into the final round. The day's lowest scores were shared by Tom Bond and Brody Ninyette with 2-under-par rounds of 69.
"You have to capitalise on those rounds and go onto get the job done," says Drewitt.
"Today was a lot harder than the opening rounds and overall I'm pleased with where I'm placed. I won't play conservative tomorrow, I want to go out there and widen my margin, not play to protect it."
A main stroke title is something Drewitt wants to add to his ever increasing list of achievements that include a win at the 2010 Queensland Amateur and an international title where last season Drewitt was the only Australian to secure an international win with his 4&3 victory over American, Cory Renfrew, at the 109th Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club, British Columbia.
Those two victories were in match play, yet in Australia Drewitt has narrowly missed claiming a main amateur stroke event on a number of occasions.
"I've been close this season at the Tasmanian Open and at Riversdale, so hopefully here in Adelaide I can pull the win off," says Drewitt.
Drewitt this Australian season has also secured a top-16 at the NSW Amateur, a top-10 finish at the Lake Macquaire Amateur and a top-15 at the Master of the Amateurs.
"My game is stronger it was earlier in the season," says the world number 51.
"This week I've been hitting the ball and placing it well on the right parts of the course."
Drewitt also matured as a player and is acutely aware that another opportunity is there for the taking here in Adelaide.
"I learn't a lot after Riversdale and will probably approach tomorrow's final round differently. A lot depends on the weather, yet I'm planning to go out there and shoot a number in the 60's and that hopefully should be enough."
Conditions in Adelaide have favoured low scoring. Light rain has soften the magnificent Glenelg layout and is predicted to continue throughout the final round, yet the course presents a stern challenge for this classy field with 15 of Australia's top-20 amateurs are competing.
With Drewitt's nearest competitors moving into the final 18 holes six behind, Moules, Bringolf, Drakeford and Sean Underwood desperately need a low round in the 60's to have any chance of pressuring Drewitt.
"I know that if I stick to my game plan and stay focus, I'll have a solid chance of winning," says Drewitt.
They say good things come to those that wait and in Drewitt's case he done his share of waiting with close calls in securing a main amateur stroke title this Australian summer.
The events in Tasmania and Melbourne were character building for him. They were like chapters in Drewitt's development as one of our best emerging amateurs and he's wiser from them.
This South Australian Amateur Classic is for Drewitt's taking provided he plays within himself and keeps his discipline, which after Riversdale and the Tasmanian Open he'll be sure to do.
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