The 26-year-old Hend, coming off of Friday's 74, carded a 5-under-par 67 for a three-day total of 205 and a two-shot edge over Rob McMillan of Winnipeg, MB. McMillan could only manage 1-over-par 73 Saturday after carrying a three-shot cushion into the round. Steve Woods of Pleasanton, CA is 8-under, three shots back of Hend entering Sunday, while Danny Norton (Richmond, BC) sits at 6-under through 54 holes.
'I was fairly upset with yesterday's finish (4-over on the final four holes), I felt I let myself down,' admitted Hend, whose best Canadian Tour finish is a tie for seventh at last year's Ontario Open Heritage Classic. 'As today's round went on, I just kept telling myself not to lose concentration.'
Asked if he will take a different approach into Sunday's final round, Hend, who is 11-under on the par-5 holes this week, conceded he wanted to stay aggessive yet cautious.
'You have to play to your strengths in this game, so I'll continue to do that. I'll try to make the birdies where I can. If I can keep playing the way I have been, I should be okay. I've won golf tournaments before-I know what it takes; now I just have to do it.'
After a late-round collapse, Norton knows he will have to pick up his putting game if he is to contend Sunday. The 1997 B.C. amateur champion was tied with McMillan and Hend in top spot Saturday before the wheels fell off with a double-bogey on 15 and back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes.
'I hit the wall after missing that three-foot putt on the 14th hole,' he reasoned. 'I three-putted twice after that. I'll have to solve that by tomorrow or I won't have a chance.'
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