TWO time winner Stefan Albinski has a three stroke lead going into the final round of the 2011 Australian Senior Amateur Championship in South Australia.
The Sydney golfer had three birdies in an up and down 75 that put his two round total at 148.
Fellow NSW golfers Rick Oliver and Ross Bockman share second place. The long hitting Bockman recorded the equal best round of the day with a one over par 73 while Oliver dropped some shots late to finish with a 76.
These three will make up the final group when the final round gets underway at the excellently prepared Tanunda Pines Golf Club in the Barossa Valley.
Four strokes from the leader is another two-time winner in Denis Dale, also a New South Welshman, who has a pair of 76’s and needs to find form with his putter if he is to challenge the leader.
Bill Banks, another previous Australian champion, is tied for fifth with newcomer Paul Maslen.
Playing in his seventeenth consecutive Australian Senior Championship Kevin Ashley bounced back from a first round 95 to hit a 76, an astonishing turnaround.
The championship is open to players aged 55 and over.
Given his usual form in important final rounds it will take something special to beat Albinski.
148 Stefan ALBINSKI 73 – 75 NSW
151 Rick OLIVER 75 – 76 NSW, Ross BOCKMAN 78 – 73 NSW
152 Denis DALE 76 – 76 NSW
153 Paul MASLEN 75 – 78 NSW, Bill BANKS 79 – 74 ACT
154 Peter KING 76 – 78 QLD, Steve CANN 77 – 77 VIC
155 Graham BOWEN 76 – 79 WA, Anthony GRESHAM 76 – 79 NSW
155 Grahame MACDONALD 78 – 77 QLD
156 Ross PERCY 75 – 81 VIC, Vince CLARK 78 – 78 NSW