Arnold moves at Victorian Open
Scott Arnold fired a third round 67 to be at 9-under-par and a share of the lead with New Zealander Michael Hendry following the third round of the Victorian Open at Spring Valley.
Arnold started six shots behind Hendry after earlier rounds of 71 and 66 to then card an impressive third round that included five birdies and just one bogey.
Scott Arnold (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Hendry opened the tournament with a stunning rounds of 65-66, but a third round two-over-par paved the way for Arnold to move towards securing his maiden Australasian Tour win.
“I knew that I was five back at one stage, but that did not worry me,” said Arnold, 26.
“I didn’t really worry about it, I just thought keep playing your game and what happens, happens. Through the back nine I was able to hole a few putts to keep going and ended up getting back to level now, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
Arnold comes from an impressive amateur background. Twice he won on the main Australian Amateur circuit claiming the 2009 Lake Macquarie Amateur and the 2008 Riversdale Cup.
Arnold then capped off his amateur career by winning the 2009 Australian Amateur at Royal Brisbane before heading to the UK were he’s established a base in Manchester plying his trade on the Challenge Tour.
This is not the first occasion on the Australasian Tour where Arnold has moved into contention for a title.
In 2009 at the NSW PGA Championship at Wollongong Golf Club he finished runner-up to Aaron Townsend.
A final round 65 at The Vintage in horrendous conditions when the majority of the field failed to break par gave Arnold a third place at the 2009 NSW Open.
“Hopefully, I’ve got a great final round left in me.” says Arnold.
“I’ve been playing well the last few weeks. I’ve no expectations going into tomorrow’s final round, but it would be great to get a good break and take this event out.”
Nipping on the toes of Arnold and Hendry is Matthew Ballard after rounds of 72-67-68 to be three behind the leaders at 6-under.
With Ballard is the ever talented and Japan Tour winner, Kurt Barnes.
Barnes is capable of going low and being within a sniff of the leaders, he is dangerous.
Tour journeyman Craig Parry is at 3-under-par, six behind Hendry and Arnold. A pack of four players, Steve Jeffress, Rika Batibasaga, Alistair Presnell and Anthony Summers are in a tie for sixth position at 1-under-par.