Power-ing His Way to the Top


Tod Power of Queensland, Australia, carded a 9-under-par 63 Saturday at the Castle Hill Country Club, and enters the final day of the Canon Challenge with a one-stroke lead at 15-under 201.
Chasing him at 14-under are three players; last week's winner of the New Zealand Open David Smail, Thomas Gogele of Germany and, most notably, young American prospect David Gossett.
Paul Gow, the overnight leader, slipped Saturday with a 74, and his once 5-shot lead following an opening round of 60 has now completely eroded. He, along with two others, trail Power by two shots.
'It's got nothing to do with pressure,' said Gow, who is also the defending champion of this event. 'If I don't win this golf tournament, I've got another golf tournament next week so I'll get up tomorrow morning again and do battle with myself again.'
Easy for Gow to say. He is only 30 years of age, and has already achieved a good deal of success in his young career. He has not been mowing lawns for his living the last couple of years. Chances are, he has not been cleaning pools either.
But that is exactly what the 36-year-old Power has been doing.
After some 12 years on tour, Power, a one-time winner at the 1993 Perak Masters in Malaysia, quit playing on the Australasian circuit full-time three years ago.
'I got sick of playing,' he said. 'I had a child. I just didn't feel like playing golf anymore. I played three times last year and missed three cuts so I gave it away.'
And now, he is back in contention for the winner's check of $99,000 this week.
But with the top 22 players in this field separated by just five strokes, the title is up for grabs entering Sunday. And 1999 U.S. Amateur champion Gossett seems happy with his play thus far, and likes his chances for the first professional win of his career.
'The thing I like about this tournament so far is that I have played well,' the 21-year-old stated. 'I have played consistent. I'm five-under-par, four-under-par, five-under-par, and that's good golf.'
'So I am in good position. Hopefully tomorrow I can make a few more putts and have a good number, and hopefully be the champion.'
He may indeed. Unfortunately, fellow young star and friend Aaron Baddeley won't be making this event his second win of the season. The Australian Open champion and favorite entering this week shot a 73, and enters Sunday 14 shots off the pace.
'I wanted to play well and I wanted to win the golf tournament,' said Baddeley, who urged Gossett to play the event. 'I don't enter golf tournaments unless I want to win, but unfortunately, I haven't played very well this week.'
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