The eight-year Canadian Tour veteran carded a 4-under 66 Saturday at Uplands Golf Club and is at 11-under 199 through 54 holes, one shot better than Australian Scott Hend. Defending Order of Merit champion Aaron Barber is lingering just two off the pace, while David Hearn (Brantford, ON), Jason Bohn (Atlanta, Ga.), Steve Scott (Wellington, Fla.) and amateur Craig Doell of Victoria are at 8-under 202.
For Massey, the past couple of months have been unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Back in April, his condominium in South Carolina burned down and, just a few weeks later, he became ill during the Canadian Tours Mexico stop. To make matters worse, his golf clubs and clothing never arrived in Myrtle Beach, S.C. from Mexico and, using borrowed clubs and shoes, Massey shot 83-77 to miss the cut at the Myrtle Beach Barefoot Championship.
On Saturday, his luck seemed to take a turn for the better when, playing with roommate and good friend Bryan Wright, Massey was able to drain a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 seventh hole.
My main goal when I came out here today was to crush my friend here and make sure he went looking for another roommate, laughed Massey, pointing to Wright in the media room after the round. It was good playing with him, we were telling each other what balls we were playing at 8:30 this morning. But we come from two opposite ends of the spectrum - I went out for a run and was on the range two-and-a-half hours before we teed off. Bryan shows up an hour before.
Massey also had another stroke of bad fortune at last years Grant Forest Products/NRCS Classic. Never mind that Californian Derek Gilchrist chipped in for eagle on the final hole, minutes before Massey missed a short putt that would have given him his first title. In the playoff, a photographer snapped photos of Massey while he was following through on a putt. The ball was pushed left, and Gilchrist took home the winners check.
Still, Massey has no intention of changing anything when he is teamed with Hend on Sunday.
All the bad things that have happened, none of them have been life or death, just more annoying. Ive learned to go out and do my bestanything else I have no control over. Its like the old story says, what goes around, comes around. What I do know is that if Im going down (Sunday), Im going down hard.
Hend, who married longtime sweetheart Leanne Wednesday in front of the British Columbia Legislature, will head into the fourth day of his honeymoon just one shot back of Massey. His new bride will also act as his caddy Sunday, just as she has done for most of the year.
I dont know, ask Leanne, said Hend when asked if his wife was enjoying her honeymoon. Well, we got to take the umbrella out of the bag today, so it must have been a little bit lighter. That has to count for something. But I havent had a lot of luck playing in the final group on Sunday (finishing 2nd to Derek Gillespie in Myrtle Beach earlier this year)maybe that is about to change.
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